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A few years ago a group of Parent Council Chairs were instrumental in bringing about the WHOLE WEEK BREAK in February, it was useful for people wanting to go away.

Highland Council achieved this by putting 3 of the 'In Service' training days in February.

Now they feel that teachers benefit from more training at other times of the year. There is only one 'In Service Day' in February and just 2 days of official policy.

The Group of PC chairs will be discussing with the Director of Education if the whole week break could be achieved in other ways.

One possibility is 

  • Kids going to school on either Good Friday or Easter Monday
  • The school year finishing on a Friday not a Thursday

The timetable is published a long way ahead so this would not be implemented until Feb 2017 but we need to know people's opinions now.

Questions

1. Would you like a whole week break in February

2. Are you OK with kids going to school on Good Friday or Easter Monday

3. Are you OK with the school year ending on Friday not Thursday

 

See also the Highland Council website support for learners area

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No sooner said than done!
Need to get Sally's e-mail address on here!

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Here is a link to a handy site for all parents with a child/children at school in the Highlands - www.chipplus.org.uk

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Please add any commenst, questions or queries you may have on the school's Three Year Strategic Plan. The plan can be found on the Planning & Policy page of the Parent Council Website.

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Please add any comments, questions or queries you may have on the school's Standards and Quality Report. You can find the report in the Policy & Planning page of the Parent Council Website.
Thanks for using the Blog.

Good idea, I will pass it on to the school. I see no reason why they couldn't post such info as a banner on their home page.
Great to see the new/updated website going - looks good. If school closes due adverse weather would it be possible to announce on school website? Thanks just a thought.
Following up on a recent enquiry regarding delayed/cancelled school buses, I have the following info from the school.
Firstly - when the school receives notification of delays or cancellations to scheduled school bus timings all possible action will be taken to get the news out to the information points, the messaging service and Moray Firth Radio. However, this is very much depends on the bus company notifying the school in time and, unfortunately, this has not always been the case.

Secondly - there is clear guidance for parents and pupils about how long they should wait for transport if it does not turn up. This is provided in the school prospectus and in the adverse weather information letter which is issued annually (October) to all families who travel on school transport ( a copy of which is included as an appendix in the prospectus). This information is also on the school website and on the Highland Council website. This clearly states that:

‘Parents should advise their children on how long they should wait at the pick up point for their transport. This will depend on the prevailing weather conditions and the availability of shelter at the pick-up point. During adverse weather conditions no pupil is expected to wait longer than 20 minutes past the normal ‘pick up’ time’.

Finally - the concern about not informing parents of a pupil’s no arrival to school when a bus does not run is slightly different and one the school has considered before. In the past when a message was put out stating that pupils had not arrived the school got complaints from parents who stated that it was obvious why the pupil was not in school. Some were upset that they had to stop driving, interrupt a meeting or whatever to read a text message. Consequently, the school works on the assumption that it is reasonable to expect that children communicate with their parents in the event of transport not arriving.

Hope this proves to be useful.

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So much for global warming! With snow on the ground since mid-December, this winter has been a real stinker. Please tell us of your concerns and experiences regarding the school's winter procedures.
As promised, an update on the 'Lost Property' front. It would seem that there has indeed been a bit of a hick-up on the issue of lost property. The school is planning to go back to the old system of routinely (probably once a term) conducting a sweep of the school to collect in all and any items left abandoned or forgotten. The resulting treasure hoard will then be held centrally, advertised and will be made available for parents/pupils to stake their claims. Hope this helps.
Another fair call and thanks for using the GGS Parent's Blog. I will look into what the school's arrangements are, if any, and see if they can't get something more satisfactory put in place. Watch this space for an update in due course.
I have an overwhelming frustration that there is no formal arrangement for lost property at the school. My youngster is particularly careless and I often have to trawl the school seeking out and going through out piles of abandoned sweatshirts and other kit looking for his. Surely many others must be in the same boat. School uniform is so expensive. Naming items does not make a blind bit of difference as it appears to go astray regardless.

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Have you tried our web shop? If not, why not?

The web shop is easily accessible via our website and allows you to access all your favourite web stores. Each time you spend in these stores via our web shop the retailer will pay us commission from their profit margin. So it costs you no more than normal web shopping and we get cash to plough back into the school. How good is that!

Let me know what you think of the web shop... good, bad or ....
The simple answer to your question is yes and no. Yes you can help raise funds for the parent council and therefore the school by using our web-shop. By accessing retailers' sites via our web-shop they will pay us commission out of thier profits, so it costs you no more than normal. Unfortunately, ebay is not one of the retailers/sites that is part of the web-shop scheme. If you want to have a look at our web-shop a link is at the foot of the Parent Council web site home page. This is easily accessed from the school's website home page - the big GGS Parent Council link. If you do not have the school's website it is easily googled or use www.grantowngrammar.highland.sch.uk
Hello,

I have been told that I can help to raise funds for the school buy shopping on ebay via a site organised by the Parent Council. How do I access it?
Thanks!
Further to my last... The school has responded and the head janitor is on the case. Standby for extra clean kids!
OK, a fair call. I will pass your comment on to the school and see if we can't get the situation resolved.
I am shocked to hear from my son that there is still no soap in the dispensers in the boys toilet,apparently the the disensers have never been filled since the toilets were refurbished and only one dirty green bar of soap is provided!I know this has been raised before and the girls ask regularly to have soap filled up but surely in light of the swine flu out break school should be stepping up basic hygiene????