School catchment area consultation – an update #dundeewestend

Last week, I advised that Dundee City Council has launched a consultation on a number of schools proposals.
 
Part of the proposals see substantial proposed changes to the catchment areas of the primary schools that are feeder schools to Harris Academy.
 
In the West End, there are significant proposed changes to the Blackness Primary, Victoria Park Primary and Ancrum Road Primary catchment areas.
 
I can now advise that consultation meetings about the West End proposals will take place on Wednesday 26th February and, again, on Monday 16th March, with a drop-in from 6pm to view the proposals and a presentation and Q&A session at 7pm – all welcome
 
You can view the full proposals here.

Clean Air Day – well done Victoria Park Primary School! @VictoriaParkPS1

Today is Clean Air Day!
 
Well done to pupils from three Dundee Primary Schools, including Victoria Park PS in the West End, who last week braved the rain to decorate bus shelters in the city centre to encourage everyone to walk, cycle and take the bus instead of driving to reduce air pollution. 
 
Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign, engaging thousands of people at hundreds of events, and reaching millions more through the media. 
 

Tuesday meetings

Yesterday afternoon, I attended the City Council’s School Parking and Pupil Safety Working Group where there was a detailed discussion about policy on the provision of School Crossing Patrollers.   
 
I asked how quickly the very welcome new patroller site at the bottom of City Road next to Milnbank Gardens will be in place.   This will be of benefit to many Victoria Park Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School pupils and I was advised it was hoped to have the new School Crossing Patroller in place by the start of term after the October holiday.
 
Yesterday evening, I firstly attended the latest Friends of Blackness meeting at Blackness Primary School.   Friends of Blackness covers the roles of both Parent Council and Parent Teacher Association.  The school has a record P1 intake this year and a very healthy roll and its good to see such a good turnout at the meeting and positive work undertaken by Friends of Blackness on behalf of the school community.
 
Later yesterday evening, I attended the Harris Academy Parent Council meeting, again a very positive meeting.    Mrs White, Acting Head Teacher, gave a very comprehensive update about the school’s activities and very positive SQA examination results.    
 
There was also a good discussion with the Head of Transportation about travel and drop-off arrangements for the school once it returns to Perth Road next year.   
 
It is good to see that work has started this week (see right) on the new pedestrian crossing being installed on Riverside Drive to the south side of the Harris Perth Road site and the playing fields at Riverside.

Busy Saturday in the West End!

Victoria Park Primary School had their Summer Fayre at the school this morning
Always a good sport, Blackness Primary School Head Teacher Gordon Ferrier was in the stocks again at the school’s Summer Fair!
At the Blackness Primary School Summer Fair,  buying Fairtrade rice to support the campaign to help children from Malawi to get an education 
The City Church Family Fun Day at the Friary is on until 4pm today!

Victoria Park Primary School : Children’s Book Sale

Sale of Children’s Books
 
Thursday 15th May between 6.30pm and 7.30pm 
Victoria Park Primary School
Junction of Blackness Road and Glenagnes Road
Dundee DD2 2AB
 
Hundreds of nearly new children’s books for sale;
Picture books, Primary age and Teen Fiction
All recently published.
Paperbacks £1, Hardbacks £2.
 
This is the annual book sale of the Dundee and Area Children’s Book Group which tests books for the Red House Children’s Book Award.

West End Christmas Fortnight Primary Schools’ Art Competition Winners

I was at Tesco Riverside yesterday to meet the store’s community champion Kath Torode – Kath and I are pictured above at a photocall at which, not only did Tesco generously donate to the West End Christmas Fortnight, but also sponsored the West End Christmas Fortnight Primary Schools’ Art Competition.
 
Each of our four local primary schools – Ancrum Road, Blackness, St Joseph’s and Victoria Park – allowed all P1 and P2 pupils to take part and the winning entries are below.   Well done to Carys, Darci, Josias and Matylda, who each win a Tesco Gift Voucher.   Here are the winning entries below:
Carys Watt of P2A, Ancrum Road Primary School
Darci Reid of P2B, Blackness Primary School
Josias Roma of P2, Victoria Park Primary School
Matylda Karolewska of P1S, St Joseph’s Primary School