Here are the approved minutes of the Parent Council meetings in October and November 2012 and January 2013. You can also find them on the Parent Council page. We are hoping to post the agenda here for the next meeting on Wednesday 10 April 2013 at 6.30pm. All parents and carers always welcome.
I hope we have all had a good festive time..
For this new year whilst people make their new years resolutions why not make one about having an active part your child’s school. We are so lucky to have such a nice school for our children and we can all do our part for the school and give back to help improve on the wonderful experience our children already receive.
If anyone would like attend the Parent council it is this Wednesday 16th January 2013, and all are welcome whether you are mum,dad,carer or grandparent!! It will begin at 6.30pm in the Infant School staff room.
Have a wee read. These are the minutes of our last meeting. Our next meeting is Thursday 22 November 2012 at 6.30pm in our staff room. Paul Lavery, Active School Co-ordinator will speak to us. We will also be discussing Religious and Moral Education, the Christmas Shopping Night, nursery places in Prestonpans and our Facebook page.
Last week, Prestonpans Infant School and other East Lothian schools were invited to take part in a new health initiative, The Smoke Free Homes Programme, where children make lealets for their families, asking them to allow them to live in smoke free homes, either by
1. declaring homes completely smoke free and smokers agreeing to smoke outside or
2. smokers agreeing to smoke in a room that children don’t go into.
The reason for the campaign is that children living with smokers are passive smokers themselves because they inhale Second Hand Smoke and that there is conclusive proof that this Second Hand Smoke affects children’s health and leads to these children being more likely to smoke. The campaign is not a Stop Smoking Campaign but asks adults to pledge not to smoke in the room/car when children are there.
I circulated the email to staff and to the Parent Council for their consideration and asked them to reply to all. I’ve since asked if I can publish the responses on the website and so here they are.
“I am all for things like this in schools, my son was taught about the dangers and effects of drugs,drinking and smoking in primary 4 and at that time I was a smoker myself,but to hear your child speak about the effect of smoking and the dangers to his health really hit home and thanks to the primary school teaching this. I have been a non-smoker for 4 years and please feel free to use this as an example”
“If this was as part of a Health Week, then it could be useful and relevant. As a stand-alone project it may well go beyond parental ‘involvement’ and into the realm of ‘interference’ – and may be well ineffective. At the risk of sounding like my 11 year old: What’s the point? This WHO report from 2006 ( www.euro.who.int/document/e88185.pdf ) casts some doubt on whether Health Promoting Schools are effective in improving health and well-being in the long-term.”
A difficult one to balance, but I would argue caution before intervention. If we get too obsessed re the vague Curriculum for Excellence, do children end up attempting to ensure the outcome asked for ? Yes, smoking is one of the many perils our children face. But many other are faced every day. From my view, there are better things for the school team to spend time on! “
The approved minutes from the meeting held on 25th April are now available to view here
The approved minutes from the Parent Council meeting held on 28 March are available to view here – http://edubuzz.org/prestonpansinfant/parent-council-news/
The approved minutes from the Parent Council Meeting held on 29th February can now be viewed here http://edubuzz.org/prestonpansinfant/parent-council-news/
PINS PC mtg 29.02.12 These are the draft minutes from the Prestonpans Infant Parent Council meeting on 29 Feb 2012.
We are all looking forward to welcoming you to Parent Consultations tomorrow, Wed 14th March in the evening and on Thurs 15th March after school. There will be teas and coffees in the dining hall and a creche for young children. However there won’t be a bookstall this year. This was decided in agreement with the Parent Council, who felt there was a lot of pressure from children to buy books, when many parents and carers couldn’t really afford that or preferred to buy books elsewhere or did not want to use books as a ‘reward’ at Parent Consultations. Out of respect for this, we cancelled the book fair. We look forward to seeing you all tonight and tomorrow.
The approved minutes from the parent council meeting held on 8th February are now available for viewing in the parent council section of the website.