Here is our year end report, written by Grace Branford, Y6, Chair of School Council:
We started off the academic year by deciding the School Councillors [Y1 – Y6] for 2016/17. In our first few meetings we looked over the School Council agreement and action plan. Our targets were agreed as being:
- Autumn – Setting up the new School Council, Growth mindset challenge and to agree the spring term target.
- Spring – Class pet project.
- Summer –Parish council community fun day opener.
Our never ending target – All children in our school to have a voice – that target NEVER changes.
After we had completed the new council project, we decided that the learning mountain would help us better to have a growth mindset. In School Council we had a vote for spring term target, which turned out unanimous, and happened to be the class pet project. We worked tirelessly to complete to class pet project by:
- Speaking to a Leeds City Council health and safety leader.
- Finding out about our school fish company.
- Had our new fish tank installed on Friday the 30th of June 2017.
The Parish council gala was a great success. Our school performed the opening ceremony with Mr Hammond and Mr Perry’s song ‘Catching the rain!’
Our new school council chair and secretary, Ella Phillips [Chair] and Harley Mortimer [Secretary], have written some quotes.
“I was so excited when Mrs Jackson asked me to be chair of School Council, it was like a dream come true. I can’t wait to hear everyone’s ideas for next year and finding out who the class representatives will be. As the Chair of School Council I will include everybody’s thought and opinions and I will let everyone have a chance to speak in meetings. I hope everyone has a great summer and I look forward to seeing you all in September.” Ella Phillips [2017/18 Chair]
“I’m so happy that I’m the new secretary, I hope I do a good job.” Harley Mortimer [2017/18 Secretary]
“Being Chair of School Council this year has been amazing and has given me all the confidence that I need for high school. It has been the best adventure and I hope Ella and Harley do a great job and enjoy it as much as I did. Good Luck!” Grace Branford [2016/17 Chair]
Grace Branford [2016/17 Chair of School Council]
Grace is Leeds Children's Mayor (updated 8.11.16)
We have some great news to share with everyone - Grace Branford, one of our year six pupils, has been awarded the prestigious position of Leeds Children's Mayor. This was presented at a special ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall. We will share more information as we become aware of her tasks for the year. In the first instance, we can confirm that Grace will be switching on the Christmas lights in Leeds City centre on Thursday 10th November. Grace is also our Chair of School Council.
New School Council (updated 3.10.16)
The new school council representatives have been chosen by their fellow classmates via a vote and we are already busy with lots of new projects for this year. We are in the process of setting our termly targets. So far for the Autumn term we have a growth mindset challenge to decide on what images would inspire our learning and to finish the existing art wall project from last year.
We have decided to set our Spring targets in the form of a democratic vote where children create their own ideas and as a school we vote for the best ones - these may be Easter themed.
Autumn Term 2016 Targets
Setting up the new School Council -
We will agree our goals and rules of the School Council. We will make a plan for the year and make links with Governors.
Growth Mindset Challenge -
We will work out what kind of picture helps us to learn in the face of challenge.
Artwall project -
We will finish the shared artwall projects that School Council started last year.
Agree Spring Term Targets -
All children will give their ideas and vote for a Spring Term target.
Spring Term 2017 Targets
Class pet project -
We agreed this target because we want to find out if we can have pets in school.
Enterprise profit-making project -
We will lead whole school project – each year group will be given £20.00 to spend. They must prepare a NEW plan and use the money to make profit. This will be linked closely to the PTA Easter Fair.
Summer Term 2017 Targets
Growth Mindset Check -
We will work out how much the challenge picture has helped us to improve growth mindset.
Parish Council Community Fun Day Opener -
We will work with the Parish Council and plan and deliver a great opening event for the Community Fun Day.
The School Council has been active for many years. Each year the children vote for new representatives. The children hold regular meetings and take their own minutes. Each class has a class folder. The focus is simple - children have a voice and improve their school. There have been many successes, but listed below are projects that have become embedded in our routines:
- Weekly School Council Tuck Shop
- Annual Enterprise Project
- Annual Great British Food Week
- Annual Parish Council Fun Day Opener