School Council Blog
Welcome to the blog for our School Council where we will be adding posts after our regular meetings. If you have any questions about the School Council please speak with Mrs Barwin.
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Our School Councillors are busy behind the scenes at the moment. Since Christmas they have;
- Looked at the amount of lost property in school and returned named items to the children throughout the school.
- They are preparing for a Health and Safety Walk with Mrs Cooper and Mrs Wilson, thinking about clear walkways, tidy computer cables, clear fire exits and looking out for trip hazards.
In April, the children will be looking at safety at drop off times, looking for people who use the paths, push their scooters on School grounds and ensuring people don’t cut through the car park or park on the zig zag lines.
Yesterday we had a visit from our Sustainable School Partner for Eco Awareness – Samuel Ryder, they work with us to share their knowledge.
The two 6th Form Students took whole school meeting and led a quiz about how to care for our planet. Our children were incredibly well behaved and made us all very proud. They had lots of prior knowledge about recycling and how we are affecting our planet.
We then showed Samuel Ryder our next Eco project “Upcycling” which you will hear more about very soon.
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis
Today the Eco Ambassadors met with Miss Lewis and I to discuss our next Eco Project.
We are going to take part in Waste Aware Week – 6th – 10th March 2017. Our Ambassadors are going to let you know which tasks we will participate in, once they have agreed them with Mrs Cooper.
We hope to have some fun tasks for you to help your child with at home.
Our School Councillors have been looking at the pile of lost property in the end corridior.
They have written a letter to parents asking them to label every item of clothing.
Dear Parents and Carers
We are the School Councillors and wanted to write to you. This is the amount of lost property in our school since September 2016.
We could have no lost property if you ‘LABEL IT’ please.
James, Bru, Zishan, Selma, Tim, Neha, Eva, Lucca
Today I met with the School Councillors to discuss;
“Label It” Campaign – the amount of lost property due to items of clothing not being named.
Christmas Charity – which Charity to support this year.
Anti Bullying – feedback and what next.
Bru asked that we find a way to donate to a hospital and children who won’t receive many Christmas presents. So we agreed on donating our collections after the Christmas Play performances to Great Ormond Street and collecting toys for the Salvation Army. The rest of the Councillors thought that Great Ormond Street was a good charity to support.
Our councillors looked at the lost property pile and returned items to people where possible. Please have a look in the end corridor if you are missing any clothing.
We discussed Anti Bullying Week, which we acknowledged last week. I asked the councillors one thing that they could remember from last week. Every councillor could tell me how bullying is different to being rude or mean. Selma said “bullying is when you hurt people and also when you hurt peoples feelings over and over agin, not just Monday, but more than Monday.” Eva said “bullying is hitting the same person over and over again.” I asked, is bullying just hitting? Lucca replied, “No, hurting people, telling them that they are not your friend. You could be mean, rude or bullying.”
Selma made 2 posters at home “I made this poster because to tell people that bullying is wrong. The other one is for people to colour in.” We made photocopies of the posters for each class and the councillors will explain to their classmates why Selma made them. Thank you Selma!
I would like to thank our new councillors for such a productive meeting.
Today, the Eco Ambassadors met with Mrs Barwin and I.
Amelia “We done some recycling of wasting papers”, this included some children taking the recycling boxes from each class to the recycle bin outside.
Lily “We had a look at them to see how much to be recycled”
Ben “We’ve been getting paper waste and then we were looking to see how much has been wasted”
Lots of paper is being wasted!
Toby “We’ve been thinking about electricity, we have to turn off the lights”
We discussed our jobs we have been doing for Switch off Fortnight and saw that our ambassadors and monitors have been keeping an eye on these.
At lunchtime, 2 children will monitor Purple class to check that paper towels are not wasted and are being put in the bin, and the taps turned off.
Today our ambassadors are taking certificates and stickers back to their classes to celebrate a successful Switch Off Fortnight.
Our ambassadors have requested a display board for certificates and photos, this will be commencing next week.
Today we have launched Switch off Fortnight. Miss Lewis and I led the whole school meeting to discuss saving energy by switching off.
We were amazed at the knowledge the children had about electricity, wind turbines and solar panels.
We talked about how we can switch off lights, put a jumper on instead of the heating and take short showers.
We elected 12 Eco Ambassadors to work with us for the next few months and gave them 3 Switch off Monitors per class to help them over the next fortnight.
Our Eco Ambassadors have their first meeting with Miss Lewis on Wednesday.
We can’t publish the photo of our Eco Ambassadors, as some can’t appear on the website.
Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis
This week we have been thinking about Democracy Week. On Monday, Sandy Walkington came to visit to talk to the children about voting and being a Member of Parliament.
On Tuesday the children visited the Cunningham Hill Voting Station to cast their vote. The children had to vote to wear;
- own clothes
- something red
- dress up as a character.
Our School Councillors helped to register the voters on arrival and counted the votes.
The result was;
- Dress up as a character 78 votes
- Wear own clothes 62 votes
- Wear red clothes 32 votes.
There was 1 spoilt paper.
On Friday 21st October the children are able to come in dressed as a character of their choice. We look forward to seeing their costumes.
Our School Councillors have been busy this week talking about the charity to support this year with our Harvest Festival donations.
They have drafted their own letter to parents about donations and will be leading whole school meeting on Thursday.
I was very impressed with how the children articulated their sentences for the letter, quotes like “the food must be just right to eat” from Zara in Year 1, when talking about tins being in date.
Our councillors will help to bag up the donations after our Harvest Festival ready for delivery.
Please look out for the letter that will be coming home this week.