Parent Council Dates – Session 2019-20

Please find Parent Council dates for this session:

Monday 16 September 2019 – AGM
Wednesday 6 November 2019
Tuesday 21 January 2020
Monday 16 March 2020
Tuesday 12 May 2020
Wednesday 17 June 2020 – P7 Parent Information Evening

Please come along  and participate in the Parent Council as we work with the school to continuously improve the learning environment and learning outcomes for your children. Meetings are held at Alford Community Campus, starting at 7pm.

Volunteering Opportunities for Parents

Over the past year, the Parent Council have been looking into how the Parent body can help the school. One suggestion from the Senior Leadership Team, which they feel would be of help, is to put in place a group of parents who would be willing to help as volunteers in class or with other areas of the school such as non-residential school trips and other opportunities.
The Parent Council would therefore like to request that any parents who are interested in volunteering email the school at  alford.aca@aberdeenshire.gov.uk  for further information.

Scottish Government Parental Involvement and Engagement Census

Please find a copy of information sent to parents today via Groupcall.

You are invited to take part in a national census on Parental Involvement and Engagement. The information gathered in this census will provide Scottish Government and Aberdeenshire Council with evidence to ensure our aims with regard to parental involvement and engagement are being delivered. Please view link Parental Involvement and Engagement Census Flyer May-June 2019 (002)-12sx1k7 The census runs from 27 May to 10 June 2019.

“Share the Air” Informal coffee and conversation with Parents/Carers

‘Share the Air’ – Informal coffee and conversation with Parents/Carers

Tuesday evening’s engagement session was a very informative and collaborative meeting organised by Moira Milne and in partnership with Alford Academy Parent Council. Attended by parents representing S1 to S6, it was a wonderful opportunity to learn how the school was performing and to work together and share ideas on school improvement plans and “Building the Ambition” for Alford Academy.

Some of the ideas/topics we discussed included;

• School communications and participation of parent/carers at meetings
• Use of positive former pupil success stories to inspire and connect with current pupils
• Mentoring/coaching matching programs by parents across a broad spectrum of business/professional/industry backgrounds
• Study skill workshops – for both parents and pupils to gain a deeper understanding of what support is needed during the exam years

Parental engagement is key to the development and success of our young people so we really want to hear from parents from across our school community. Building an ambitious culture across the school requires the involvement of us all, please come to the next engagement session or parent council meeting to learn more and share your ideas. These engagement sessions are very informal and open for everyone to share their ideas and meet other parents over a cuppa.

If you have any questions/ideas please feel free to contact either Moira Milne (alford.aca@aberdeenshire.gov.uk) or Alford Parent Council (alfordaca.pc@outlook.com).

I look forward to seeing you at the next session.

Ingrid (S2 parent)