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School Council Updates 2019-2020

 

        School Council Updates    

Autumn Term Updates

Week Commencing - 23.09.19

Today the School Council met for their first meeting of the year. It was the first time the children had met as a group so the meeting began with the children introducing themselves to one another and sharing one thing they were looking forward to.  The children then began discussing what the school council is and what school council representatives do.  They then discussed why a school council is important.  

 

They then moved on to establishing a set of ground rules that they would each follow during each of the meetings (A copy of these is below). To complete their first meeting they discussed their goals for the year as the new School Council for 2019-2020 and each recorded their own goal to put on display in the School Council room. 

Week Commencing - 30.09.19

Today the School Council met for the second time and discussed further all the things they were looking forward to about being a School Council member as well as some of the ideas they already had for the School Council this year.  They then each completed a speech bubble which will go next to their faces on a display in the School Council room to share with the school their number one thing they are most looking forward to this year.  Next week, the children will begin to think about and come up with ideas for their first fundraiser of the year.  Check back next week to see what they come up with!  

 

Week Commencing - 07.10.19

Today the School Council met for the third time this term to begin to discuss their first fundraiser of the year.  They discussed that enrichment week was coming up next week and thought it would be nice to link the fundraiser to aspirations week.  After a rich discussion they decided that next Friday (18.10.19) the children of Park Walk would be able to leave their uniform at home for the day and come to school dressed as a job or profession they would like to have when they are older for a small donation of £1.  They decided that all the money collected from the dress up day will be donated to Barnardo's.  Barnardo's being a children's charity which supports, protects and helps nurture some of the UKs most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.  The School Council believe this to be a really worthy cause and hope that you will support them in dressing up as 'who you would like to be' and donate a £1 to raise money for this fantastic charity.  

 

Week Commencing - 14.10.19

Today the School Council met to discuss their upcoming fundraiser.  They recapped the plan of the children coming in dressed as a job or profession they would like to have and the charity they are raising money for.  They then discussed ways to ensure that the event was well advertised and to ensure that all our families and children are aware it is happening.  They recognised that it was in last Friday’s newsletter but decided that they also wanted to design posters to put around school to remind the children of Park Walk of the event.  They then spent the remaining meeting time creating and distributing posters around the school.  They also agreed that a text should be sent to parents/carers on Thursday afternoon as one final reminder to all of our families.  In addition, they have also planned to gather envelopes to give to each of the class teachers to collect the money donated from their classes next Friday.  Class teachers will then be able to give this to the office who will support the School Council in counting it to see the total amount raised for Barnado’s children's charity. 

 

Once again, the School Council really believe this to be a very worthy cause and hope that you will support them in dressing up as 'who you would like to be' and donate a £1 to raise money for Barnado’s children’s charity.  

 

Week Commencing - 28.10.19

Today the School Council met for their first meeting of Autumn Term 2.  They began by thinking about ways in which they can support and help the community. The children recognised that the Poppy Appeal is fast approaching.  The Poppy Appeal being the Royal British Legion's biggest fundraising campaign which raises money to support the armed forces community.  The School Council decided that they would like the school to play a part in this and therefore Miss Hunt has ordered some boxes.  The School Council will begin selling poppies from next week for a small donation of £1.  Poppies will also be available in the office for you to purchase.  If you would like to buy a poppy don't forget to grab it before Remembrance Day on 11.11.19 which marks the day World War One ended and remembers the people who died in wars.            

 

Update: The money donated on the ‘who you would like to be’ dress up day during aspirations week has been counted and we can reveal that the total money raised for Barnado's children's charity was £119.30.  A great amount which I am sure will help make a difference to some of the UKs most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. 

 

Week Commencing - 4.11.19

Today the School Council met for their second meeting of Autumn Term 2.  The School Council’s focus for today’s meeting was the upcoming Children in Need Appeal Week.  The children began the meeting by discussing the charity and what it raises money for.  They then reflected on what we did as a school last year to raise money for this charity and began thinking about ideas they had for fundraising this year.  They then all agreed that before they made a decision on how to raise money they would take into consideration ideas from children across the school.  Therefore, each of the School Council representatives went back to their classes and asked them to come up with six ideas for fundraising for Children in Need and add them to the pupil voice display by Wednesday 5th November. 

 

The School Council will then meet later this week to read and review the ideas suggested and make a final decision on how Park Walk will raise money for Children in Need this year.  The School Council are eager to make this a successful event to ensure they can contribute in helping many of the disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.  Be sure to check back at the end of the week to find out their final decision!

 

Update: The School Council met today (Thursday 7th November) and reviewed all the ideas suggested on the Pupil Voice display from children across the school.  After a democratic vote, the School Council have decided that this year to raise money for Children in need, on Friday 15th November the children will be able to come to school dressed as “something beginning with the first letter of their name” for a small donation of £1. 

 

As well as this, they will also be hosting a cake and coffee afternoon on Thursday 14th November from 2.45pm in the lower hall.  Parents/carers will be able to come and enjoy a cuppa and a slice of cake and then at the end of the school day, once the children have been collected they will be able to come in and purchase some cakes to take away.  In order to make our cake and coffee afternoon a success we are kindly asking for donations of cakes and biscuits for us to sell.  Please bring in any cake and biscuit donations from the week beginning Monday 11th November. (Please remember no nuts in the cakes or biscuits).

 

Week Commencing - 11.11.19

Today some of the School Council met to discuss the events coming up this week for Children in Need.  They discussed logistics for Thursday as well as agreed on some reminders that would go out to parents and children before the cake and coffee afternoon on Thursday and the dress up day on Friday.  They then spent the remaining time designing posters to advertise the cake and coffee afternoon to the parents.

 

The School Council are eager to raise as much money as they can for Children in Need.   Therefore, they are still kindly asking for donations of cakes and biscuits to sell at the cake and coffee afternoon to be brought in before Thursday PM.  As well as this, they are hoping that as many children will get creative and come in on Friday dressed as "something beginning with the first letter of their name" for a small donation of £1. The School Council really appreciate your support with this.

 

Week Commencing - 18.11.19

Today the School Council met to begin planning the Christmas 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.  They then all agreed that before they made a final decision on the stalls for the Christmas Fair this year they would like to take into consideration the ideas and opinions from children across the school.   Therefore, each of the School Council representatives went back to their classes and asked them to come up with six stalls they would like to see this year at our Christmas Fair and add them to the pupil voice display by Friday 22nd November.  The School Council will then review the suggestions and ideas before making a final decision in their next meeting on Monday 25th November.  Be sure to check back soon for more updates about our Christmas Fair. 

 

However, in the meantime they would greatly appreciate your support with some of the following to make our fair a great success:

  • Friday 22nd November – Bring in a filled cup of sweets or treats – Cups went home with your child on Friday.
  • Thursday 28th November – Bring in a new gift – this will be a non-uniform day

Suggestions - children’s stationery packs, novelty items, candles, picture frames, hat, gloves and scarves, small toys. These will be used for a children’s tombola. Please don’t wrap it up.

  • Monday 2nd December – Bring in any 2nd hand books or toys
  • Friday 6th December – Come and join in the fun at the fair - 2.00pm onwards (timings and details to follow)

The School Council will also be visiting local businesses over the next couple of weeks to ask for donations of prizes for our Christmas raffle stall.  If you, or you know anyone who would be kind enough to donate a raffle prize for our fair then please come and let us know – we would greatly appreciate it!

            Week Commencing - 25.11.19

Today the School Council met to continue planning the Christmas Fair.  They began by reviewing all the ideas that had been suggested by each class on the pupil voice display for what stalls we should have this year at the Christmas Fair.  After weighing up the pros and cons for each of the ideas suggested they made a final decision and drew up a map of all the stalls and where they would be laid out in the hall.  They then put together a list of all the things that would be needed for each of the stalls and what might need to be ordered for some of the stalls before next Friday.   They then spent the second half of the meeting preparing posters for each of the stalls.  They will continue to prepare these during next week’s meeting.

 

The School Council are extremely excited about the Christmas Fair and are hoping it will be a great afternoon.  They would still very much appreciate your support with the following:

 

  • Monday 2nd December – Bring in any 2nd hand books or toys.
  • If you, or you know anyone who would be kind enough to donate a raffle prize for our Christmas fair then please come and let us know – we would greatly appreciate it since this is one of the most popular stalls at the fair!            

 

Week Commencing - 02.12.19

Today the children met to complete their posters and to finalise the last minute arrangements for Park Walk’s Christmas fair.  They also put together the following to go in Thursdays newsletter:

 

Friday 6th December is Park Walk’s Christmas Fair!

 Below are the timings of the fair, parents and carers who are able to come early please collect your child from the following areas:

2.00 - 2.30pm – Nursery and Reception only (Collect from Reception Classroom door)

2.30pm –- Year 1, 2 and 3 (Collect from Nursery Classroom door)

2.45pm onwards – Year 4, 5 and 6 (Collect from office)

The fair will also continue after school so you can also collect your child at the normal time of 3.30pm from the normal place on the playground and head into the fair together.

 

The School Council are looking forward to seeing as many of you there as possible!

 

 Week Commencing - 09.12.19

Last Friday Park Walk held its annual Christmas Fair and what a success it was!  The School Council worked extremely hard 

to organise and prepare for the afternoon, as well as to run each stall on the day.  Not only did they help ensure

the afternoon ran smoothly but they ensured that everyone who attended had a lovely afternoon full of Christmas cheer. 

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. It was a really super afternoon for all the

children, families and staff.  We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.  After the event, the office staff counted

the money and we can reveal that we managed to raise a total of £972.50. What a fantastic amount of money which we are sure

will help make a difference to our school.  In January the School Council will meet and discuss how they might like to spend

this money.

Spring Term Updates

Week Commencing – 20.01.20

Today the School Council met and began their meeting by discussing the total amount of money raised from the Christmas Fair.  They discussed in groups their initial ideas for what they might like to spend some of the money.  They then decided that the best use of the money would be to spend it on equipment to enhance the new areas of the playground.  As a group they then generated their initial ideas for new equipment and recorded them on sugar paper.  They then decided that they would put the question of ‘What equipment could we have to enhance the new areas of the playground?’ on to the pupil voice display and ask each class to add their ideas by next week.  The School Council will then meet again next week to discuss and consider the ideas generated. 

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