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This year we worked hard to keep the pupil voice profile active. In the Autumn Term we voted for our school charity and set a target to raise £800 for Shelter. We held a pyjama day in February and raised £420. We also worked with the Anti Bullying steering group to make a leaflet on anti bullying and this helped us achieve the Anti Bullying Quality Mark. You can see our leaflet here. We also met with our cross site partners at Hoxton Garden and Southwold, did learning walks of the school and talked about the similarities, differences and improvements to our schools. On site at Orchard we held regular meetings and ran an inspiration station and book corner competition. This year we trialled splitting meetings into KS1 and KS2 focus groups as our school has now fully grown to three forms of entry. Even though the school was closed from March to most pupils, we were still able to support pupil voice through a Year 6 exit survey.
This year we have continued to identify and work on projects. We identified a charity which was the NSPCC and we raised £250. We also held a cross site Debate Competition and drew on the school Debate Team to train pupils in Year 5 to compete. This was a great success. We have also built on the success of matheletics clubs and we ran a Rockstars Club targeting key pupils in Year 3. We also continued our cross site visits and the learning walks have really helped us to identify key things we want to achieve at Orchard. This led to an Inspiration Station and Book Corner competition. Meetings have continued to take place once every two weeks and Year 6 leaders have supported class council meetings in Years 1 and 2.
We were keen to build on the success of our predecessors and make this year successful. We thought carefully about how we made some of the 2016 – 2017 successes sustainable and this meant we continued the charity vote (our chosen charity this year was the RSPCA and we raised £360) , mathletics club and our cross site visits which have continued to be useful and successful. The Mayor of Hackney was invited and attended a meeting and we have continued to campaign for the council to review the Well Street box junction to make this safer. In response to our parent community, we have done work in school on the impact of emissions and put up posters to make people aware of the impact of car fumes on primary school children. To support this further, we teamed up with the Junior Road Safety Officers to run a Stay Bright non uniform day. We also wrote an anti-bullying leaflet to support pupils across the school in their understanding.
You can take a look at our action plan review below.
We were very busy year working on a number of projects in 2016 – 2017. Our matheletics club ran very successfully following applications and support in startup from Mr Siddique, the school maths leader. We also worked hard to cost out the fruit tuck shop and after a successful trial in Summer 1 we made this a successful feature of Summer 2. We raised over £450 for our chosen charity, Cancer Research UK as well! We undertook cross site visits where we completed learning walks, discussed cross site projects and shared our good practice with our peer school councillors! You can take a look at our action plan review below.