A message from Lindsay Law, Vice-Chair of Broughton High School Parent Council
I’d like to share with you an exciting venture that pupils, parents, carers, teachers, and the community are embarking on in 2019.
We’d like to be the first ever pilot of an S1 Box for all pupils joining S1 at Broughton High School, Edinburgh in the summer of 2020. The ambition is to give each child, no matter their background or financial circumstances, the best possible start to their secondary school experience by providing them with the essentials they need for S1.
Why are we doing this?
Almost one in four (230,000) of Scotland’s children are officially recognised as living in poverty and in Edinburgh, the average is 22%. Broughton High School catchment has the widest diversity of young people in the whole of the City of Edinburgh but 43% of pupils live in poverty. This project is not just about alleviating the financial disadvantages of living in poverty, but it is about sending a message of hope and confidence to every young person starting in S1 that there is a group of people at their new school, welcoming them, and willing them to succeed.
We are going to have intermediate targets at each stage. The first one is for scientific calculators. Our current target of £1400 will allow us to purchase scientific calculators for all of the S1 cohort. These are a vital tool for mathematics at High School, but are not provided for in school budgets. In our focus groups young people told us that not having a scientific calculator of their own made them embarrassed and less likely to want to go to maths classes or take the subject further than the minimum requirement.
This has an impact on positive outcomes for young people. According to ParentZone Scotland: Being numerate helps us to function responsibly in everyday life and contribute effectively to society. It increases our opportunities within the world of work and establishes foundations which can be built upon through lifelong learning.
Lindsay has formed a team who will be raising money for the S1 Survival Kit at the Kilt Walk 2019. For more information on team “S1 Survival Kit” or to find out how to sponsor Lindsay, please click on the link:
A reminder that this year’s PC AGM will be on Wednesday in the school staff room (on the right at the top of the main stairs from the hub).
All parents/carers are very welcome to attend for the whole meeting or to come along for part of it.
6pm – 6.45pm – informal drinks and nibbles, a chance to socialise
6.45pm -8pm – AGM, including an overview of 2019’s SQA results from the depute heads, and the headteacher’s annual report.
Tickets are now on sale for the BHSA fundraising Quiz Night on Thursday 26th September at Dean Bowling Club, Comely Bank. This will be a fun social event for Broughton parents/carers, staff and pupils.
Tickets are £6.50 per person and can be bought online through Eventbrite at: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/broughton-high-school-association-fundraising-quiz-night-2019-tickets-70815223239
Doors open at 7.30pm with the quiz starting at 8pm. Come as a team (maximum six members) or make up a team on the night.
More details are at the website linked above. For any queries, please e-mail the BHSA team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome back to everyone now that the new term is properly underway!
We’d like to especially welcome parents and carers who are new to the school this year. Remember our FAQ page on broughtonhighpc.org may have the answers to all your questions, and if they are not up there, you can e-mail Claire at: email@example.com and our team will endeavour to help! Obviously we can’t give advice for individual pupils, but hopefully we can point you in the right direction.
September is going to be busy so here are some dates for your diary –
Thursday 5th September – first Broughton Association meeting of the new school year (Waitrose Community Room from 7-8pm)
Wednesday 11th September – Parent Social and Parent Council AGM – 6pm in the school staff room. A chance to meet other parents over a glass of wine and hear presentations from the school’s senior leadership team.
Wednesday 25th September – PC meeting, 6pm in the staff room
Thursday 26th September – Quiz Night! More details to be announced soon
If you’d like to get involved and help support your child’s school, or would just like the opportunity to find out more and meet other parents, do join us!
A double bill of 200 Club draws this week, for July and August. Congratulations to the lucky winners, who will get to top up their holiday funds now that the schools are back.
If you would like to help with the 200 Club (one evening per month) or sign up, e-mail Colin Gilbert at: 200Club@broughtonhighpc.org
Broughton High School Association are planning a parents’ social Quiz Night on Thursday 26th September at Dean Bowling Club, Comely Bank.
Full details are still to be confirmed, but you can start swotting now! If you’d like to help out on the night, or with planning beforehand, please e-mail the BHSA team at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Never mind the Euromillions – who are the lucky winners of this month’s 200 Club draw?
Join the 200 Club to take part – minimum commitment is just £4 per month. All profits are shared proportionately between the Broughton High School Association and Friends of Stockbridge Primary, raising valuable funds to support pupils. To find out more or join the club, e-mail Colin Gilbert at: email@example.com .
Congratulations to all of this month’s winners!
|200 Club Draw Results|
|Draw Date :||June||2019|
|1st||16||£30.00||B||Ms J Brown|
|2nd||290||£20.00||B||Ms A Webster|
|3rd||93||£14.00||B||Ms F Ferguson|
|5th||333||£10.00||B||Mr D Martin|