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School Council Updates 2018-2019

 

        School Council Spring Term Updates    

 

Week Commencing - 07.01.19

 

Today the School Council met for the first time this term.  They were ready and raring to go for another successful term.  Given that the School Council helped in making the Christmas Fair such a huge success Mrs Evans has kindly decided that the School Council can use some of the money raised to make developments and changes to an area in the school.

The School Council had a big discussion today to think about areas that they thought they might like to spend the money on. Classroom resources, playground resources, wet play games; indoor lunchtime games were some of the things that the children suggested.  After a vote they agreed that most of their classes could do with some new wet play games as many of the ones they have already are old, tatty and didn’t have all the pieces. 

 

The School Council then agreed that in order to get an accurate idea of what the children in each class might like to be ordered, they would need to ask them to have a think about the games they might like.  Therefore over the next week the School Council will be visiting each class to ask them to think about what they might like and add them to the Pupil Voice display before the School Council meet again on Monday 28th January.  Be sure to check back next week for more updates!

 

Week Commencing – 14.01.19 - London’s Deputy Mayor visits Park Walk!

 

On Wednesday 16th March the Deputy Mayor of London, Joanne McCartney visited Park Walk to recognise the work Park Walk has been doing with the London Healthy Schools programme. Joanne visited many classrooms and had several conversations with pupils about how Park Walk supports children to develop their health and wellbeing. She was able to observe Nursery engaging in a healthy eating around fruit, Year 6 learning about peer pressure and good friendship as well as observe Year 4 engaging with a pupil voice activity.

 

One of her main focuses for the morning was to meet with some of the School Council to see how Park Walk promotes opportunities for children to have their say and their voice heard.  She discussed with them their roles within the school; how they got to be in that role, what they have to do to be successful, how they make decisions, what they have achieved as well as how their role has helped developed their confidence.

 

Joanne and her team thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Park Walk and commented on how the children were eloquent, confident and enthusiastic and they were all particularly impressed with their ability to speak confidently and answer questions with such well-considered responses.

 

Joanne and her team concluded the morning by stating that it is very clear that Park Walk highly values the children’s voice and puts it at the heart of what they do.

 

Below are some photos from the morning.

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing – 28.01.19

 

Today the School Council met to discuss the ideas that they had gathered from the pupil voice display about what wet play games each class might like.  The children shared the ideas from each class. Below are some of the ideas suggested from each of the classes.

 

Year 1 - Guess Who, Frustration, Snakes and Ladders, Table Football, Jenga

Year 2 - Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, Sewing activities, Who am I

Year 3 - Ludo, Monopoly, Building Games, Who am I?, Dobble

Year 4 - Chess, Lego, Rubix Cubes, Jenga, Playing Cards

Year 5 - Maths games, Chess, Frustration, Kinetic Sand

Year 6 - Twister, Uno, Colouring Books, Spiro-graph

 

The School Council decided that where classes suggested the same items or games it would be better to order something different for each class so that classes could swap items/games during the school year.

 

After discussing the ideas suggested; what they thought were good ideas and what ideas they thought weren't as good the children decided that next week they would use their meeting to look in catalogues and online to research the cost of different items.

 

Week Commencing – 04.02.19

 

Today the School Council met to research all the items suggested by the other classes for the wet play games and activities they would like in their classes.  They split into small groups to research the different ideas for each year group using catalogues and Ipads.  The children listed prices and discussed the items and their cost.  They discussed the pros and cons of each item before deciding on the final items they wanted to be ordered. They then drew up a final list of items which they gave to Mrs Chatir, who will be ordering them by the end of this week. Check back next week to see the final list of items that have been ordered.

 

Week Commencing – 11.02.19

After extensive research and much deliberation the School Council's final list for wet play games for each class to be ordered is:

 

Year 1:  Jenga, Snakes and Ladders, Guess Who? and Chase Escape

Year 2: Snakes and Ladders, Dobble, Frustration, Headbanz

Year 3: Dobble, Headbanz, Ludo, Lexicon card game

Year 4: Drafts, Chess, Lexicon card game, Playing cards

Year 5: Chess, Frustration, WHOT card game, Lexicon card game

Year 6: Twister, Chess, Uno, Lexicon card game

   Mrs Chatir will order these this week and hopefully they will be with us after half term.  Check back after half term for any updates!

 

Spring Term 2

Week Commencing – 04.03.19

 

Today the School Council met to discuss their next fundraising event of Comic Relief, a UK based charity, which strives to create a just world, free from poverty.  The children spent some time learning more about this charity and what it raises money for.  They then created a mind map of ideas of how Park Walk could fundraise and raise money for Comic Relief this year.  After some discussion, the children settled on two ideas. 

 

Therefore, on Friday 15th March all the children and staff of Park Walk will be able to come dressed in red for a small donation of £1 which they will give to their class teachers in the morning.

 

As well as this, from 3.15pm - 3.45pm on the afternoon of Friday 15th March the School Council will be running a cake sale for the children and their families to come and purchase a sweet treat.

 

The School Council decided that in order for their cake sale to be a success they would need to kindly ask for donations of cakes and biscuits for them to sell at our cake sale on Friday 15th March.  Therefore the School Council ensured that they wrote something in the Newsletter so all the children and their families were aware of the upcoming event.     

 

Week Commencing – 11.03.19

 

Today the School Council did not have a formal meeting instead they led an assembly for the other children to share with them what Comic Relief is; what is does as a charity and where the money goes, both in the UK and internationally.  They shared with them some statistics as well as some videos to inspire the children to want to support Comic Relief.  As well as this, they outlined to the children what was happening on Friday and how they could get involved. 

 

The School Council also made some posters and put them up around school so that the event was well advertised to the children and their families. 

 

The School Council are excited about their upcoming event and look forward to raising lots of money.  Check back soon to see how the event went and how much money was raised for Comic Relief!    

 

Week Commencing – 18.03.19

 

Last Friday (15.03.19) the School Council hosted their Comic Relief Fundraiser.  Park Walk was a sea of red with so many children dressed in their red clothes to show their support for Comic Relief.  The School Council team then led another hugely successful cake sale where they were busy selling many delicious cakes and sweet treats that had been kindly donated by the children, parents and staff.  It was great to see all the children and their families showing their support for Comic Relief. A charity which helps poor disadvantaged people in the UK and some of the world’s poorest communities.  With the support of the office, the children have spent time counting the all the money and can reveal that the total amount to be donated to Comic Relief this year is £528.84. A really fantastic amount which we are certain will help make a difference to some of the people in the UK and around the world who are less fortunate than ourselves.  Thank you to everyone in helping us raise this money!  Here is a photo of some of the School Council busy counting all the money that was raised.

   

 

Week Commencing – 25.03.19

 

WET PLAY GAMES UPDATE! The new wet play games for each class have now been delivered.  The School Council spent their meeting today sorting out the games into piles for each year group.  They then discussed what they thought was important to talk to each class about when distributing the games.  The children agreed that the two representatives from each class would deliver the wet play games to their classrooms next week but before they gave them to the class they would have a discussion with them.  They decided that they would talk to the children about why it is important to treat our new games with respect and how we can do that as a class.  They also decided that they would come up with a way to ensure that the games were well looked after and kept in a safe place. 

Now that the new wet games have been sorted - the children will spend next week delivering the games to their classes.

 

The School Council are pleased with the new wet play games and are confident that they will help to make wet play more fun and calm.  Below is a reminder of the games that each class will be receiving

 

Year 1:  Jenga, Snakes and Ladders, Guess Who? and Chase Escape

Year 2: Snakes and Ladders, Dobble, Frustration, Headbanz

Year 3: Dobble, Headbanz, Ludo, Lexicon card game

Year 4: Drafts, Chess, Lexicon card game, Playing cards

Year 5: Chess, Frustration, WHOT card game, Lexicon card game

Year 6: Twister, Chess, Uno, Lexicon card game

 

Week Commencing - 01.04.19

 

Today the two representatives from each class delivered the new wet play games to their classrooms.  They talked to their class about why it is important to treat our new games with respect and how we can do that as a class.  They also come up with a way to ensure that the games were well looked after and kept in a safe place.  All the classes seemed excited by their new games and are looking forward to playing with them.  Below are a few photos of the children delivering their games and talking to their classes.

 

Summer Term 1

Week Commencing - 29.04.19

This week the School Council met to discuss their next fundraising event.  The children began the meeting by having a reflection on what they have achieved so far this year.  They all agreed that they were pleased with what they had achieved for various different charities over the year.  They therefore decided that their next fundraising event would be raising money for our school.  The children began to mind map potential ideas that they had for how they might achieve this.  However, they agreed that in order to get an accurate idea of what all the children across the whole school might like to do in order to raise money for our school they would ask them to put their ideas on to the Pupil Voice display before the School Council meet again.  The School Council will then collect their ideas and discuss them at their next meeting on Monday 13th May.  Be sure to check back for more updates!

 

 

Week Commencing -13.05.19

This week the School Council met to discuss all the suggestions they had collected from the pupil voice display for what the School Council’s next fundraiser should be to raise money for our school.  The children had a long discussion about the ideas and weighed up the pros and cons of many of the ideas.  However, the idea they liked the most and the idea that was suggested several times was to host a disco.  The School Council members then spent the rest of the meeting planning the logistics of the event, the date, time and cost.  The School Council will therefore be selling the tickets at the end of the day next week and you will also be able to purchase a ticket from the office.  The children will be able to come into school dressed in their own clothes that day so that they are ready for the disco. If your child decides not to attend the disco, then they can also come in their own clothes for the day but bring a donation of £1.   

Below is all the key information for the event:

Date: Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Time:

-Nursery, Reception and Year 1: 3:30pm – 4:15pm

-Year 2 and Year 3: 4:20pm – 5:20pm

-Year 4 and Year 5: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Cost: £3 for ticket, glow stick and bag of sweets and drink.  

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