Glasgow Save our Schools Campaign

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Save our Schools BBC Radio Scotland tomorrow

Hi everyone
If you get a chance listen to BBC Scotland tomorrow (Wednesday) from 11.30 onwards, and particularly 12.15to 12.45 ish There will be a few items about schools, and Heather from the west end and Pauline from Carnwadric will be on there speaking for the campaign - brilliant :o)If you miss it. You can listen to it again on the internet

Cheers Anthea

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

CITY-WIDE SIT

SAVE OUR SCHOOL CAMPAIGN
CITY-WIDE SIT IN PROTEST
FRIDAY 10TH MARCH 2006
Hi Everyone,
I am sending out this e-mail to ask for your support in the City-Wide Sit In protest. So far, 3 seperate schools are taking part. Carnwadric, Pollok and Bargeddie. Would be great if many more schools could join us to make this a huge success!
It is vital that we keep our campaign 'visible'.  I know we are all doing our own thing seperately, petitions, letter writing, rallies etcetera, but we have to keep the publicity around our campaign alive.  I know for sure Laura Coventry at the E.T would be extremely interested in writing something that is happening at the same time, city-wide.

BBC Radio Scotland also contacted me today about maybe doing a programme about the campaign in their Action Scotland programme. I contacted Action Scotland weeks ago and now they have got in touch, and seem interested in what we are doing. Will let you know how this goes.

If you need to contact me with questions about having a sit in, and how exactly you go about doing such a thing, you can call me on 0792 114 8219. Alternatively, put your questions on the blog!

Thanks, and remember UNITED WE STAND. DIVIDED WE FALL! (I know it's a total cleche, but it's true!) : 0 )


Pauline Gilgallon
Carnwadric Save Our Schools

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Friday, February 17, 2006

Fight to save primary


Parents call on tycoon to join fight to save primary
Full article

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

pre-12 phase4 investment


Hi everyone,
I have been reading the council website and note the decision to offer dual catchment areas to west end pupils is merely a proposal, it hasn't been given to us and needs to be campaigned for.See the text below from the council website. Considering how the council operates I'm not exactly sure what this may result in.
Will the council be looking for a clear mandate from a majority of parents of existing pupils? (most of whom will have left by the time the new school is open.)
Will they take into consideration comments made by parents of pupils to be?
If they don't, will they go ahead with just the new school - once again raising the spectre of a 750+ Hillhead primary?
If we are to have more public meetings then I believe this needs to be a discussion point.

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/News/pre12phase4investment.htm
Proposal J

A new school to replace Dowanhill, Hillhead, Kelvinhaugh and Willowbank Primary Schools. It will also accommodate Dowanhill and Willows Nursery Schools and be built on the gap site at Otago Street and Gibson Street.

There will be a further consultation beginning at Easter 2006 on the following proposals:-

* pupils currently residing within the approved catchment area for Dowanhill to attend the new Hillhead PS or Hyndland PS
* pupils currently residing within the approved catchment area for Kelvinaugh to attend the new Hillhead PS or Anderston PS
* pupils currently residing within the approved catchment area for Willowbank to attend the new Hillhead PS or Oakgrove PS

Number of Primary Schools to close – Three; Dowanhill, Kelvinhaugh and Willowbank, all with effect from the end of session 2007/2008.

A.S.

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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Lobby of Council, Thursday 9 Feb

Good to see there is already a photo. We had a really good demo in front of the City Chambers, together with Council Workers angry about the prospect of losing jobs.
Save our schools! Not cuts, no closures! Save our jobs and save our schools!

Together there seemed to be about 200 of us and lots of placards and banners. People driving by were very supportive - lots of honking of horns - love the support, but hate the noise.

There wes lots of press - TV, radio and papers. We should add the press coverage of our events to the blog.




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Photo from Thur. demo George Square


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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Schools to close list

List of Decisions
Proposal A

A new multiplex to replace Ruchill, Wester Common, Our Lady of Assumption
and St Cuthbert’s Primary Schools. It will also accommodate the Ruchill
Communication Disorder Unit and Wester Common Nursery School and be built on
the football pitch adjacent to the former Ruchill Hospital.

Number of Primary Schools to close – Two; Ruchill and Our Lady of
Assumption, both with effect from the end of session 2007/2008.

Proposal B

Maryhill Primary School to close at the end of session 2005/2006 and pupils
transfer to Parkview Primary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close – One

Proposal C

A new school to replace St Bernard’s and St Robert’s Primary Schools. It
will accommodate Woodacre Nursery and be built on the current site of St
Bernard’s Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close – One; St Robert’s at the end of session
2005/06.

Proposal D

A new school to replace Househillmuir, Burnbrae and Nitshill Primary
Schools. It will also accommodate Burnbrae Children’s Centre and be built on
the football pitches at Houshillmuir Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close – Two; Burnbrae and Nitshill, both with
effect from the end of session 2007/2008.

Proposal E

St Edmund’s Primary School to close at the end of session 2005/2006 and
pupils transfer to St Marnock’s Primary School.

Number of Primary Schools to Close – One

Proposal F

A new school to replace Bishoploch, Blairtummock, Commonhead and Rogerfield
Primary Schools. It will also accommodate St Clare’s Day Nursery and be
built on the site of the former St Clare’s Primary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close – Three in total at the end of session
2007/2008.

(The four schools will come together in one new building)

Proposal G

A new school to replace Easthall, Provanhall and Wellhouse Primary Schools.
It will also accommodate Provanhall Primary School Nursery Class, Easthall
and Newhurst Nursery Schools and Barlanark Communication Disorder Unit and
be built on the site of the current Ogilvie Primary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close – Two; Provanhall and Wellhouse, both
with effect from the end of session 2007/2008.

Proposal H

Barlanark Primary School to close at the end of session 2005/2006 and pupils
transfer to Sandaig Primary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close - One

Proposal I

A new school to replace St Jude’s and Ogilvie Primary Schools. It will
accommodate the Barlanark Family Learning Centre and be built on the current
site of Barlanark Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close – One in total at the end of session
2005/06.

(The two schools will come together, eventually in one new building)

Proposal J

A new school to replace Dowanhill, Hillhead, Kelvinhaugh and Willowbank
Primary Schools. It will also accommodate Dowanhill and Willows Nursery
Schools and be built on the gap site at Otago Street and Gibson Street.

There will be a further consultation beginning at Easter 2006 on the
following proposals:-

* pupils currently residing within the approved catchment area for
Dowanhill to attend the new Hillhead PS or Hyndland PS
* pupils currently residing within the approved catchment area for
Kelvinaugh to attend the new Hillhead PS or Anderston PS
* pupils currently residing within the approved catchment area for
Willowbank to attend the new Hillhead PS or Oakgrove PS

Number of Primary Schools to close – Three; Dowanhill, Kelvinhaugh and
Willowbank, all with effect from the end of session 2007/2008.

Proposal K

A new school to replace Notre Dame and St Peter’s Primary Schools. It will
also accommodate Anderston Street Nursery School and be built on the site of
the current Dowanhill Primary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close – One; St Peter’s with effect from the
end of session 2008/2009.

Proposal L

Temple Primary School to close at the end of session 2006/2007 and pupils
transfer to Knightswood Primary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close - One

Proposal M

A new school to replace Drumoyne, Elder Park and Greenfield Primary Schools.
It will also accommodate the Govan Family Learning Centre and be built on
the site of Pirie Park.

Number of Primary Schools to close – Two in total at the end of session
2007/2008.

(The three schools will come together in one new building)

Proposal N

A new multiplex to replace Copeland, Hill’s Trust and St Saviour’s Primary
Schools. It will also accommodate Broomloan Nursery School and be built on
the site of the former St Gerard’s Secondary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close – One (either Copeland or Hill’s Trust)
from the end of session 2007/2008.

Proposal O

A new school to replace St Anthony’s and St Jerome’s Primary Schools. It
will be built on the current site of St Jerome’s Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close – One at the end of session 2005/06.

(The two schools will come together, eventually in one new building)

Proposal P

A new school to replace St Lousie’s and St Vincent Primary Schools. It will
accommodate Thornlaw Nursery School and the St Vincent’s Communication
Disorder Unit and be built on the football pitches at St Vincent’s Primary.

Number of Primary School to close – One; St Louise’s at the end of session
2007/08.

Proposal Q

A new school to replace Arden and Carnwadric Primary Schools. It will
accommodate the Jimmy Dunnachie Family Learning Centre and be built on the
football pitches at Arden Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close – One; Arden at the end of session
2007/08.

Proposal R

A new school to replace Sir John Maxwell and Tinto Primary Schools. It will
accommodate Shawbridge Nursery School and Pollokshaws Day Nuresry and be
built on the football pitches at Tinto Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close – One; Sir John Maxwell at the end of
session 2007/08.

Proposal S

A new school to replace Quarrybrae Primary School. It will accommodate
Quarrybrae Primary School Nursery Class and Parkhead Community Nursery and
be built on the football pitches north of the existing Quarrybrae Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close – None.

Proposal T

A new school to replace St Amrose and St Augustine’s Primary Schools. It
will accommodate Milton Community Nursery and be built on the site of the
former St Augustine’s Secondary School.

Number of Primary Schools to close – One at the end of session 2007/08.

(The two schools will come together in one new building)

Proposal U

St John’s Primary School to close and pupils transferred to St Francis’
Primary School.

Oatlands Nursery School will also close and pupils transferred to St
Francis’ Primary.

Laurieston Day Nursery School will be relocated from St John’s Primary to
Blackfrairs Primary.

Number of Primary Schools to close – One; St John’s at the end of session
2005/2006.

session 2007/08.




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Monday, February 06, 2006

Feb @ 12noon PROTEST LOBBY of Council meeting @ City Chambers, George Sq UNITE with parents across the city & council staff fighting cuts This meeting of the full council will vote on plans to wipe out local schools Save our schools defend our kids’ future - defend our communities VOICE YOUR VIEWS save our primary & nursery schools

Thurs 9th Feb @ 12noon PROTEST LOBBY of Council meeting @ City Chambers, George Sq UNITE with parents across the city & council staff fighting cuts This meeting of the full council will vote on plans to wipe out local schools - despite massive opposition by parents and residents. The council Education Committee has ignored our views. This is an attack on education AND democracy. We must not give up the campaign to Save Our Schools. Join our protest lobby - voice your views.

Demand local, modern, easily accessible schools -with lower class sizes

The Council has conducted a sham consultation - now their Education Committee has trampled on public opinion and gone ahead with their closure plans.

In the west end, they still plan to shut Dowanhill, Hillhead, Kelvinhaugh and Willowbank primaries; Dowanhill and Willows nurseries ... and put over 500 kids into one school at Gibson St /Otago St. They want to shut St Peter’s and Notre Dame primaries; Anderson St nursery .... and replace it with a new Roman Catholic school on the Dowanhill site. they have ignored the public outcry against the Gibson St site, against super-sized schools being bad for our children, and done nothing to address the problem of classes of up to 33. The full Council meeting on 9th Feb will decide the fate of our kids and communities.

So this PROTEST LOBBY aims to unite people from across Glasgow in protest at the crazy centralisation of our schools.

JOIN US!

All their plans will mean bigger classes; monster-sized schools that alienate young children; loss of community facilities; and often long and dangerous journeys to school. How are kids and parents meant to walk to Gibson St from many parts of this area? Or why should we be forced to add to car pollution?

The proposed Gibson St site would be undersized, overcrowded with an initial 500+ kids, and add to isolation and bullying. The council now admits it would mean classes of 33. It would be built on a site where the Shish Mahal was demolished due to subsidence! .. Why don’t the Council invest in the existing LOCAL, easily-accessible schools?

.. Why don’t they slash class sizes -to improve education - instead of closing down buildings that are at the heart of local communities? Join the PROTEST LOBBY. Show your feelings before the Council railroad through their plans.We won’t accept these attacks lying down! The campaign continues. Join us.

Join the united Save Our Schools campaign - set up to unite parents, staff and residents in defence of our kids and communities. Ring 07742889802. Email saveourschoolswest@yahoo.co.uk

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Fury as council axes 28 Glasgow primaries

The £128million project will result in 28 primaries closing and 16 new schools being built.Today defiant parents and their children held a protest march against the closure of their school, St Edmund's Primary in Pollok. FULL ARTICLE

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Friday, February 03, 2006

Angry mums' save our school sit-in


ANGRY mums staged an all-night sit-in protest at a Glasgow primary school.FULL ARTICLE

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Dozens of Glasgow primary schools facing closure

Despite public opposition, councillors yesterday voted to shut 28 of Glasgow's primaries and build 16 new schools in their place at various locations across the city. HERALD ARTICLE

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Protest - Tomorrow at the City Chambers - As the councillors discuss the fate of our schools

The lobby!! 12noon city chambers. (Thur.) Bring placards and banners. The banner from the march will be there so we should benice and visible. A good showing tomorrow is really important the council or the ruling labour group at least may be expecting us to accept that they've made some concessions and stop our protest. We must make it clear that the 'concessions' are completely unsatisfactory (not addressing issues of safety, community or class sizes, and not really evenaddressing school size - 500-550 is still too big) and the last thing we intend not to do is go away.

So SEE YOU TOMORROW!! Even if only for a short while


The meeting tomorrow is an open meeting. People can attend but not speak. As far as I know you can just go in - i.e. you don't have to be accompanying a councillor or anything. If you have some free time in the afternoon please consider sticking around to go into the meeting - important to have observers, could put pressure on councillors and, even aside from that, it'll be good for us to have evidence of what's been discussed.


PS I went in and viewed the submissions today and will
post something about my impressions of them when I get
a chance.
All the best
Anthea

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'Burgh Angel' free newsheet for Maryhill/Woodside/Possil (covering community news)

Hi folks, I'm not a parent myself but I do feel strongly about the issue of the closure of all these primary schools across the city, it's an absolute joke and it seems to be happening with so many basic services, and I'll try and manage along on Thursday to this lobby. Incidentally is that to meet up at the city chambers at 12pm? Myself and few others involved in the 'Burgh Angel' free newsheet for Maryhill/Woodside/Possil (covering community news) were at the recent unity march through the West End where I think we spoke to Anthea and a few others, and we'd really like to cover as much of the campaign across Glasgow as possible in our forthcoming edition (which currently reaches a lot of the shops and the libraries in the area), so if anyone is interested in contributing they can email me at the address below, otherwise I'll see and come along on Thursday with my dictaphone. We'd also be quite happy to plug any events organised by the campaign. Nick ('Burgh Angel')
nick_durie@hotmail.com


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