Parent Council and Parental Engagement

Message from Claire Horsburgh, PC Chair:

Peer Support Coffee and Chat Mornings

Hope you managed to enjoy some of the sunshine last night!

The poll conducted found that Friday’s were the preferred days for our peer support coffee and chat sessions.

I have booked the community room for Friday 26th May at 9am. I will be there about 9.10am once I pop the wee one into nursery.

Do you want to join me?

On the back of a very informative sessions with Rose from the family team on Thursday and Friday on Anxiety in Children I thought we could make this the first discussion topic.

The purpose of the group is to provide support to each other as a parent forum, so the sessions will be parent to parents rather than teachers.

๐Ÿ˜ Let’s share our experiences, maybe something worked for you and your family that another family hasn’t thought of.

๐Ÿ˜ Maybe you just need to know that you are not alone!

๐Ÿ˜ Come along and join me, it’s a confidential space. 

๐Ÿ˜ Even if you just want a warm cuppa and a chance to take a breather for an hour.

๐Ÿ˜ Topic is not set in stone, if there is another topic you want to have a chat about please do let me know.

I’ll be there until about 10am but I have the room booked until 11am so if anyone is running late or the discussion takes longer we have time.

If your planning popping along please let me know (comments or dm) so I know how many cakes to buy and seats to set out โ˜บ๏ธ

Sports, Health and Wellbeing Week 6th – 9th June: if you can, join us on Friday 9th June for the house relays – more information to come but keep the day free if you want to join us late morning until early afternoon. We’ll also have a relaxation session for parents to see what the rest of the school will have been doing and it is something you can do as a family as well. We’re just finalising the activities for the week and will share the timetable with you. For some children and young people wearing the school uniform is really helpful in maintaining routine but feel free to wear easy sportswear all week that week as there will be daily activities around health and wellbeing all week. I know one or two people have approached Parent Council members about a traditional sports day with individual competition but as this is part of our curriculum we keep it inclusive and about being the best YOU can be rather than against each other. There are competitive sports clubs for those who enjoy that element and as a school we encourage youngsters to compete in local athletics and running events: Inter schools and Baillie cup both coming up soon.

Parental engagement with the school has been terrific this school year since we’ve been allowed to meet again. I can’t thank parents and carers enough for stepping up and helping to make Smithton even better from getting necessary paperwork and checks to be able to help at the school to attending meetings, sharing experiences and helping us get things right for the community. It was also wonderful to see so many of you at the Big Spring Sing on Friday night where our Sing and Sign group performed twice to help funds for The Haven which will be opened in July with a grand opening in August…watch this space as we’re invited to be part of the official proceedings…Can I also give a shout out to all our parents and staff who give up their free time after school and in evenings taking groups of children for a wide range of extra curricular activities. You have also inspired some of the P7 young people as there are now two clubs that they are leading – athletics and running at lunch times and a Friday after school chess club. The grounds are being enhanced by our gardening group and, again, we couldn’t do all of these things without the generous support of staff and parents. Thanks to Donna and Elaine who have been busy over the weekend in the Four Seasons garden – photos below. What I love most with all the plants and flowers is that they have been donated by the community from their own gardens..a huge thank you to all of our community.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow and those who have been off sick – we’ve missed you.

Aileen Mackay, HT

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