Our School Hub Project

The Hub Project was aiming to create a space within school for use by the different external agencies (our partners) which already work with children and their families in the school.  Currently there is no dedicated space for these external agencies to work with the children (and their families) and as a result the adults from these organisations can be anywhere within the school.  

External Agencies already working within the school:
Building Healthy Communities
Burns Club
CAMHS
Childsmile
Churches
D & G College
Educational Psychology
Educational Visitor
Fire Service
Health Team (Flu Vaccinations etc.)
Homework Club (TGB)
Kirkcudbright Academy
Lifelong Learning
Local Businesses
Local Librarian
Music tutors
Occupational Therapy
Parent helpers (within classes)
Police
Rotary
School doctor
School Nurse
Social Work
Speech and Language Therapy
Stitch Club
 
We already have an additional room as a Learning Lab and this is used for children accessing learning support with school staff, this room is used every day throughout the week which means teaching staff are unable to access the kitchen area with their class for health and wellbeing lessons.
The creation of a ‘Community Hub Room’ would ensure that there was a space available for learning and teaching of health and wellbeing, Wednesday Workers and Lego Club with school staff taking the lead and then when the school is not using it there would be a dedicated familiar space for children to work in with the existing external agencies. Please note the definition of school community used by the school is the same as that by Education Scotland (the Inspectors who assess the school).  The school community refers to all children and young people, staff, parents/carers, families and partners who are connected to the school.
We have held a series of meetings regarding the creation of the Hub its rationale and purpose and have published a leaflet about it for information. The leaflet can be picked up from the main office or located on the school website http://gatehouse.dumgal.sch.uk/index.php/projects/hub
Parental engagement and involvement in the life of the school is actively supported and encouraged by the Scottish Government Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 which places duties on schools, local authorities and Scottish Ministers to help all parents to be involved in their own child's learning and to be welcomed as active participants in schools.  Therefore, an additional suggestion, which we know has worked in other schools across Scotland including schools in our own local authority, would be to have a time for parents of children in the school to come and meet with each other and have a cuppa and a chat no strings attached. 
Following the meetings organised in school we have listened to parental feedback and observed the enthusiasm for this and are going to run this meeting time for parents on a trial basis.  We would welcome all parents to be involved in this on a Friday afternoon during assembly time (2:30-3pm) when all the children are in the school hall. This would allow parents to come for a cuppa and pick children up at the end of the school day.  This would give parents a chance to meet other parents, have a chat and hopefully become more involved in the life of the school.  Some of the different agencies involved in the life of the school will also attend.  We aim to have this up and running from 22 November to the end of term, after which we will be looking for feedback from those who have accessed it and the agencies involved.

Question Title

* 1. We are seeking the views of parents of the use of this additional room, can you please indicate below which organisations you feel would make best use of the room on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being most use and 1 being no use at all:

  1 2 3 4 5
Building Healthy Communities
Burns Club
CAMHS
Childsmile
Churches
D & G College
Educational Psychology
Educational Visitor
Fire Service
Health Team (Flu Vaccinations etc.)
Homework Club (TGB)
Kirkcudbright Academy
Lifelong Learning
Local Businesses
Local Librarian
Music tutors
Occupational Therapy
Parent helpers (within classes)
Police
Rotary
School doctor
School Nurse
Social Work
Speech and Language Therapy
Stitch Club
0 of 1 answered
 

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