Abernethy Primary School Parent Council

Abernethy Primary School Parent Council

Operating as usual

Perth & Kinross Council - Schools - transport and trips 29/04/2021

Perth & Kinross Council - Schools - transport and trips

If your child is starting primary or secondary school in P1 or S1 in August 2021, and they live more than 2 miles (for primary pupils) or 3 miles (for secondary pupils) from their catchment school, they are entitled to free home to school transport.

School transport applications for the new school session starting this August need to be submitted by Monday 10 May 2021.

Itโ€™s easy to apply online โ€“ go to https://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/17284/Schools-transport-and-trips.

Pupils who already receive free school transport do not need to re-apply for the 2021/2022 school session, unless their circumstances have changed.

If your child currently receives concessionary school transport, you must re-apply annually to be considered for school transport.

Perth & Kinross Council - Schools - transport and trips Schools - transport and trips Free school transport is only available to pupils attending their catchment school and living more than two miles (primary) or three miles (secondary) from the school measured by the shortest available walking route.Transport will be provided from a suitable point on th...

pkc.gov.uk 30/12/2020

Perth & Kinross Council - Early learning and childcare

Applications for places in the Councilโ€™s nursery classes and early childhood centres in 2021/22 open in three weeks.

See www.pkc.gov.uk/families for more details and look out for information soon.

pkc.gov.uk Early learning and childcare We are committed to providing high quality early learning and childcare (ELC) in all nursery schools and classes. Early learning and childcare for parents and carers A career in early learning and childcare Becoming a childcare provider Early learning and childcare profe...

teams.microsoft.com 29/10/2020

Join conversation

Our AGM will be held via Microsoft Teams at 6.45pm on Wednesday the 4th of November.

All parents and carers welcome to join us.



Because of Covid our usual successful fundraising activities canโ€™t take place this year - no Halloween disco or Christmas Fayre ๐Ÿ˜ข. We are looking into other ways to try and support the school but did you know we raise money via Easyfundraising? It really is easy - no spam, no extra cost to you and all those small donations earned really do add up. Over the last few years weโ€™ve had over ยฃ1000 from the scheme.

Our numbers using this are dropping so if you are registered please remember to use it, and if you arenโ€™t please consider doing so? We are just about to head into the busiest shopping period of the year and it would really help us out. You can sign up at:




A big thank you from the school to everyone who is keeping to the staggered drop off and pick up times. Just a reminder please for adults, that while you are at the school gates you need to be social distancing as much as possible. #staysafe #considerothers


Meeting options

Our AGM will definitely be held via Microsoft Teams at 6.30pm on Wednesday 26th August.

All parents and carers welcome.

Here is the link if you would like to join us...

You're invited to join a Microsoft Teams meeting

Title: Parent Council AGM

Join the meeting on your computer or mobile app


[08/10/20]   Good luck to everyone with 'back to school' this week - teachers, support staff, pupils and parents. Still very strange times but let's hope everything goes well and we have a smooth return back to 'normal' (whatever that might look like now).

A date for your diary - the Parent Council AGM is on Wednesday 26th August at 6.30pm and, as always, all parents and carers of Abernethy Primary pupils are welcome to join us. We are hoping to be able to hold the meeting outdoors but, if that's not possible, we will use Google Teams. If you are planning to 'attend', please PM or email [email protected] and we will send you the details.

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š


Ms McKenzie was so impressed with Nurse Peattie's caterpillar, she's invited its wee cousin, Wiggles, to set up home outside the school office!
If anyone would like to help Wiggles to grow by adding a stone, that would be lovely!!

surveymonkey.co.uk 22/07/2020

Parents' experiences of learning at home and looking ahead to the new school year

We have received the following email and survey from the National Parent Forum...

To all parents

We want to hear about your experiences of supporting learning at home before the summer, what has worked well and what has not worked so well, and your thoughts and views on the return to school in August.

We are aware that the plans for returning to school are still being developed, and further details are yet to be announced, but we think it is important to get your thoughts on these issues now. This, alongside all of the feedback we have received from parents through our local representatives and those who have contacted us to share their views via email or social media, will help inform our work in representing parents, including at the Covid-19 Education Recovery Group.

Here is a direct link to the survey:


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mailchi.mp 28/06/2020

NPFS Newsletter - 26th June 2020

This is the latest e-newsletter from the National Parent Forum Scotland.


mailchi.mp As schools over Scotland start breaking up for the summer holidays we can begin to wind down and take a well earned rest. I know that this term since Easter has been hard going for many of you (and your children) and although we are all staying at home at present it is important to take a break from...

pkc.gov.uk 28/06/2020

Perth & Kinross Council - Coronavirus: Schools, children and families

Hi everyone, this link will take you to PKC's latest information regarding return to school in August.


pkc.gov.uk Coronavirus: Schools, children and families Perth & Kinross Council, in planning and preparation for the reopening of schools and ELC settings on August 11 2020, has been following key national guidance issued by the Scottish Government to help ensure a safe and effective return to school for childr...

npfs.org.uk 11/06/2020

Parentsโ€™ Q&A with Deputy First Minister John Swinney โ€“ Tuesday 16th June


npfs.org.uk The National Parent Forum of Scotland is delighted to announce a live Q&A with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. This event will take place on โ€ฆ

[06/10/20]   Thought this was worth sharing..

Dear parents in SCOTLAND ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

This Thursday marks thirteen full weeks since our schools closed and Sunday since our country went into lockdown.
You have had your children home for more time now than you would if they were on summer holidays. You have protected, nourished, educated, supported and entertained your children during a period of national and international uncertainty and fear. You have experienced emotions for yourself and your family that you never knew existed, never mind experienced before.
This is a long time.
Think about how you feel at the end of the summer holidays, how ready you are for routine, how badly your house needs cleaning, how much work you are ready to catch up on. Remember that exhausting feeling of having so little sleep, much less money and hearing โ€˜mum/dadโ€™ every time you happen to sit down.
And you wonder why you are exhausted after all this time in lockdown?
You are amazing! You have achieved something no other parent ever has! You have faced this time unable to take your child or children anywhere, no parks, holidays to break up the boredom, no day trips, no family to help. On top of that you have juggled loneliness on a level never experienced before, information overload from the internet and emotional turmoil of not being able to see people you hold dear. Even getting food to eat has been a major drama!
So itโ€™s ok to feel drained. Itโ€™s ok to feel like you would sell your soul right now for five minutes alone. Itโ€™s ok to feel uninspired about another day of homeschooling, another day of never ending laundry and cooking.
Itโ€™s ok to be so very tired.
It is a long time.
But you have made it.
Be proud of yourself. Stand tall.
History will show you for your courage, your children will remember this period as a time knowing they were safe and loved and teachers everywhere are deeply grateful that you are there for your children when they should be but canโ€™t be.
In short: you are awesome!
And so are your children. ๐Ÿ’•

โค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ Cope and paste for those who may need to hear it too โค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™

[05/22/20]   We've been asked to remind everyone that, while the school is closed, the playground and MUGA are also out of use. That is why the gates are locked.

Please respect this and please don't risk your own safety by trying to climb or break in.

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

[03/20/20]   Our last 'normal' day for a while - uncharted waters a from Monday. I hope everyone is feeling OK. If the Parent Council can help at any time over the coming weeks (emotional/moral support rather than teaching support), please get in touch, even if you just want someone different to talk to.

Also, if you have any useful advice or websites that you think other people might like, please send us a link and we can share here.

Most importantly, stay safe and healthy ๐Ÿ˜Š


Agenda for Wednesday's meeting...

[01/29/20]   Our next meeting is next Wednesday (5th February), 6.30 - 8pm at the school.

Everyone welcome.

If there is anything you would like included on the agenda, please PM or email [email protected].

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

eventbrite.co.uk 20/01/2020

Getting it Right...Keeping Your Child Safe 2020

This is a fantastic event that I would highly recommend. It's free but you have to book a place ๐Ÿ˜Š


eventbrite.co.uk A partnership event for parents, carers, family members and all professionals working with children and young people. Presentations from experts in their field will include: Cyber awareness โ€“ understanding the risks to you, your home and your family. A personal account of online grooming and Child...


Our latest newsletter! Also available on the notice board at the school gates and being sent out by email very soon!! Enjoy!


Perth & Kinross Council

Funded nursery/childcare hours (the ones the Council pays for) for all 3-5 yr olds & eligible 2 yr olds across P&K are increasing.
If you live in the South Perth and Earn areas, come along to our drop-in this Saturday, anytime between 10 am and 12noon, at Glenearn Community Campus.

[12/04/19]   The final total from Friday's Christmas Cracker was ยฃ1025.23!

Thanks again to everyone that supported the event and helped make that possible!!

[11/29/19]   It was indeed a Christmas Cracker! Executed so efficiently, we had the raffle drawn and the hall cleared up so everyone was home before the scheduled finishing time!

Thank you so much to everyone that supported the event by helping on stalls, donating prizes, making, baking or spending money! Your support is hugely appreciated ๐Ÿ˜€.

We did things a bit differently this year and we would love to hear your feedback about what you liked and what you didn't - timings, format, catering, etc.

Please watch this space for how much we raised!


I remember seeing this scarf round someone's neck, i just can't remember whose!!
(Left behind at the hall tonight!)


It's today!!

Please come along to the Christmas Cracker this afternoon/evening - bag yourself some lovely Christmas items made by the children, try your luck at the bottle stall or raffle, treat yourself to your first mulled wine of the season or why not go the whole hog and pose with your family or friends in our photo booth? You could end up with a masterpiece like this....


We want to say a huge THANK YOU to Branston who have sponsored our Christmas event once again. Thanks to their generous support, we have been able to get everything organised without dipping into our own funds ๐Ÿ˜€


More fantastic raffle prizes for which we are extremely grateful.
- a Sloth Play pass from Fife Zoo
- an MOT test from Tower Garage
- a back, neck and shoulder massage from Senses Health and Beauty
- a selection of veg from Kettle Produce
- a pyrography chopping board from the Burnt Coo, Abernethy
- vouchers from the Bein Inn, Jamesfield Garden Centre and Sainsbury's, Perth


We have more lovely raffle prizes to tell you about!! Thank you very much to all the generous donors!

- A hamper of sweets and snacks from Morrison's, Perth
- A family pass for Active Kids in Stanley
- Vouchers from Silver Linings Hair Studio, Jamesfield Farm Shop and Kisa's Restaurant, Perth.

highwaycodeuk.co.uk 21/11/2019

Road markings

This was on the Scone CC page yesterday - relevant here too...

Following the icy and dangerous conditions this morning this is a welcome reminder and plea from a concerned parent and resident.......

Dear Drivers

DO NOT pull up, pull into or park on the yellow boxes and keep clear markings around the school. Not even for a short duration or to drop off or pick up 'quickly'. Just don't do it.

These measures are in place to keep our children SAFE. Safe at what can often be a very dangerous area to navigate while crossing the road hence why the markings are there.

None of us are exempt from the rules that apply to these markings and none of us will be exempt if an accident happens.

With the weather turning at this time of the year it's even more important to refrain from using these areas and remembering to use your indicators at all times. We are not mind readers.

Better to be late and walk further than put our children in danger.

Highway Code - https://www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk/road-markings.html

Perth & Kinross Council

highwaycodeuk.co.uk Download illustrated guidance on road markings from The Highway Code.


We are very grateful to have some fantastic raffle prizes donated by generous local businesses.

These include...
- Two passes for Ryze trampoline park,
- Bruadar liqueur from Morrison & Mackay (Aberargie Distillery),
- A signed football from St Johnstone FC,
- A family swim voucher from Perth Leisure Pool,
- A biscuit selection from Asda, Perth,
- A magic set from Co-op, Bridge of Earn.


Important information for all parents and carers who will have children aged 3-5 years in nursery/childcare in August 2020...


Look at our fabulous poster, created by Katie Duff! I hope you are all able to come along.

The 'photo booth' will be in the very capable hands of Jude Tait. She is looking forward to taking shots of families or groups of friends in 'classic' poses or being daft with Santa hats! If you would like to book a slot in advance, please send us a message!

We already have lots of lovely raffle prizes donated by generous local businesses and I will be posting details of these over the next couple of weeks. Watch this space...


Did you know we raise money for the school via Easyfundraising? It really is easy - no spam, no extra cost to you and all those small donations earned really do add up. Over the last few years weโ€™ve had over ยฃ1000 from the scheme.

Our numbers are dropping though so if you are registered please remember to use it, and if you arenโ€™t please consider doing so? We are just about to head into the busiest shopping period of the year and it would really help us out. You can sign up at:



[10/30/19]   Thank you to everyone that spoke to us at the parent contact meetings. We had lots of feedback which we will be discussing at our next meeting. This is next Wednesday, 6th November, 6.30pm (new time), in the school hall - everyone welcome.

[10/30/19]   Thank you so much to everyone that came along to the Halloween disco.
We raised a grand total of ยฃ223.39!

[10/27/19]   Look out for some of the Parent Council members in the hall at the parent contact sessions this week. Please talk to us! We're not trying to sign you up for anything. We won't even give you a leaflet (unless you ask!).

Part of the Parent Council's role is to strengthen the relationship between the school and ALL the parents so that we can work together to keep our school growing and thriving. We would like to be better at this and we would really appreciate any suggestions you may have.

Many thanks in advance ๐Ÿ˜Š

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