Minutes of September meeting

Hello all

Below is the update from the head teacher from our september meeting

othe rkey decisions were

Sponsored welly walk –  decision to postpone the walk until spring to have more preparation time.

Wikihouse – plans are ongoing to move the wikihouse currently in the grove garden in Fountainbridge to the school playgound which will be used as an outdoor learning resource.

Tea towels and Christmas Cards – Mairi has offered to co-ordinate the christmas cards and Beverley has offered to co-ordinate school tea towels.

Head Teacher Update

We have enrolled 35 P1 pupils.  The roll currently is 220 up from 190 last September.

Nursery numbers growing.

This session we are offering more flexible nursery hours to parents and moving to a 52 week service.  This is an exciting opportunity.

This session there are nine classes, at present this is straight classes. We needed to recast the P2 stage and did this through groupings and friendship.

We have welcomed Ms Jade Anderson to the staff permanently  Jade made it to the preferred list for Edinburgh recruitment after a central interview process.  The standard was very high and was one of only a few teachers to make it into the list. We were delighted she was matched to Tollcross as she has fitted into the staff team really well.

Retirees

Mrs Thomson

Mrs Primrose

New staff

Ms McLaren

Ms Callahan

Ms McAlister

Mrs Drummond extended absences through ill health.

 Attainment in maths and literacy still remains high.  We will again be above the City average in Reading and Numeracy at P1, P4 and P7.

 This session we are focussing on teaching and learning

MLPS

Bedtime Movie!!!

Bring your Pyjamas, and snuggle down in the school hall for the original (and best) ….

Jungle Book!

The Jungle Book (1967)
Bedtime movie 13 May – the Jungle Book

Friday 13th May @6pm

(movie starts at 6.30)

Tickets: £2.50

We are getting a very generous donation of Pizza from Papa Johns so bring empty stomachs and full wallets!

Pizza  – popcorn  –  – Tuck shop   – Raffle

Please note: Parents are responsible for their children at PTA events. Nursery and P1 – p3 must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian

All funds raised will go towards improving our school.

Help Required!  We are still looking for parent volunteers to help on the night.  if you would like to help out please get in touch.

Minutes, Meetings and Milk

Minutes

The minutes from the last meeting on 29th February are now available on the Meeting Papers Page.

Meeting

Note that the next meeting is on Tuesday 19th April at 6.15 in the school.  if you would like to suggest an agenda item get in touch!.

Flavoured Milk – let us know your thoughts!

At the last PC meeting one parent raised concern over the flavoured milkschool offering flavoured milk and juice with the school lunches and asked that the drinks be restricted to plain milk and water.  A lengthy discussion ensued with with many opinions.  A majority of parents (and teachers) were in favour of introducing a trial period of only offering plain milk to see how it goes down with the kids.

It was felt that we didn’t have enough parents at the meeting to be properly representative of the school so we decided to canvass for opinion through the email and facebook group.

If you have an opinion on this issue it would be great to hear your views either through the FB thread or email directly to tollcrossparentcouncil@gmail.com.

For information the ‘plain’ milk has 5g of sugar/carbs and the apple juice has 5.6g.  The Strawberry milk is the highest with 7.4g.  Juice and flavoured milk are only offered occasionally and water is always available on the tables.  The school are going to put flavoured milk out of reach for the youngest children and if individual parents don’t want their children drinking flavoured milk they are happy to reinforce that if parents wish.