St Joseph's Parent Council

5 Queen's Road Aberdeen

News from April 2018

So, it’s May already!  Here’s what was discussed at the April PC meeting and has happened since:

  • Nicole, our Active Schools Coordinator was our guest – we discussed how to get more families aware of what Active Schools does and agreed to fund 1/2 day per week of extra sessions, until term end, for £240.
    • More info on clubs here
    • Join Nicole’s mailing list and hear about clubs early by emailing NiGordon @ and / or follow her on facebook).
  • New Data Protection rules (“GDPR”) come in on 25th May.  Everyone who is on the PC mailing list will receive an email asking them to OPT IN again to keep receiving news; sorry about the inconvenience, but this is the law.  The same will happen with class reps and WhatsApp / Facebook /  email groups.
  • Parent Audit – thank you to everyone who completed one and for the useful feedback.
  • SUMMER FAIR – 23 June, 12-2; theme will be Superheroes!  All volunteers, helpers and suggestions welcome – contact Karon.
  • We agreed to pay for renewed subscriptions to First News (£686) and Sumdog (£460). Other funding requests were deferred to next meeting.
  • We are once again fully-staffed until term-end thanks to our Senior Management’s efforts.
  • Opportunities for volunteering in school:
    • Golden Time clubs, Fridays 2.30-3.05
    • Garden Tidy Day was Sat 21 Apr – 40 adults & children turned up in the glorious sunshine to clean, sand, paint, garden and run about wildly!  There were chocolate rewards, shared picnics and some delicious lemon cake.
    • We have 7 people going to the Bikeability training course but will need helpers too, to make sure we can cover both P7 classes.  Please contact Aurelie or Karon if you would like to help.
  • Dates for your diaries:
    • P1 inductions – 14 June
    • The Lion King show – 20&21 June in the evening
    • Summer fair – 23 June, 12-2
    • Pluscarden family picnic, 24 June. More info here
    • Sports Day – 27 June, pm (backup 4 July)
    • School reports issued 29 June.
    • NEXT PC MEETING MOVED to FRIDAY, 18 May, 1.30-3pm. Hope to see you there!

Spring 2018! Oh yes!

Actions following Tuesday’s PC meeting:

  1. School Consultation – Please can all parents try to read the new St Joseph’s Draft Positive Behaviour Policy and respond to  the consultation (click to follow links). All families will be expected to follow this once it is passed, so take your chance to comment!
  2. Easyfundraising – it’s in the name… Download the app or install the add-on and raise money for the school when you shop online.  Our top fundraising family has raised almost £400 for school without it costing them an extra penny – if you ever shop online, visit, register and start helping us to fund extras for all our children.
  3. P7 Bikeability – needs volunteers to help run and marshall Bikeability (the new name for Cycling Proficiency).  We are planning to deliver this to P7 classes in May / June and will need as many helpers as possible. If you want to become a fully-fledged cycle trainer, you can do a FULLY-FUNDED one-day course (date TBC).  If you just want to help a bit, all you need is enthusiasm.  The more people help, the less hard work it is.
    There are three P4-7 parents already roped in to be trained but more are needed to marshall and we will train as many as we can! Get in touch – even if your children are only P4 – it could be their turn next year as Level One Bikeability (basic skills in the playground) can be delivered from P5 upwards…
    For any parents wanting to do a basic road-worthiness bike check, try this video from Cycling Scotland
  4. Garden Tidy Family Day – will be Sat 21 April @ school. Come and help paint, fix, clean and freshen up our beautiful school grounds!
  5. Summer Fair – looking for volunteers to plan and help run the day.  All help gratefully appreciated; this is our big event!

Feb-March 2018

Apologies for the delay in getting this out.  I will post more March news following the PC meeting on Tuesday.

  • Impact of poverty on pupils’ attainment at school: The Scottish Government Consultation is at liamentarybusiness/CurrentComm ittees/107857.aspx   (Deadline 22 March)
  • Eating Disorders Awareness Week for advice and information
  • Keeping Our Children Safe Police Scotland & partners are hosting a live Facebook “SOCIAL MEDIA” event on the NE Police Division facebook page on Weds 21 March 2018, 7-9 pm.
    • officers and advisers who specialise in child protection will be on hand to answer any questions
    • advice and tips on the night to help young people be aware, stay alert and keep safe. 
    • private message function for sensitive questions. No topic is off limits.

January 2018

Burns-ish CeilidhTHIS FRIDAY, 19 Jan 18.30-20.30 – BRILLIANT band, BYO drinks and nibbles, £5 per ticket, under-5s FREE! A sell-out last March – but tickets are still available for this one! That’s a lot of exclamation marks!

Donations of Christmas jumpers – gratefully welcomed for next year’s sale. Please send in to school office FAO Nearly-New Uniforms / A Irving.  Thank you!

Science week 19-23 Feb 2018 – volunteers to help / run workshops gratefully welcomed – please speak to your class teacher if you would like to help.

Latest news – December 2017

2017 Christmas Fair – Massive thanks to everyone who organised, set up and attended our Christmas event, which raised just over £3750. Some of this will go towards the Google Chromebooks our children are now starting to use in class.

Looking ahead, our next events are:
Burns’ night-ish family ceilidh – 19th Jan 2018, 6.30-8.30pm

2018 Garden & Grounds Spring Clean: We will be looking ahead to running this again around Easter time – the first one, two years ago, brought together 40 adults & children in the pouring rain to tidy, pick up, rake, weed and prune / buzz-cut. This year, there will be fences to paint too – so plenty to keep all talents busy.

The first volunteers get started…

Giving the shrubs a haircut!

The Great Buddleja re-shape…








Summer family event / ceilidh – 1st June 2018, 6.30-8.30pm


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