2017 - 2018 School Council
The councillors have been chosen, but are a bit shy at the mo, and reluctant to have all of their photos on the website.
However, we have had a meeting and have already:
The Secretary is in the middle of sorting out the minutes and they will appear on here, and the Council noticeboard as soon as they are done.
In the Meantime, if you have any questions, thoughts, ideas or anything that you think we should talk about, your councillors are in your classes - give them a nudge!
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent. This is the time that we remember those that fell in the Great War, WWII and other conflicts around the world.
This year, as Armistice Day fell on a Saturday, the School Council, along with others, took time out of their day to pay respects at the Eckington memorial.
Whilst never an 'enjoyable' occasion, it was wonderful to see how our children conducted themselves during the two-minutes silence and the respect they paid to the fallen.
My thanks also go to the mums, dads, grans, granddads and other family members for their efforts in getting the children there.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Extract from For the Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
Got there at last - after many attempts to get this page up-and-running, the Council are live!
Over the coming months and years, this page will be filled with the School Council's hard work, thoughts and decisions on how to make the school a better place (and keep the teachers in check!).
We hope to update it at least once a term, so come back regularly to see what they have been up to.
At the end of last term, we ran a competition for some anti-bullying messages to be turned into signs for display around school.
The decision made took ages as there were so many good ones. Sadly, only four could be chosen, but we got there!
Finally the designs were sent off and they arrived today. Hurrah!
Here are the lucky winners, their signs and their smiles.
They now need to have a nice chat with Mr Wall about where they are going.
Well done girls!
Handwriting Competition Winners
These awards have been put here, under the School Council pages, as recognition for the hard-work the Council have put in to make this happen.
At the start of this term, we ran a competition to look at handwriting in school and to try and raise its profile as a valuable and worthwhile skill.
It started as a competition with a single winners from each year-group and done on a volunteer-basis. However the Council, and in particular KS2, thought that it is a skill everyone should have, and so everyone should submit an entry. One Councillor said, 'Everyone has to enter Sports Day because PE is important, so everyone should enter this too.' I found that very hard to disagree with.
The winners also went from one per year, to two per year, again to try and demonstrate its importance.
The deadline was set, the entries received and then the judged started! To begin with I, as head, did some initial filtering, and then the Council further sorted into a 'yes' and 'no' pile.
Ruthless! That's the word I was looking for! There had a very stringent set of criteria and took no prisoners. Each year group was judged anonymously and fairly - with no class's Councillor judging their own class.
Eventually, with the help of Mrs. Crotty as English leader, the winners were chosen.
Congratulations to the winners - whose work will now form part of our handwriting policy, and they are on display in the hall for all to see. There will also be a selection of runner's-up in the Library, as as well as a number of other pieces around school.
A huge thanks goes firstly to all for entering, as well as you at home for supporting, the teachers for devoting class-time to it, Mrs Crotty for judging, Ms Andrews for the getting the vouchers, and finally to the School Council for everything they have done.
Mr C, Feb 2017