Concern over former St Joseph’s Primary School site

Back in October 2012, St Joseph’s Primary School moved from its old building (pictured right) to the new West End Campus and ownership transferred to the Al-Maktoum Foundation.
 
The building has since remained unoccupied and over time the playground has become overgrown with also some repairs required – see below :

 

 

Following concerns raised by residents about its deteriorating state, I have spoken with the Director of Operations at the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education who has assured me that the long-term future of the building is being actively considered.
 
Meantime, it has has been agreed that a tidy-up of the site will take place, which is welcome.

Connected Baby Film Night at Al-Maktoum College

Connected Baby

Looking for something interesting to do in the New Year that will be both fun and educational. Are you interested in human connections? Then come to Film Nights with connected baby, and you’ll get to see connection in action. The event takes place on Tuesday 13th January 2015 at 6.30pm at the Al-Maktoum College.

Connected Baby Film Nights Series hosts screenings of little known films that offer insights into the power of human connection. This is the first film series event in Dundee, in partnership with Help For Kids.

What better film to kick off with, for the 2015 series, than the one that started the whole journey: the connected baby? We are treated to in-depth scenes of babies playing jokes on their siblings, being scared by their image in the camera lens, sticking tongues out at their parents, and keeping track of their mum while she searches for a new nappy.

We hear from a range of leading infant psychologists, who help us to understand the significance of babies behaviour and especially to see how communicative they are, right from birth. It turns out that babies are more socially skilled than most of us have realised. The implications of that insight are astounding, for it speaks to the very core of what it means to be human.

The screening will be followed by a discussion – because insights are better when they are shared. Anyone interested in exploring the theme of human connection is welcome to join us. All proceeds going to Help For Kids. This is possible because use of the venue, Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education, has kindly been donated by its directors.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite and read more here.

Al-Maktoum College Graduation Ceremony

Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending the 2011 graduation ceremony of the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education, that took place in the Marryat Hall.

It was great to see the academic success of the graduates being recognised and the college, situated in Blackness Road, going from strength to strength.   In the past year, the college has undergone a name change from Institute to College – recognition of its role as an independent and internationally-recognised research-led college of higher education.

Next year, the college celebrates its 10th anniversary here in Dundee.   It has achieved much thus far and has a bright future ahead.

Tuesday activities …

This morning, I attended an estate walkabout in Logie with council officers from various departments and my ward colleague Cllr Richard McCready.    This was a good opportunity to look at any repairs required around the area and also to check that issues raised from the last walkabout earlier this year have been properly resolved.    And … its certainly “walkabout week” with other parts of the West End – the Blackness Residents’ Association area and the Pentland area – being tackled later this week.

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending the Al-Maktoum Institute’s Graduation Ceremony 2010 at the Marryat Hall.   The Institute opened in Dundee the same year I was elected to the City Council (2001) and it is great to see its huge progress in the intervening years as a centre of excellence in the study of Islam.     

The Institute’s Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Malory Nye, in his speech today outlined progress towards the Institute’s aim of achieving University College status by 2020 and looked at what a future Principal in 2060 might consider to be its academic and other achievements by the latter half of this century.

It is excellent to see the success of graduates who come from numerous countries across the world, but including the UK.

As previewed in tonight’s Evening Telegraph, this evening I attended a very productive meeting at Tayside House where we discussed necessary steps to take forward a community sports and environmental improvements hub for the West End.    With the support of sports groups and Friends of Magdalen Green, this has the makings of a dynamic group to move forward infrastructure improvements at Riverside for sport in the West End and carry out work on Magdalen Green, including repairs and repainting of the bandstand.