End of year reports 2015 - 2016 from KS2 and KS1 School Councils
Cliftonville Primary's School Council were treated to a picnic at Northdown Park for all their hard work this year before they hosted a celebration coffee afternoon. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves at the park and were fantastic at hosting the afternoon for parents, governors and local councillors. They spoke clearly about their roles and achievements this year and chatted keenly to all the visitors before being presented with certificates. All of the visitors were impressed with the confidence and maturity of the children and Miss Connellan and Mrs Jewell are very proud of them. Here are the speeches that they made:
Good afternoon, welcome to the coffee afternoon. We are the Key Stage 2 School Council. We are a group of children – chosen by our classmates – who meet every Monday to work together to make our school a better place and promote our school values. We are here today to tell you about what we have done this year and what we have learnt.
One of our achievements is our huge fundraising for numerous charities. For example, we ran a cake sale for Children In Need and for Sports Relief we organized a sports themed treasure hunt and other games like Splat The Rat and Hook A Duck (which were very popular). Most recently, we raised money for Cardiac Risk In The Young by hosting a variety of activities including times table bingo, decorate a heart and how many hearts in the jar.
Sometimes, the senior leadership team ask us what we and our peers think about certain issues. We discuss it as a group then ask out classes and finally we report back and make a presentation. This year, we have been asked what our classes think about:
· school dinners
· school reports
· the transition process
As a result, we have now introduced literacy homework, we created a booklet about the positives of each year group for the new year group and met with our school caterers Caterlink.
Other times, our classmates suggest ideas or ask questions. If we don’t know the solutions, we have a meeting with our headteacher Mrs Troth. In November, our Headteacher’s Question Time was filmed and shown in assembly.
We also add value to our local community by hosting these coffee afternoons and have shown visitors around at the opening of this building.
A huge event we were involved in this year was Parliament Week. During this time we had many visitors who are involved in Parliament. Dominic Woodward, a ivil servant from the Department Of Health, chatted to us about our goals and we went on an amazing trip to the Houses Of Parliament where we met our local MP Craig Mackinlay and saw David Cameron speak in the House Of Commons. It was a fantastic day! This year we also staged a mock EU referendum in which our school voted to remain.
Throughout these events we have learnt more about democracy and how it works. We have also learnt things about ourselves. School Council takes a lot of responsibility – we have to be organised and independent (our Chair Erin leads the meetings and we all have jobs to do). Our listening skills have developed greatly and we have learnt how to respect others’ ideas and be honest. We have become more confident sharing our own opinions and at speaking in public.
We have really enjoyed being this year’s School Council and we know that next year’s School Council will carry on our good work.
Thank you for listening.
Hello, we are the Key Stage 1 School Council. Each year 1 and 2 class voted for one boy and one girl at the beginning of the year.
We are the first Key Stage 1 School Council that Cliftonville Primary School have had. We were all really excited to be part of something new.
We have been part of many projects during the year, such as choosing how Key Stage 1 would raise money for Comic Relief.
We also looked at our school website and talked to our ICT Manager, Mr Clayson about our ideas.
Our latest project was to ask our peers how we could improve our playground now that all the building work was finished. They came up with lots of ideas that will happen, like creating a quiet zone in the shelter.
But we don’t think Mrs Troth is going to let us build a swimming pool and a zip wire.!
School Council e-safety assembly: invite to all parents and carers
As part of Safer Internet Week, the School Council would like to invite parents to a special assembly on E-Safety at 2.45pm on Thursday 12th February. The children would like to share with you everything they have been learning about how to stay safe online.
'We Day' 2015
We were thrilled to learn that our school has been invited to attend the 'We Day' at Wembley Arena in March. This is due to our school's commitment, led by the School Council, to undertake both global and local projects to make a change to people's lives. Our invite recognises the positive impact of all the amazing work of the School Council including leading Operation Christmas Child, our Green Travel Project and charity fundraising. This is a remarkable achievement for primary aged children which reflects Cliftonville School's vision to build a generation of active citizens who recognise their rights and responsibilities in their local and wider communities.
Congratulations to every member of the school community - this is an award for you all!
End of year report of some of the important work of our School Council!
Cliftonville School Council led a final assembly on Wednesday 23rd July to share and celebrate all their achievements this academic year. These included:
The children were also presented with special certificates during the assembly for their valuable contribution to the council and the school community. They have been an absolutely fantastic School Council – well done to all of you! Thank you must also go to Miss Connellan who has supported the School Council members so well this year.
June 2014: School Council lead whole school assemblies on Green Travel
Since attending the Green Champions launch at the council offices, the School Council have been busy planning and preparing their project to promote green travel at Cliftonville. They prepared, practised and presented assemblies to both key stages to share what they had learnt and to introduce their poster competition. Entries should promote travelling to school by green methods (walking, cycling, scooting, bus, car share, park and stride, walking bus) and should be on A4 paper not using the computer.
School council visits Thanet District Council
On Wednesday March 5th six School Councillors took a trip on the bus to the Thanet Council Chamber for the launch of the KM Green Champions initiative. At the event they learnt about the main traffic problems affecting Thanet schools (congestion and pollution) and had an opportunity to ask a lady who works for the Thanet District Council about these. They also learnt about the new Green Champions scheme and how they can promote it in our school. The children were fantastic ambassadors for our school as they listened keenly and asked intelligent questions when given the opportunity by councillor Iris Johnston. They got to sit in the councillors’ seats in the Chamber and use their special microphones to speak! Keep an eye out for all the fun things they will be leading at Cliftonville to promote green travel to school.
Our School Council 2013 - 2014
Our School Council has a really important role in our school. Miss Connellan supports the children at meetings and helps them follow up any actions.
We think that it's important to...
Represent all pupils and include as many people as possible
Take time to listen to all pupils and communicate their views
Feed back to pupils about what happened about their views
Make things happen – or explain why they can’t!
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