The Marden Primary School Council is made up of two children from each class from Year 2 onwards, voted for by their classmates. We meet on average every month to put ideas forward from our classes. Each class has a Class Council meeting to collect the views of pupils which we then take to the main meeting.
Some of the ideas we have worked on in the past have been: choosing each year which charities to support and how to raise money (one local, one national and one global charity); being involved in how to refurbish our wooden play trail; ideas for rewarding good behaviour and work and ideas on how to make break times fun.
School Council Meetings 2017-18:
- Introduction to the School Council: expected behaviour of reps; how meetings are run; taking minutes etc. Advice from last year’s School Council shared.
Charities for the Year were chosen:
National: Children in Need
On Friday 17th November, we will be holding a Bring and Buy Sale after school. The class who raise the most money will win some extra reward time.
World Charity: We wanted to support the fight against malaria through the Sports Relief Charity. This important work helps protect people from malaria by helping fund malaria nets and ensuring that they are distributed and used.
Local: Kent Air Ambulance.
We felt that this was important as this is the last year that the Air Ambulance is going to be based in Marden. We are also aware that several families have had family members helped by this vital service.
Our meeting celebrated that we raised £286.34 for Children in Need. Unicorns Class raised the most money (£66.40) and so win extra reward time. Well done everyone for raising money for our National Charity. The retiring collections from the KS1 and EYFS Nativity and the KS2 Christmas Sing-A-Long will also go towards our charity this term.
We have chosen how to raise money for our World and Local Charities:
- Raising money to fight Malaria (Through Sports Relief) Wear Own Clothes Day (No theme) Minimum donation £1.
Wednesday 21st March
(Please note this date has changed from the date previously advertised, due to the link to Sports Relief now.)
- Kent Air Ambulance: Cake and Craft Sale Tuesday 26th June
We also taked about the questions we will be asking the new Headteacher candidates at the interviews for our new Headteacher. They will be interviewed by our School Council as part of the interview process.
Our meeting discussed ways we could write a report for Governors. We are going to ask each class to record their learning highlights and then put these into a report for Governors.
Gnomes and Pixies were concerned that some pupils run and are noisy in the corridors and the Quiet Areas outside. Each class council talked about why it is important to be quiet and to walk in these places. We decided to create traffic signs in these areas to remind people to walk and be quiet. These will be introduced in an assembly. We also decided to designate a specific area for playing with Beyblades.
As part of the 'Let's Get Better' Project to improve attendance and punctuality, Mrs Dady and Mrs Orford have asked us to talk to our class councils about ideas of how we can reward good attendance and being on time.
All the ideas collected from class councils about rewarding improved attendance and punctuality will be shared with Mrs Dady and Mrs Orford. The School Council's recommendation is that they liked the idea of having a class pet (e.g. a hamster) going to the class with the most improved attendance and punctuality.
We discussed many of the ideas raised by class councils to decide whether they were relevant for the School Council to discuss. We also re-looked at the guidance on whether to take an item to the School Council.
Outcomes of key discussions, which have been shared at a whole school assembly:
- The reasons why Pokemon cards have been banned, which the School Council supported.
- A reminder about sharing and using the Quiet Area respectfully and sensibly.
- A reminder about only eating fruit and vegetables at breaktime. A reminder has also been sent out in the newsletter.
- A reminder about not running down the side of the mobile for reasons of safety.
- A reminder about leaving the table and floor clean and tidy, where you have eaten your lunch.
- A reminder not to take up the whole of the playground with running games, such as Bulldog/ Pole.
- We decided a pass to use the Quiet Area was not needed, as we thought that people should be free to decide to use the Quiet Area flexibly.
We discussed the outcomes of the pupil review of the School's Values. The majority of children agree with the values we have. We also discussed any additional suggestions from classes and voted that we felt 'Creativity' was potentially an additional value which was also important. This will be reviewed alongside the outcomes of the reviews carried out with parents, staff and Governors this year in order to decide the next steps.
We spent the meeting planning our local charity fundraiser for the Kent Air Ambulance. This is a cake and craft sale taking place on Tuesday 26th June at 3pm- 4:15pm.
Each class will run their own stall. We have compiled a list of information, which each class needs to know to prepare for the event.