Council Election Hustings

There are two hustings this week which may be of interest to local parents and carers:

Monday 24th April at  Newhaven Church : 7:00-9:00pm.

Colin MacKay (the Chief Executive at the Mental Health Commission) will chair the discussion. He will give each candidate two minutes for their introduction prior to the main Q&A session.

This first session will focus on the relocation of Victoria Primary School, plans for the new school, school community engagement with these plans and interim arrangements. After the first hour the convenor will open the discussion to more general questions on the use of the old school building and wider community issues.

There are plans to livestream the event on Facebook for parents and community members who can’t make it along on the night.

Secondly, a hustings event hosted by Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) jointly with UNISON on Thursday 27th April 7pm start – Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge.

The provision of Education Services in Edinburgh will be key topic for discussion.

This is a ticketed event (free) – contact Alison Thornton, Local Association Secretary (EIS) on 0131 225 3474 or edinburghla@eis.org.uk.

These meetings provide an opportunity to quiz prospective councillors on matters that affect our children, such as the impact of increasing school rolls and the need for continued investment in schools.

Alcohol in Our Community Survey

The Edinburgh charity People Know How, the City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian have partnered to create a community survey seeking views on the availability of alcohol in the city and in local areas.

The findings of the survey will be presented to the new Licensing Board after the May Council elections.

The survey is available via Survey Monkey, ends on 24 April and participants are offered the opportunity to take part in small focus groups.

20mph Zones

20mph banner

Phase 2 of the rollout of the  20miles per hour speed limit went live on 28 February 2017. The second phase is the largest construction phase in the scheme stretching from Granton to Portobello, Duddingston to Morningside, Gorgie to Murrayfield.

You can find out if your street is changing to 20mph by checking the interactive map.

20mph map

Edinburgh is the first city in Scotland to roll out 20mph limits in this way.

Victoria Primary School Future Use

Newhaven Heritage community group have prepared a leaflet to seek feedback and support to retain Victoria for either educational or community use. Victoria is the oldest working school in Edinburgh and has served the village of Newhaven since 1844.

If you want to support this or shares your views on the future use of the school, please let respond to them by completing the feedback section of the leaflet that’s available in our download area. You can post your response in the Save The School For Newhaven boxes at the school office or local shops.

The City of Edinburgh Council is also seeking views on this proposal and there is an online survey available to respond to them directly.

January Meeting

Our next Parent Council meeting is this Thursday 26th January, 7:00-9:00pm. We will be discussing Parent Council priorities for next year (including investment in school, community database etc) and the head teacher’s report.

You don’t have to be a member of the parent council to come to our meetings. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the work of the school and help your child.

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.

South African Tour – Kariega Foundation Video

The students who travelled to South Africa in the summer for the hockey and rugby tour worked tirelessly to fundraise and raise money for a small rural school called Farmerfield located in the Eastern Cape. Before they departed for the tour, they sent £2,500 which helped install electricity into the school for the first time since it was established. Every pupil also packed a TA bag full of books and goodies to take across to the school to give to each of their pupils as a gift when they visited.

That visit proved to be one of the most rewarding experiences of the trip.