Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 23rd November 2018

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Leading the way at Rosneath

Rosneath Primary School is setting a leading example when it comes to creating links with the local community.

 Head teacher Emma McDiarmid and Gregor Morrison, who is currently Acting Head at the school, have been working hard to build a strong community spirit, and engage parents and carers in their children’s learning.

 As part of this, the duo have established a successful Parent Partnership Programme (PPP) to provide a support network for families and encourage them to visit the school regularly, not just to discuss the children, but to  build relationships with other families.

 Parents and carers are also invited to the school on a regular basis to develop cooking skills with their children in a relaxed environment, and talk about the importance of health and nutrition. This has been made possible thanks to a kitchen facility being built at the school with a grant from ACHA.

The school also visits the community library three times per week. This has had a knock-on effect on visitor numbers in general, with the number of parents who visit the library with their children increasing as a result.

Mr Gregor Morrison said: “We’ve put in so much work to develop our links with the local community, but the hard work is definitely paying off. We operate an open door policy at the school, where parents can come and talk to us at any time – they don’t need an appointment.

“Since we started this we’ve experienced a rise in the number of parents visiting the school and taking an active involvement in what’s happening. 

“We’ve still got a long way to go but we’re in a very good place just now.”

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Did you know?

Did you know that our official Instagram page has more followers than any other council-run page in Scotland? And it's no wonder when you consider the amazing views and wonderful beauty spots on offer in Argyll and Bute.

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News

Equality survey: As a council, we are committed to doing all we can to ensure that nobody – council employees as well as the wider Argyll and Bute community – is disadvantaged because of: disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; or sexual orientation. We are updating our ‘equality outcomes’ and we would like you to tell us what you think about what we are proposing. Please take a few minutes to take part in our short survey.

Development opportunity in Campbeltown: A fantastic development opportunity is available in Campbeltown at the former council offices at Witchburn Road.

This beautiful building, close to the town centre, enjoys a views towards Bengullion. It requires some renovation but has the potential for a characterful renovation to either residential or commercial use, subject to permissions.

Are you eligible for Pregnancy and Baby Payment?: Having a baby is a wonderful time, but it can be expensive. The Scottish Government has increased the payments available to lower income families for each child they have. The Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment will help children across Scotland have a fairer start by providing cash sums to families at crucial times in a young child’s life.

Work with us

Are you looking for a change? Argyll and Bute is a wonderful place to live and work. Why not see if any of our job opportunities could be your ideal next career move, and perhaps even be your gateway to living in one of Scotland’s most beautiful areas.

We have vacancies for a Domestic Supervisor; various teaching posts; Museum Curator; Gaelic Language Auxiliaries; Classroom Assistants; Team Leaders and more, all in various locations. You can find out more at MyJobScotland.

Consultations

Review of polling places and districts: Are you happy with the venue you go to to vote in elections? Please let us know.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 30 November 2018.