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If you have any good ideas that that could help raise money for the school or are willing to help out at fund raising events please leave a comment here or contact the Fund Raising Group Chairperson (Sally Pilkington) at t-pilkington@sky.com
Giles,

Thanks for using the Parent's Forum. You are absolutely right; the link to this forum currently only appears on the School Home Page. I will have a word with the school's web master and have him also add a link within the Parent's section.

I must admit I like the idea of the webshop. I had a quick look at www.buy.at/hallaboard and it looks very impressive. I have not had much experience in this area but will pass on the suggestion to the school and the Fund Raising Group of the Parent Council.

As it stands both the chairpersons of the Fund Raising Group and the Communications Group openly advertise their email addresses on the GGS Parent Council Newsletter. Details are: Fund Raising Group - Heather Tucker - tarrad.heargan@btopenworld.com and Communications Group - Andy Liggat - clan-liggat@liggat2007.orangehome.co.uk

If you have experience of the webshop concept, please get in touch.
This is the second time I have had to type this, somehow it got lost when I hit Preview, and I could not go back to it, so I am saving it in word first.

I am a parent of a child starting S1 next term

Some comments about the website etc

1. The link to this forum is not available by going to school, parents, parents forum or anywhere else in the parents section

2. I only found the icon for this forum when I realised the ggschool page was larger than appeared on my screen.

3. The parents council and parents forum sections could benefit from further info but the Parents Council presentations at the Parents Evening for new entrants was excellent. However I could not find a parents council rep to whom to hand back my willingness to help form, will do so next term.

4. How about getting a webshop. Check out www.buy.at/hallaboard. Participating companies would then pay commission to the school. Details of the organisers are on that site or you can contact me

5. A tale about that. My children currently attend a primary school in Staffordshire. One day I was walking to school behind 3 fellow members of the PTA and saw they were wearing identical jeans. I asked them whether they were doing so deliberately, and they said no, it was just that they were all devotees of Next’s on line shop. I asked them whether they used the link from the school webshop to get commission for the school and none had! Moral: Many folk visit it once and then forget about it, but if like me you have used it a few times you tend always to check out the buy at website first before buying anything on line. People need reminding and reminding in the school newsletter does not seem to work.

6. Their existing school is 40 this year and they are celebrating it by several events. So is GGS 40 – are there some opportunities here?

7. Are Parent Council members willing to be contacted by e-mail. If so can their addresses be published on the web or otherwise
Sorry for taking so long to get back. There is no answer fits all solution to your particular problem. As far as I have managed to find out you need to take your case to the Education Authority and discuss your personal situation. The default is that Aviemore is not in GGS's catchment area and so free transport is not routinely provided. As I said however, personal circumstances might be taken into account by the Education Authority. If living outside the official catchment area, a placement request must be made for each child wishing to attend GGS. If this request is granted, transport will be provided. I hope that this helps.
I am quite appalled that my daughter has come home on the last day of this term to advise that Rapsons are not allowing them to travel free by bus anymore, from Aviemore to Grantown, to go to school. They must pay the fare. Why did Rapsons leave this message till the last day of term and why is this necessary when the children have always gone to Grantown and should not be penalised whilst other children from the same village - Aviemore have passes to travel free.
It seems we need to bother the education authority with what seems to be already agreed with other children

Please advise

Sherie Beazley