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School Council Achievement Report 2017

 

Our school councillors this year have done a fantastic job!

They have been mature and responsible throughout, really demonstrating all of our Highfield values. The children have acted as advocates for their peers, listening to their suggestions and discussing their feasibility.


Their journey started in September, when each child gave a speech explaining why they would be a good fit for the role. After being elected by their class, the school councillors were lucky enough to enjoy a visit to Parliament, where they had a tour and learnt more about democracy in the UK. They put their deeper understanding of British values to use in their discussions during our monthly meetings, making sure they showed respect for the beliefs of their peers.


In October, the school councillors had a chance to meet with a representative from the NSPCC to discuss fundraising ideas. They thought carefully and considered many options, and eventually chose to have a dance-a-thon for the whole school to raise money. This was a huge success and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely, raising lots of money for a great cause in the process.


In November, representatives from Nourish, our catering company, came to speak to the school councillors to get some feedback on our school lunches. The councillors had previously spoken to their classes and came prepared with their peers’ thoughts and suggestions on how to make our lunches even better. The representatives were very impressed with the children’s thoughtful suggestions and they were happy to make changes and improvements to better meet the needs of our school.


In January, school council launched a travel safety poster competition as a response to suggestions from children about improving road safety around our school. They explained in assembly the need for pedestrians and drivers to use the roads with caution, and encouraged their peers to think carefully and make good safety choices when coming to and leaving school.


In March, the school councillors researched new playground equipment to look for suitable games to be installed on the playground. With the help of one of our governors, they considered the options carefully and tried to make sure that their choices appealed to as many children as possible. We were very grateful for their good suggestions.


In May, the councillors gave more detailed feedback on the pupil voice survey. They spoke on behalf of their peers and were able to discuss the survey questions at length, giving us a better understanding of their feelings about school life. Their thoughtful comments gave us a lot to think about and helped shape our plans for continuing to improve Highfield next year.

In all that they have done this year, the school councillors have been fantastic ambassadors for Highfield. They have gained a lot from their experiences and they will be able to use the skills they have developed in future. Thank you to all the children who have taken on the role this year.

 

July 2016

 

School Council update - here are some of our achievements and thanks for this year:
⦁    School Values and IPC learning goals
⦁    Ideas for toilets – proposal for a government grant which was unfortunately declined in favour of repairing the school roof.
⦁    Sports mascot - Owl
⦁    Auditing current wet play games
⦁    Ordering new games for wet play, with the chairman of the PTA.
⦁    EU referendum – Ms Schymyck presented the plans for the whole school voting day and the responsibilities for school council
⦁    Mr Patterson concluded that a Bike Shelter is going to be too expensive.  However Bromley Council are running a scheme where there is a grant available for bike and scooter storage which might be an option for us.  49 children said they would ride to school regularly if we had a bike shelter to store their bike securely.
⦁    Better book corners – Miss Allison is going to be ordering new furniture for these next term.

 

 

Sept 2016

Our new school council has already been working hard this term to consider our school values.  The school councillors met last month to discuss the current values and agreed that fewer values would be more effective in terms of the children remembering them and applying them to their daily lives.  

A school-wide vote determined which values to focus on throughout the year.  Many of the values overlapped so it was relatively easy to define them into 6 core values - one per half term.  The list then went to a staff consultation and the collaborative list of school values was finalised.  Do please promote the school values with your child, especially focusing on the specific value per half term.

 
Term
Value
Autumn 1
Respect
Autumn 2
Creativity
Spring 1
Honesty
Spring 2
Responsibility
Summer 1
Determination
Summer 2
Appreciation

  • Highfield Junior School,
  • South Hill Road,
  • Shortlands,
  • Bromley,
  • Kent,
  • BR2 0RL,
  • 0208 460 25 97
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