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Parent Council Meeting Minutes - 14th January 2020

Attendees:

  • Preschool - Vacancy
  • Nursery -  Bethan (Jamie’s mum)
  • Reception - Natasha (Charlotte’s Mum)
  • Year 3M/H - Natasha (Charlotte’s Mum) & Bethan (Jamie’s mum)
  • Year 6 - Brodie (Jacob’s Mum) & Becky (Archie’s mum)
  • PTA Claire Waterman & Louise Hobbs

 

Apologies

  • Year 4 - Vicki (Izzy’s Mum)
  • Year 1 – Claire (Beau’s mum)
  • Year 2 – Vicki (Olivia’s mum)
  • Year 5 - Emma (Hannah’s Mum)

 

1. MarvellousMe

Mrs Curtis was asked if parent/carers are informed when children receive Star Learner as on a couple of occasions parents had not received a notification.

Mrs Curtis informed the group yes parent/carers should be receiving notifications in advance of Fridays sharing assembly.   Mrs Curtis will check all staff are aware of this and clarify school process.

 

2. School Dinners

The group discussed the process of ordering to allocation of dinners. It was reported one child did not receive their dinner of choice as the kitchen run out.

Mrs Curtis informed the group daily registers are printed and given to the lunchtime staff in advance of children coming into the hall. In addition, the kitchen cook two additional drop meals daily. Every effort is made to ensure children receive their dinner of choice however, in the unlikely event this does not happen we log any discrepancies which are discussed with Edwards & Ward regularly.    This case will be followed up with the parent.

 

3. Fayre

The group discussed feedback from the Christmas Fayre. Some parent/carers said due to the sheer number of people it was hot and cramped in the hall.

Being December we are unable to use our outside area and inside space is limited. We are currently exploring alternative options. One suggestion was to continue with our Summer Fayre and replace the Christmas Fayre with a large raffle; it would need to raise £1500.00 to bring in the same revenue as the Fayre. The PTA would still continue with Secret Santa which is very popular. It was also suggested tickets could be sold in booklets which children would bring home to sell.

 

We are still exploring all these options but will keep you informed once a decision has been made. Class Reps will feedback your thoughts so please speak to them if you have any ideas you would like to put forward.

 

4. Relationship and Sex Education Guidelines

From September 2020 the governments new Relationship and Sex(Secondary Pupils) Education Policy will become mandatory.

Ash Grange are early adopters of this change and have already attended a “What to Expect” conference. Whilst there are no policy changes for Ash Grange, we have changed the layout to include the headings My Body, My Feelings and My Relationships.   In addition, health and police forces have asked schools to use the correct terms for sexual organs to ensure children can be accurate when talking about their bodies. 

Mrs Curtis handed out an example of the new policy and discussed with the group the types of language and how children will be taught the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies. Our focus being on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults.

This starts in Year 1 with pupils being taught about Rules, Goals and Choices. What a relationship is, what friendship is and what family means. How to take turns, how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.

Year 2 Belonging, Danger, Wellbeing - The importance of honesty and truthfulness, permission seeking and giving, and the concept of personal privacy not secrets.

Year 3 Health, Road Safety, Medicines – Understanding what a stranger is, recognise safe and unsafe situations and identify someone they are able to talk to and trust. Identify positive things about themselves in order to promote their own mental health and wellbeing of others.

Year 4 Peer pressure, Rights & Responsibilities – Children develop skills needed to form relationships and to respect other people’s emotions and feelings. Consider how to make simple choices and exercise some basic techniques on how to deal with others if you are not being treated with respect.

Year 5 Misuse, Charity, Law – Puberty and the consequences of not looking after yourself. Feelings and emotions as hormones are changing. Relationships with people who are similar/different to me. How to help others by signposting to right person.

Year 6 Culture, Captivity, Freedom – Making choices alcohol awareness and what it does to the body. Talk getting ready to be a woman and how having a baby is a choice. Recognising abusive relationships, this person makes me unhappy, what can I do about it?

We are now separating the puberty talk of Year 6 over Year 5 and 6 as children need to be aware of what is coming.  So Year 5 will find out how their body changes and Year 6 will find out why. 

We do not and will not be teaching Sexual Education, this happens in Secondary School.

 

So the changes are:

We are now separating the puberty talk of Year 6 over Year 5 and 6 as children need to be aware of what is coming.  So Year 5 will find out how their body changes and Year 6 will find out why. 

All adults will use the correct scientific vocabulary (penis, scrotum, vulva, vagina, breast and nipple) for sexual organs to ensure children can name the body part accurately and communicate about these areas clearly.

 

Questions

Are boys and girls taught together during talks?

No, the presentation is delivered in single gender groups however I summarize with both groups what changes happen so they are aware.   There is an incinerator located in the girls Y5/6 toilets and downstairs. We keep a supply of sanitary products via The Redbox Appeal and girls are advised to bring in a makeup bag when required.

 

Me Time

In addition, every child has a class journal where they record their worries, anxieties and mindfulness. Topics are discussed relevant to each year group. The children are also taught PSHE, Personal, Social, Health and Economic children which focuses on developing the knowledge and skills to keep children and young people healthy and safe. Some of the topics covered include keeping safe, money and relationships.

 

Next Steps

Mrs Curtis shared with the group the next process on implementing the Relationships and Sex Education policy to include:

  • All parents, staff and Governors are consulted on the content in this week’s newsletter.
  • A video will be made to share the contents and add extra information.
  • Views will be sought this half term and then the policy will be adopted at the end of the term and followed from April 2020.

 

 

The date of the next meeting is Tuesday 3rd March 2020

 

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