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Summary of PCC Meeting – 19th May 2017

The meeting was held at St Mary’s School - Karl Joyce and various Staff members met with the PCC. Karl Joyce reported, Pupil Numbers have increased to 218, the test results were superb.  The highlight of the year was the church school inspection (SIAMS); where outstanding was achieved in all 4 areas: “Distinctive Christian Character, impact of collective worship, RE, Leadership and management”. The School is struggling with ageing buildings, various repairs such as leaking roofs, and replacement boilers were required.  Overall the school is a secure and happy environment, for the children and staff.

It was agreed that the Parish would supply year 6 pupils with a Bible at the beginning of year 6, rather than the end, this would allow the pupils to become more conversant with the Bible. Also a box of Bibles would be kept in the classroom, for use of years 3 – 5.

A community event is being held across the Diocese called, “A Festival for All” this would take place from the 19th May - 16th June 2018; all Parishes are invited to hold an event.

The parent talk meeting held in the Church Hall has been a success, there were however problems with the projector, and IT equipment, which caused a problem.

The Luncheon club which meets in the church hall, will be suspended following the Christmas lunch this year, only 6 or 8 now attend, the kitchen that has been supplying the meals is no longer able to do so, and Dot no longer feels able to continue.

Malcolm Kittle has been appointed as Director of Music.

The Youth Worker has resigned, as of the end of August due to family commitments, and moving to Worcester.

A new post of Family and Children’s Worker has been advertised.

Judith Richardson and Claire Clarke have been reappointed as School Governors.

Representatives are required for Thornbury Churches Together.

A booking Secretary is still required for the Church Hall.

The heating at St Mary’s is now working, repairs were successful.

The projected over spend for this financial year has been reduced from £6.5K to £4K.

A Legacy policy has been adopted by the PCC.

The Council is installing a plinth in St Mary’s churchyard, regarding the war memorial, for a QR Code, the position has been agreed.