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Our School Council and Ambassadors are responsible for…
Our School Council meetings are run by the Head Girl and Head Boy, who were elected during Democracy Day in October 2019. Also supporting the Head Girl and Head Boy to lead the School Council, are the Secretary and the Treasurer. Their roles are to take minutes from the meetings and email them out to staff and to the take responsibility for the school council budget for the year.
School Council meetings take place every other week and include time spent listening to feedback from Class Council meetings based on a set agenda and then discussing and sharing ideas. The School Council also decide on items for discussion during the next Class Council meeting and run a number of competitions throughout the year.
Each year, the School Council decide on projects they would like to complete over the school year and create an action plan on how these projects will be implemented and delivered. The School Council also vote on a charity that the school will support and fund raise for over the course of the school year.
Class Council meetings also take place every other week and are run by the Class Councillors from each class. Their discussions are based on the weekly agenda set by the School Council, but also allow each class to raise any other business they think the School Council could discuss and be involved in.
Have a look at our action plan for 2019 – 2020: Orchard School Council Action Plan 2019-2020
Our School Council and our Anti Bullying steering group have made a leaflet about anti-bullying. You can see this here.
As a school, the children have chosen to support Shelter this year as the school charity. The target is £800 and the first event organised by the School Council was Pyjama Day. They raised £420 so are over half way to achieving their target. Thank you to everyone for their donations!
Orchard, Southwold and Hoxton Garden School Councillors come together termly to talk about what they have been up to since their elections and discuss cross site ideas. They also undertake a learning walk of classrooms identifying similarities and differences between the schools. There are always lots of fantastic conversations as a result of the experience.
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.