Parent and Carer Support and Information Sessions

The Children and Families department of Edinburgh Council are organising a series of support sessions for parents and carers who wish more information or are concerned about their pre-teen or teenager’s emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Support sessions poster

Each monthly session has a different topic focus. There is also an opportunity for parents and carers to meet other parents and supportive professionals in a safe relaxed environment.

Parents and carers of 11-18 year olds from in and around Edinburgh are welcome to attend any of the sessions that will take place on:

Tuesday 28th February 2017, Southside Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street, Eh8 9ER, 6.30-8.30pm (There is on street parking available at the venue)
Caring for a Young Person with Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Issues. This session, facilitated by VOCAL, will explore the impact of caring for a young person with emotional wellbeing and mental health issues on family relationships. We will also cover stress management and available supports.

Thursday 30th March 2017, Southside Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street, EH8 9ER, 6.30-8.30pm (There is on street parking available at the venue)
Anxiety – Exploring the symptoms and effects of anxiety on young people.

If you would like to attend please email Jillian Hart at the Parent & Carer Support, Children and Families.

Parents’ evenings

Parents evening The Broons

Parents’ evenings at secondary school are a big change from primary school. Here are a few ideas to help…

  • The staff sit at desks in the assembly hall and canteen area, arranged by subjects. Helpful tips post-itYou move round to find the teachers you have appointments with.
  • There are maps on the walls to help locate teachers and departments, that are grouped together
  • Appointments are 5 minutes long.
  • Your child picks appointments
  • If you want to speak to a particular teacher your child needs to get an appointment on his/her ‘dance card’
  • These are very busy evenings. Appointments tend to slip and you may need to be in two places at once!
  • Top tip: Speak to others waiting to find out their times.
  • There may be an opportunity to speak with individual teachers at the end of the evening or if they have a gap in appointments.
  • Parent Council members and senior staff will be there, so feel free to ask for help

You can always contact school via the office to ask to talk to subject teacher (or pupil support) if you have more detailed queries to discuss.

Edinburgh Competition Festival Association

The Edinburgh Competition Festival Association runs an annual festival that provides an opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages to perform their pieces in a friendly workshop environment and, along with other performers of a similar ability, receive constructive feedback and advice from a specialist adjudicator.

Sketch of piano player

Newcomers are very welcome and they are keen to have more participants from state schools. If this is an opportunity you would like to pursue you can download their 2017 Syllabus, or contact them through their website or Facebook page.

Hockey and Rugby Fixtures

The school has posted the hockey and rugby training and fixtures list for this school year on their website. Each is a handy resource for parents wanting to plan their weekends.

Hockey and rugby fixtures

Hint: On the hoockey calendar the letters refer to where the matches are played. Home (H), away (A) or the location where that team is playing. As an example where matches are being played against two schools, S3 might be playing Dunfermline (D) while S2 are playing Linlithgow (L)

Choosing a university

Choose a career

We recently updated the website to include all the university open days in Scotland during 2016/2017. We received some feedback from Facebook that any resources to help narrow down the choice of universities would be welcome.

The Complete University Guide website has a guide to choosing a university or college in general and the Study in Scotland website has a useful guide that allows you to see what universities provide specific courses.

And of course, the school’s Pupil Support team are available to help too.

Both sites are now included as permanent links on this website.

My World of Work

My World of Work logoThe My World of Work website includes resources to help parents with their education, qualifications and career choices and explore the routes they could take. The website is maintained by Skills Development Scotland – Scotland’s national skills body – so the material on the site is appropriate for the Scottish education system, qualifications and further education opportunities.

There is a permanent link to the site on our links page.

Dementia Friendly Edinburgh

The City of Edinburgh Council and partners Alzheimer Scotland (external link) and NHS Lothian (external link) are working with organisations and individuals in the city to make Edinburgh a Dementia Friendly Community.

A dementia friendly community is a city, town or neighbourhood where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported, and confident they can be part of community life.

If this is an issue that affects you or your family you can learn more at the council website and download the campaign leaflet.