Double draw delight

Two 200 Club draws for you this month folks – the December draw and the free Christmas draw. Eyes down, who is getting a Christmas bonus this year?

 

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Help wanted for chess tournament

Broughton High School Association has been asked to run a cafe for kids and parents attending the Lothian Chess Tournament on Sunday, 3rd December, from 10am – 3pm.

If you can spare one hour to help and raise funds for the school at the same time, please contact Naomi Crowley at bhsassociation@gmail.com.

Thanks to everyone who helped out on Sunday, we hope you can do so again.

 

200 Club draw results

Here’s the lucky winners for the November 200 Club draw – if you’re not in it, you can’t win it, but you could be in with a chance of some extra cash while raising funds for the school by joining up here.

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Parents and pupils – help needed please

Broughton High School Association is appealing for help at the school on Sunday 12 November to run a cafe for the Lothian Chess Tournament between 10am and 3pm. If you can spare an hour of your time to raise funds for the school, please contact BHSA at bhsassociation@gmail.com

How you can help save the music school

Broughton High School Parent Council

The proposal by Edinburgh City Council to withdraw funding from the Music Schools at Broughton High and Flora Stevenson’s would mean the loss of staff and equipment and could reduce instrumental tuition for all pupils. We believe it would have a negative impact on the whole of both schools.

This proposal will be debated again by the Finance and Resources Committee on Tuesday 7 November 2017

What you can do:

• Contact your Councillors or MSPs who have not replied – surgeries and direct phone calls are good
• Write to your Councillors or MSP if you have not done so already. You can find the names of your local councillors on this site and send them your message: https://www.writetothem.com/

If you live outwith the City of Edinburgh, please contact your MSP.

• Like and share the new campaign Facebook page – Save The City of Edinburgh Music School https://www.facebook.com/savecoems
• Follow Savecoems on Twitter
• Follow Savecoems on Instagram
• Talk to friends and family about campaign news and successes

 

Threat to Broughton music school

Dear parents,

Urgent action needed – TODAY!

We learned yesterday that an apparently benign line in the proposed City of Edinburgh Council budget for next year, seeking to create a city-wide music service, is actually based on a proposal to close the Music School at Broughton and at Flora Stevenson’s as we know it, and – in the case of Flora’s – not to replace it at all. As you can imagine, this will have a profound impact on our community, and we are asking for your help to write to your councillor TODAY, ahead of a budget meeting tomorrow, to ask them to ensure that the Music School continues in its current form.

The Music School is a national and international Centre of Excellence and impacts on our lives in the following ways:

• Personal – for the children who attend, they have their needs met in a way that no other school or service in Edinburgh can provide. Families have uprooted in order to come to this school. Entry to the Music School is based on musical potential, not on financial need; the Music School makes a specialist music education available to all.
• Community and Educational – we all benefit from the diversity of our community which results from the integration of the Music School. Results at Broughton have risen steadily over the past few years, and the centres of excellence at Broughton High are an important part of a school culture that helps all students to achieve their potential.
• Financial – we understand that the funding received by Edinburgh City Council from the Scottish Government contains an expectation, detailed in various documents and responses over the years, that a specific significant element is intended to support the national centre of excellence. The Council’s budget proposal does not take account of the fact that this funding will disappear if the Music School is disbanded. We are seeking to verify the figures, but we estimate that the Council will lose more funding by disbanding the Music School than it will in continuing to support it.

We would like to seek your support in contacting your councillor TODAY, as there is a Council budget meeting tomorrow, and we need them to know how strong the community feeling is about the potential loss of this front line service.

Please help!

The email addresses of the Inverleith City of Edinburgh councillors are as follows:

gavin.barrie@edinburgh.gov.uk (SNP)

hal.osler@edinburgh.gov.uk (Lib Dem)

iain.whyte@edinburgh.gov.uk (Conservative)

max.mitchell@edinburgh.gov.uk (Conservative)

Leith School of Art Open Day

Pupils of an artistic nature thinking of further studies should check out Leith School of Art’s Open Day on Tuesday December 5, from 10am-3pm.

Applications for the school’s year-long, full-time Foundation Course will open on Monday November 20, and the Open Day is a great chance to get firsthand experience of what life in an art school is really like.

Current Foundation students will be in the studio so pupils will be able to ask them any questions.

 

For further information, contact the art school at 0131 554 5761 or email enquiries@leithschoolofart.co.uk

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