St Joseph's Parent Council

5 Queen's Road Aberdeen

CLOSED: St Joseph’s School Curriculum Workshop

Dear Parents and Carers,

The SignUp period for the Curriculum Workshop for the 16th of January is now officially closed. We have filled 95% (with 2 spaces left) of the spaces and this is a great achievement!

I thank you in advance for volunteering your time and I look forward to seeing you all on the day.

Best wishes

Eugenio Constantino

CLOSING: St Joseph’s School Curriculum Workshop

Dear Parents and Carers,
The Sign Up for the Curriculum Workshop is closing fast. It will be closed on Thursday 10th of January @ 20:00. There are only 14 spaces left and we are looking to fill all 40 spaces with the aim to provide a rich and diverse set of inputs to help Mrs Lindsay to develop our School Curriculum.
Once again, details of the workshop as well as sign up can be found in the following link. This sign up is protected by an access code. When prompted, enter the code “1601” for access
Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you and see next Tuesday
Eugenio Constantino

UPDATE: St Joseph School Curriculum Workshop

Dear Parents and Carers,
The responses to the curriculum workshop invitation so far has been very positive, and I thank those who have already signed up. We still have 18 spaces available today.
We are looking for a diverse working group to help Mrs Lindsay to develop a Curriculum Rationale that represents the views of our school population. So far we have an overwhelming number of ladies and therefore I’m hoping to encourage more male participation.
Once again, details of the workshop as well as sign up can be found in the following link. This sign up is protected by an access code. When prompted, enter the code “1601” for access
Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you and Merry Christmas.
Eugenio Constantino

INVITATION: St Joseph School Curriculum Workshop

Dear Parents and Carers,

You are cordially invited to take part in a Curriculum Workshop (16th January 2019 @18:00) organised by Mrs Lindsay, our School Head Teacher. Details of the workshop as well as sign up can be found in the following link.
This sign up is protected by an access code. When prompted, enter the code “1601” for access
Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you
Best Regards
Eugenio Constantino

December External Newsletters

Dear Parents and Carers,
This month the Parent Council has received two exciting Newsletters from ParentKind and the National Parent Forum of Scotland. You can visit their December e-Newsletters in the following links. Enjoy:
Best wishes
Eugenio Constantino

on behalf of St Joseph’s School Parent Council

December News

Dear Parents and Carers,
I trust this message finds you all well.
I write to give you further updates since our last Parent Council Meeting on the 22/11/18.
  1. PC Mission Statement: we have received some positive comments and with just one minor adjustment, we have updated our Mission Statement 2018/9 to be:

    “To get more parents and carers involved in the life of our school.”


  2. Objectives: to support our mission statement, the committee has agreed for this school year we are going to deliver 7 objectives roughly in the following sequence (this is based on our estimate on how much time we can volunteer and how many office bearers we have). The great news is, for each of the objectives we now have a committee member acting as lead to help deliver it:
    1. To define new and smarter ways of working for the PC and Committee [Eugenio]
      To improve collaboration efficiency; improve information sharing and transparency; to improve operation continuity and succession planning
    2. Refresh the PC Communication Plan [Eugenio supported by Aurelie]
      To achieve a simpler and more efficient way of communicating between PC and parents. The purpose of this plan is to prepare a range of communications to various audiences; creating a timetable to provide regular communications to parents as appropriate. The plan should facilitate event planning, organisation and ultimately improve parents’ involvement experience. The implementation of the plan will use a variety of channels, which may involve a mixture of digital tools and face-to-face meetings.
    3. Deliver a Parent Council Yearly Plan [Eugenio]
      The Parent Council Year Plan is an integrated plan which improves the visibility of the deliverables by the different working groups. This plan will be the primary communication tool to the PC, demonstrating forward planning and objectives tracking
    4. Deliver a yearly Event Plan to facilitate forward planning of school events* [Eugenio supported by Caroline]
    5. Deliver a yearly Fundraising / Spending Plan to prioritise funds for school improvements* [Carla Montiel]
      The purpose of this plan is to define a small underlying process framework to estimate yearly incomes and prioritise expenditures to implement school improvements. It should also outline a yearly cycle of key fundraising events. The plan may also identify the digital tools and meeting cadences to be used by the Fundraising committee in order to facilitate fundraising event planning and organisation.
    6. Deliver a brand new playground* [Gisella Gordon]
    7. Institute a positive culture in the PC that attracts and retains parents participation* [Eugenio]
      To focus on Diversity and Inclusion in our parent council
In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sitting down with the committee to define the Key Results for each Objective, to build necessary working groups*, and to flesh out these plans. Some of these objectives will need as much support as we can get in order to make them a reality. Therefore…
REQUEST: we would like to appeal to YOU for your support by volunteering your time to be part of these working groups.
Last but not least, Christmas Fair is now less than a week away, and I’m sure you’re just as excited as I am about it. I believe the Christmas Fair committee led by Caroline are doing a fantastic job and no doubt this year will be a success (again). Please get involved, volunteer your time and I shall see you all on the 8th of December.
Best wishes
Eugenio & the PC Team

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.


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