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A school council is group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school. 'School council' means all kinds of school-based groups run by students. In our school, the School Council is a mixture of children from Year 1 and Year 2, who are voted for by children within their class. 

 

During September and October, children in our KS1 classes have been learning about what a school council is and taking part in a range of fun activities that helped them develop their understanding of how we can vote for children to be representatives on our school council. Children from our Foundation Stage classes will join the School Council later on in the academic year.

 

Through this work around the school council, we are enabling children to:

• Have the opportunity to let adults know their feelings and opinions about things that affect them

• Have a say about decisions, and to play an active role in making their school a better place

• Develop life skills through participation and co-operation

• Enjoy and feel empowered by their education

• Feel that their school responds to their needs and views

 

Our new members have now been voted for and decided! Find below pictures of our very excited new school council for 2019/2020.

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Here are our minutes from our school council meetings.

 

 

Monday 5th November 2019

Agenda

Notes

Points for discussion in classes

  • Welcome the new school council
  • Introduce each other

 

 

 

 

  • This year’s plan- what do we want to achieve as a council to make our school even better? What would we like to concentrate on?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • School council notice board. What do we need on it?

 

 

 

Children all introduced themselves and we talked about what we need a council and why the children have been chosen to represent their classes.

 

Active Travel.

We are very proud of our school achieving the modeshift stars silver award for active travel. We would like to continue to promote active travel to school and work towards achieving gold level this year.

The school council would like to be involved in checking the WOW tracker to see if people are choosing an active way to get to school.

We will do a bike and scooter count to see how many children are scooting or biking to school.

 

Healthy schools.

We would like our school to continue to be healthy.

The school council would like to monitor children’s lunch boxes and encourage people who bring their own lunch are bringing healthy lunchboxes.

The school council would like to get more people doing the golden mile at lunchtimes.

 

 

Photographs, minutes from meetings, ideas how we can make our school better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • What could we do to encourage active travel? Would you like another Wheely Wednesday event this year?
  • What has worked well? Did you like the bike skills and learn to ride sessions? Do you have any more ideas for events that we could run in school linked to active travel

 

 

 

  • How can we encourage children to bring healthy lunch boxes? What can we do to encourage this?

 

 

 

 

  • How could we get more people doing the golden mile?

 

Monday 16th December

 

 

 

 

Agenda

Notes

Points for discussion in classes

  • Welcome the school council
  • Discuss the route audit that we conducted with Jim Shaw on the 25th November
  • Look at the School route audit report sent in by Jim.
  • WOW travel tracker- how is that going?

 

 

 

 

  • What else do we need to focus on in school to make it even better?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The School Route Audit.

The school council did a great job of helping Jim to conduct the street audit around school. They found lots of things that were causing problems and need to be sorted out to make active travel to school safe and fun.

 

Jim took all our ideas away and created a report to send to the local council to tell them what the problems are. The school council would like to share this report with you.

The main things we found were…

  • School entrance has unsightly concrete bollards.
  • Irresponsible parking and waiting on Grange Road.
  • Uneven and broken paving on the streets around school.
  • No crossing points between Osbert/Grange/and Renishaw.
  • Overgrown bushes on Osbert Road
  • Lots of cars parking on the pavement.(Osbert/Maynard)
  • Littering around school and on footpaths between houses, including some fly tipping.
  • Zebra crossing beacon light bulb not working on one side.

Many of these problems will need to be sorted out by the council but we can do some things in school to try to help to solve some of the problems. Eg, we have already contributed by designing a parking banner to be displayed outside school.

 

 

 

 

 

Active Travel.

The school council checked the WOW tracker to see if people are choosing an active way to get to school.

We looked at the 1st November until today.

Lots of children are travelling actively to school. The leading class at this point was class 5!! Well done!

We need to make sure that we are all tracking our active travel each day in classes  so that children can collect their badges each month.

 

The school council will start the bike and scooter count in the spring term to see how many children are scooting or biking to school.

 

Healthy schools.

We would like our school to continue to be healthy.

The school council would like to monitor children’s lunch boxes and encourage people who bring their own lunch are bringing healthy lunchboxes.

The school council would like to get more people doing the golden mile at lunchtimes.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Can you think of any other things we can do in school to help to solve any of these problems?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What could we do to encourage more active travel? Would you like another Wheely Wednesday event this year?

  • What has worked well? Did you like the bike skills and learn to ride sessions? Do you have any more ideas for events that we could run in school linked to active travel

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can we encourage children to bring healthy lunch boxes? What can we do to encourage this?

 

  • How could we get more people doing the golden mile?

Next school council meeting will be on Tuesday 21th January. Please address the point for discussion in classes and make notes on the reverse of this sheet. Bring this along to the next meeting.

 

School Council Meeting. Tuesday 21st January  2019

Present- Mrs Lilley, Ismaeel, Amelia, Kasra, Lucy, Finay, Saarah, Yusuf,, Gabriel, Darcy, Amira

 

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  • Welcome the school council
  • Discuss the route audit that we conducted with Jim Shaw on the 25th November . Jim has sent the report to the council and they are working on sorting out the problems.

 

  • WOW tracker monitoring, how is that going?

 

 

  • Message from Jim Shaw- Would we like to join the ‘design a badge’ competition? The winning design will be used on one of the badges for next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Healthy schools- Healthy lunchboxes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Eco schools. We would like to be an eco friendly school. We need to look after our earth and help to make our school eco friendly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Council children were happy that the local council are working on the issues we found during the school route audit  and are looking forward to hearing about the solutions that they can put in place.

 

The children are happy with how the WOW tracker is working and most classes are using it every day.

Classes 1,2,4,5,6,7,and 8 were confident in using it and they talked about how they enjoy clicking on the ipad to say how they travelled to school and achieving a badge at the end of every month.  We need to be tracking active travel every day as we are so close to achieving GOLD level. This would be amazing as there aren’t many schools in Rotherham that have gold award. Keep it up everybody and we’ll get there!

 

School council loved the idea of designing a badge for the WOW award.

 We have sent out a template for the children to enter the competition. This can either be done as a morning job, or send it home if you prefer.

Please return all entries to Mrs Lilley by MONDAY 10th February and the school council will decide on the top 3 designs to send in as our school’s entry.

This year’s WOW theme is: WONDERS OF THE WORLD 

Every year, the WOW badges are designed by primary pupils from around the UK.  They select 11 winning designs to become the monthly WOW badges each year. Over 400,000 badges of each design are proudly earned, worn and treasured by primary school pupils across the country.

Winning WOW schools receive a goody bag of WOW resources up to the value of £100.  And lots of great publicity! 

 

 

 

 

The school council are still not happy that everybody is bringing healthy lunchboxes to school. We will look at designing a poster/leaflet to promote this. WATCH THIS SPACE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children would like to become an eco-school. Mrs Lilley will be registered our school online.

 Our school council will also become Eco Warriors to make sure our school is eco -friendly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please ensure all children have a chance to design a wow badge and return the entries to Mrs Lilley by Monday 10th February.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please discuss in classes before the next meeting….

  • What can we do become an eco- friendly school?
  • How can we look after our environment?

Next school council meeting will be on Tuesday 11th February. Please address the point for discussion in classes and make notes on the reverse of this sheet. Bring this along to the next meeting.

School Council Meeting. Tuesday 11th February 2020

Agenda

Notes

Points for discussion in classes

  • Welcome the school council
  • Welcome to our 3 visitors from FS2

 

 

 

  • Judging the WOW badge competition entries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Eco schools. We would like to be an eco- friendly school. We need to look after our earth and help to make our school eco-friendly. What do we know already about how to be eco- friendly and what do we do as a school?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all classes for your WOW badge designs! They are all brilliant!

The school council found it so difficult to decide on the winning designs! We can only send in 3 entries to Living Streets.

We narrowed it down to 12 designs, 4 from each year group. Then the school council voted for one from each year group to send off.

The winning designs were from Datha in year 2, Honor in year 1 and Joshua from FS2.

 

Watch this space!! Hopefully someone from our school will be one of the lucky winners!!

 

We finished the meeting by discussing what we could do as a school to look after our environment and to be more eco-friendly.

The children had lots of ideas.

We need to make sure we are recycling our rubbish instead of throwing it in the bin. We need to try to reduce waste as much as possible, eg, don’t waste paper etc.

We need to reuse as many things as possible such as carrier bags, junk for junk modelling etc.

Everyone should ensure taps are turned off so that we don’t waste water. Lights and electrical items are turned off when not in use so that we don’t waste energy.

 

 

We will be getting our eco warrior roles up and running after half term. We hope to become an eco-friendly school very soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next school council meeting to be confirmed after the half term holiday.

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