Dear Parent / Carer
We have been asked to share the following message with you:
Winter has arrived and frost, ice and snow are starting to make an appearance on Scotland’s canals.
As such, I am writing to ask for your help in passing on some important tips regarding winter safety on the canals to the pupils within your school.
As in previous years, the key message we’re aiming to get across is that everyone – but children in particular – should stay SAFE and Stay Away From the Edge on the waterways.
Other key messages are:
- Towpaths, bridges and lock-sides can be particularly slippery during the winter months and snow can conceal trip hazards such as boat mooring rings close to the water’s edge.
- Frozen canals, whilst incredibly picturesque, can also be very dangerous and visitors should never attempt to walk on the canal. The ice can be very thin in places, with freezing cold water moving in currents beneath the surface.
- Pets should also never be followed out onto the ice. Animals are far more likely to make it back onto dry land safely and owners only jeopardise both themselves and their pets by stepping onto the ice.
If you would like more information on winter safety on the canals, please see: http://bit.ly/WinterSAFEty
Your support is greatly appreciated.
The Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, has launched a Governance Review of early years and schools education.
You can have your say… (the Parent Council hope to make a submission to)
The Scottish Government believe that decisions about children’s learning and school life should be taken in schools. They want to empower teachers, practitioners, parents, children and young people and communities to have a stronger voice in Scottish education and to become key decision makers.
They are seeking your views on how education is run: who should take decisions in relation to the education of children and young people and how the funding of education can be made fairer. They know that teachers and practitioners need support to do their jobs and that they need opportunities for high quality professional development. The governance review also seeks your views on how this can be improved.
They want to hear views from every part of Scotland – from children and young people, from parents, teachers, practitioners and the wider community. They want to hear from those with a formal role in our education system and those who share a stake in its success.
To find out more and have your say in the survey follow the link below
Dear Parent / Carer
As winter is now upon us, and the temperatures are dropping it only seems appropriate that we allow our pupils to wear appropriate clothing. To this end pupils will be allowed to wear a winter jacket instead of a blazer if they wish. Blazers can be worn under jackets, if possible, however where this is not possible, pupils may just wear their jacket. We will review this after the February break and send a communication to confirm. All other aspects of the school uniform should be adhered too and pupils should remove all outdoor clothing once indoors.
A reminder that the school uniform is;
Collared blouse or shirt in white with a school tieSchool sweatshirt or plain black jumper (to be worn over shirt / blouse)
Black trousers or skirt
The next stage of our community consultation is now underway. As you may know, Harlaw Hydro will be investing profits into a community development fund. Balerno Village Trust wants your help creating a plan for how we should invest in our village. But we don’t want to stop at the Hydro profit – we want to bring more money into the community to make Balerno a better place to live, work, and visit.
An Open Meeting will be held on Wednesday 31st August – please come along to share your views. We will hold an optional drop-in session 5 – 6pm and a full open meeting 7.30 – 9pm. The event will take place at St Joseph’s Hall, Balerno Parish Church.
If you can’t make the meeting, we’ll be at the Farmers’ Market on the 10th September – drop by to share your views.
The Community Council are also keen to hear the priorities for Balerno and are running a separate consultation in parallel. The two groups are collaborating to gain a comprehensive picture of the needs of the village.
Community Enterprise is working with both BVT and the Community Council to build on responses from previous surveys to generate discussion, ideas and new projects for our village.
SQA results are due to be with pupils on Tuesday 9th August. Should you have any queries or issues please email these to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Senior Management Team will deal with these, where possible before pupils are due back on Wednesday 17th August.
Information for Exam transport for Thursday 5 May and Friday 6 May is being sent out today by 1st class post.
If transport is required after these dates information will be sent out at a later date.
13 April 2016
Dear Parent / Guardian
IMPORTANT – Changes to School Transport Application Process 2016
I write to inform you that there will be changes to the application process for school transport for next session.
Last year, pupils were advised that applications were only required in transition years (P1, S1, S5, S6) and all other pupils were to keep current passes and use them for the following session. This year there will not be a roll-over process and therefore ALL pupils requiring transport should submit an application; this will include pupils that travel in taxis and minibuses as well as school buses.
It is important that pupils/parents are aware of this requirement and submit an application so that they receive new passes and transport information which will differ from previous years. Bus companies will be made aware of the new pass layout so pupils should be aware that previous cards will not be accepted.
In order to improve the application process we have created a new online feature which allows pupils and parents to complete and submit transport applications from the council website making it much easier and quicker to apply for transport. The form can be found at the following web address: http://www.westlothian.gov.uk/article/10045/Free-School-Transport-Application-Form and will be submitted to School Transport direct.
The deadline for application forms to be submitted will be Friday 6th May. This date is earlier than previous years however, in order to ensure service delivery, the deadline must be brought forward. This will mean that, for pupils moving into secondary, P7 visits cannot be used to circulate transport application information as parents will require the necessary information ASAP. Can I please ask that a group call is sent to parents informing them of the new application requirements and emphasising the importance of ensuring applications are submitted prior to the deadline. I have included a proposed group call text at the bottom of this letter.
Should you have any problems or queries please do not hesitate to contact this office on 01506 282322.
West Lothian Transport
The Social Subjects faculty are looking for pupils in S5 interested in taking Modern Studies Higher next year or are interested in studying politics at University, and are interested in a once-in-a-lifetime work experience opportunity come along to F45 on Thursday 25 February at morning break.
Inspire US 2016 will see 20 pupils from five different schools travel to the US to be campaign interns for the final two weeks of the US elections. Working in the swing state of Florida, the students will work alongside seasoned political campaigners from both national parties. Day to day, students will get involved in canvassing voters, attending rallies, and getting the vote out on the all-important election day on Tuesday 8 November, 2016. Before travelling home, the students will stop off at Washington DC, to take in some of the main political landmarks, including the White House and Capitol Hill.
The trip is fully funded, with all travel and accommodation covered. There is an application process to complete but hopefully we can be selected for this amazing opportunity
K Thomson, PTC Social Subjects