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Hermitage Academy Parent Council

April 2018 Update

We hope you all enjoyed the time off over the Easter Holidays, over March and April the PC have met with Mr Williamson and Mr Hotchkiss to discuss a number of matters covering school improvements and providing general updates.

Firstly, the Parent Council would wish to extend a very big THANK YOU to all the teaching staff who committed to the Easter Study Programme for pupils in the Senior School, providing your time and ongoing support is very much appreciated.

Over the next few months the PC will be working with the Senior Leadership Team to develop aspects of the School Improvement Plan for the next school year.  The PC will ensure a focus on parental/carer communication as this remains a key priority for the parent forum, based on feedback to date.

We’re delighted to hear that work to finalise the administration of pupil lockers is well underway and the school will be providing the details on how to sign up and pay for pupil lockers in the next school year, hopefully before the end of the summer term…..stay tuned!

Miss Baird has been instrumental in the development of the schools use of online methods for signing up for senior study sessions as well as updating the school website.  If you have any further improvements or suggestions you’d like to see please let the school know directly or feel free to contact the PC via our facebook pages or our year group reps.

Recent discussions have also focused on the use of a Homework App  ‘Show My Homework’ to again improve communications with home in respect of homework.  Work between the school and the PC is ongoing to ensure an easy to understand Parental guide is available.

In light of the recent the recent statement “School libraries play a vital role in supporting literacy & improving attainment” – Deputy First Minister John Swinney, the PC continue to press for improved use of our School Library.  Mr Williamson will be reviewing the funding available to schools; we look forward to hearing what new formats and improvements the pupils can expect from the start of the new term.  You can read more about the scheme via https://scottishlibraries.org/about-us/news/school-library-fund-opens-for-bids/

Improvements to the seating available in the school canteen will be addressed by a proposal to have additional outdoor seating.  Further details will be available once the final decisions on the seating design and outdoor ‘coffee barrel’ are nearer completion. .

The next public meeting of the Parent Council will be held in the final June term, to which all parents are warmly invited.  Date to be confirmed due to a number of school commitments.

Finally, the PC would like to wish all Senior Phase pupils the very best of luck as they approach their exams and final unit assessments.

Dream Big!

If you can dream it, you can do it.”  — Walt Disney

February 2018 Update

February has been a busy month for Hermitage Academy Parent Council, we participated in the mid-point Local Authority Review providing feedback on the school website, handbook and general communication strategy.  

We continue to highlight parental views on the use of a homework app to provide a much needed overview of the homework expected across all departments within the Academy.   This will remain an agenda item through our monthly meetings.

The Parent Council were delighted to welcome Mr Hotchkiss to the school as DHT for S2/S3.  We look forward to working with Mr Hotchkiss and the Senior Leadership Team as we finalise areas for review from this year. 

The Committee have agreed to amend the format of our monthly meetings to hold public meetings every second month and allow working group meetings to operate inbetween.  We hope this new format provides the school and the committee more opportunity to roll out any actions.  Happy to hear forum feedback on the structure and frequency of our meetings.