School Councillors 2019-2020
This year we have increased the number of School Councilors we have to 21! Children were all elected by their class to represent them at our meetings. We meet every two weeks and our big focus this year is to look at how we can be more environmentally friendly as a school. That is why our School Council badge is green this year. See below to see what we have been working on as a school council to make our school more 'green'
We also decided that this year we would have leaders who run our school council meetings. As a school council group we agreed on the key leadership qualities these people would need. School Councillors who were interested in these positions then completed application forms and were interviewed by the chair of governors, Josie McLellan and Mrs Croasdell. It was a difficult decision as all the children who were interviewed did very well! So our school council leaders are:
The Chair is Ali (Year 6, India Class)
The Vice Chair is Harry (Year 6, India Class)
The Secretary is Bethan (Year 5, Jamaica Class)
The Treasurer is Judah (Year 5, Greece Class)
The leaders meet regularly to plan the agenda for each of our meetings, deciding what we should discuss. The notes from our meeting are then typed and shared in the group. We keep all of these in our school council folders, which we bring to each meeting. The leaders are also responsible for writing articles for the newsletter.
Eco Brick Workshop
We were fortunate enough to have some special visitors:Dr Sara Williams who works at UWE and is looking at how children can understand more about environmental changes, Brick-It Bristol, who are working to educate people about how to recycle plastic through making eco-bricks which can then be used as a building material. We had a great afternoon learning about the different types of plastic and then we got to make our own eco- bricks! We are going to have an area set aside at lunchtimes for children to make eco-bricks.
MP Thangham Debbonaire visits Whitehall Primary
The School Councillors and the Rights Respecting Ambassadors met Thangham Debbonaire. They asked lots of great questions to learn more democracy and life as an MP.
School Councillors 2018 - 2019
Meet our School Council! This fabulous group have all been elected by their classes to represent them for this academic year. This year the school council have achieved the following:
- raised over £600 through sponsored events for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
- made improvements to the playground- Just look at our new climbing frame!
- worked with Glyn, our school chef, to make changes to the school dinner menu
- encouraged classmates to bring in toiletries for the homeless, which the school council wrapped up in special Christmas Gifts. These were taken to St Mungo's charity.
Well done school councillors for being such great role models in the school!
Year 2: Beetle Class = Ryma
Year 2: Mantis Class = Dylan
Year 2: Ant Class = Alethea
Year 3: Ladybird Class = Hurairah
Year 3: Millipede Class = Joe
Year 3: Glow Worm Class = Zubair
Year 4: Firefly Class = Sara & Hafsa
Year 4: Dragonfly Class = Teyha & Mikolaj
Year 5: Moth Class = Soloman & Amara
Year 5: Damselfly Class = Nicole & Anouk
Year 6: Honeybee Class = Louis & Akram
Year 6: Hornet Class = Rosanna & Kore
Our School Councillors of 2019-20
Year 2 School Councillors are: Dawid, Tara and Nay-Nay.
Year 3 School Councillors are: Sophia, Seren, Ren, Albert and Mabel.
Year 4 School Councillors are: Mohammed, Ayaan, Elsa, Ysee and Imran.
Year 5 School Councillors are:Ralph, Judah, Bethan and Sheighlon.
Year 6 School Councillors are: Kayasha, Lyra, Harry and Ali.
Parliament Workshop: A workshop to learn more about Democracy and how laws are made
We had a visitor who came in and led an assembly to teach us about Parliament. We learnt about the role of the house of commons and the House of Lords, how laws are created and how our votes help to elect members of Parliament.
Afterwards, the School Councillors had a special workshop where we learnt more about the jobs in the House of Commons. We got to pretend to be government ministers and have a 'real' debate about whether school hours should change so that children start school at 10am. We all took our roles very seriously and gave strong arguments for and against this as a new law. When we had finished debating the speaker then told us we needed to vote, like MPs do: those who thought it should become law went to the 'Aye' lobby (this means yes!), and those that thought it shouldn't become law went to the 'no' lobby. The majority of us voted no, instead we think school hours should stay the same as they are now. It turns out that this was a real life debate a few years ago, started as a petition by a young person!
We all thoroughly enjoyed this experience and we now have a far greater understanding of democracy, one of our British Values.