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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.

 

Week Commencing -20.05.19 

On Wednesday 22nd May, the School Council hosted the disco for all the children in the school, in order to raise money for our school.  All the children that attended the disco appeared to have a great time chatting to their friends, dancing to some of their favourite tunes and showing off some of their best moves.  The School Council commented on how great it was to see so many children attending the disco and enjoying themselves.  Thank you for all your support in making this such a successful event.  The money collected is still being counted, but be sure to check the School Council board soon to find out the total money raised as well as to see some photos of the children having fun at the disco. UPDATE: We raised a grand total of £400 for our school from the school disco - what a great amount of money which we will be able to put towards something in our school. 

 

Summer Term 2

Week Commencing - 03.06.19

This week the School Council met to begin planning and organising their next event, the Summer Fair.  They discussed the stalls they liked from last year and would like to see again next year as well as any other new ones they might like to have.  Over the next few weeks they will be finalising arrangements and getting things ready for the Fair.  However, in the meantime below are the donations they have asked for over the next few weeks to help make our Summer Fair a success.  

Friday 14th JuneThe children can come to school in their own clothes and in return the children should bring in new a Gift.

Suggestions – small games, puzzles, outdoor play equipment, stationery packs, toys, Lego set, new books (think of something your child would like to receive as a gift).  THESE SHOULD BE NEW – as they will be prizes for the tombola.

 

The children love the sweet cup tombola and have asked for that stall again. We will give out the cups the week beginning Monday 17th June so the children will have the week to fill them up with goodies and bring them back. 

Friday 21st June = Bring back your filled up Cup Day. Suggestions – wrapped sweets (no nuts), small toys or stationery.  

 

Other things you can collect and bring to school anytime:

Second Hand Books and Toys

Do you have any books at home that you have read? Or any toys you no longer use or play with? We are going to have a second hand book stall for children and adults and a second hand toy stall for children.

RAFFLE

Do you or have friends who work in a shop or for a company who might donate a prize for our school raffle? Miss Caldwell has a letter you can collect from school to ask for donations if you would like it.

 

The School Council really appreciate all your support in making our Summer Fair a great afternoon.

 

Week Commencing - 10.06.19

Today the children met to finalise the stalls they wanted to have at Park Walk’s Summer Fair 2019.  As a team they drew out a big map of the playground and began plotting on it where each stall was going to be.  They then began discussing prices for different stalls as well as potential prizes.  After this, they began making posters to attach to each of the stalls, they will complete these next week.  As well as this, on Thursday, the Year 6 representatives will be walking down the Kings Road to ask local businesses if they can kindly donate any prizes to our raffle.  The children are beginning to get very excited about the Summer Fair and are sure it is going to be a great event. 

 

Just a reminder of how you can help in the upcoming weeks:

The children love the sweet cup tombola and have asked for that stall again. We will give out the cups on Monday 17th June so the children have the whole week to fill them up with goodies and bring them back.  Friday 21st June = Bring back your filled up Cup Day. Suggestions – wrapped sweets (no nuts), small toys or stationery.  

 

Other things you can collect and bring to school anytime:

Second Hand Books and Toys

Do you have any books at home that you have read? Or any toys you no longer use or play with? We are going to have a second hand book stall for children and adults and a second hand toy stall for children.

RAFFLE

Do you or have friends who work in a shop or for a company who might donate a prize for our school raffle? Miss Caldwell has a letter you can collect from school to ask for donations if you would like it.

 

The School Council really appreciate all your support in making our Summer Fair a great afternoon.

 

Week Commencing - 17.06.19

Today the School Council met to continue making the posters to attach to each stall at the summer fair.  The Year 6 School Council representatives also shared with the rest of the School Council what they had collected as raffle prizes so far.  They will continue to collect prizes this week.  Another thing the School Council did today was deliver the cups to each class so that the children can take them home to be filled for the cup tombola stall.  Children will have the whole week to fill them up with goodies and bring them back on Friday 21st June.  Suggestions – wrapped sweets (no nuts), small toys or stationery.  

 

Other things the School Council would greatly appreciate your support with:

Second Hand Books and Toys - 

Do you have any books at home that you have read? Or any toys you no longer use or play with? We are going to have a second hand book stall for children and adults and a second hand toy stall for children.

 

RAFFLE

Do you or have friends who work in a shop or for a company who might donate a prize for our school raffle? Miss Caldwell has a letter you can collect from school to ask for donations if you would like it.

 

The School Council really appreciate all your support in making our Summer Fair a great afternoon.

 

Week Commencing - 01.07.19

Last Friday Park Walk held its annual Summer Fair and what a success it was!  A huge well done to the School Council for all their hard work in organising and preparing for the afternoon, as well as the Year 6’s for excellently running each stall on the day.   Not only did you help to ensure the afternoon ran smoothly but you ensured that everyone who attended had a lovely afternoon full of Summer fun.  It was lovely to see so many children enjoying themselves with their families and visiting the range of stalls.  It was also great to see the children enjoying two of the new stalls we had this year the bouncy castle and the VRS.

 

A big thank you for all the donations made by parents, carers, staff, governors and local businesses in the lead up to the fair, such donations really help to make our School fair's a great event for the children.  We are still busy counting the total amount raised but we are confident it will be an amount that will really help make a difference to our school.  Below are some photos from the afternoon.

 

 

 

Week Commencing - 08.07.19

UPDATE - The total raised from Park Walk's Summer Fair 2019 was £1318 a fantastic amount which will really help to make a difference to our school. Well done and thank you to all who helped make this event such a success! 

 

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