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Friday 2nd November 2017

Present:

Mr Dickenson, Mykey Smith (Yr3 Crocodiles), Darcee Caruana (Yr3 Alligators), Amber Horan (Yr4 Guppies), Logan Hayes (Yr4 Mackerels), Carly Burrows (Yr 5 Puffins), Charlie Mclauchan (Yr 5 Owls),  Lilli-Mai Young (Yr6 Dolphins), and Richelle Crespin (Yr6 Baboons). Joined by Lauren Wilkinson, Hannah Rodgers and Casey Coles from Year 6.

Review minutes of last meeting:

The council read through minutes of last meeting and agreed they were correct.

Cancer research fundraising ideas ~ presented by LW, HR, and CC:

  • Wear pink (and another colour) day. £1 donation to wear non school uniform and wear pink and (blue). Suggested days on either a Wednesday or a Friday.
  • Charity disco. Children bring own food and drink and a pound donation. SD did advise about food allergies.
  • Cake sale
  • Talent show – Pay to watch.
  • Fun run around the school.
  • Warren River Clean up – Eco teams (not sure how this would be a fundraiser but good for environment and community.)

LH ~ Suggested a survival skills day as a team day event.

Anti-Bullying week – 13th -17th November

SD spoke to council about Anti-Bully week and the Bullying Alliance’s Odd socks day to support “All different , All equal.” Most of the council thought it was a good idea. As it is Children in Need day on the 17th November and PSHE are teaching Anti-Bullying over 2 weeks. It was proposed to host “Odd Sock day on Friday 24th November.

Class matters

CB ~ Puffins have asked if there was anyway pears could be swapped with another choice of fruit.

CB ~ Asked the question of whether or not it would be possible for there to be a sauce bar, like the salad bar, at lunch time.

SD told the council he would pass on questions to Juliette.

The next Council meeting to be held on Friday 15th December.

Minutes - 06/10/2017

Friday 6th October 2017

  • Present:

Mr Dickenson, Marshall Mark Edgehill (Yr3 Crocodiles), Darcee Caruana (Yr3 Alligators), Amber Horan (Yr4 Guppies), Logan Hayes (Yr4 Mackerels), Carly Burrows (Yr 5 Puffins), Charlie Mclauchan (Yr 5 Owls), Lilli-Mai Young (Yr6 Dolphins), and Richelle Crespin (Yr6 Baboons).

  • Class feedback from questions raised in last school council meeting:
  1. Children in need ideas:

Baboon class – Crazy hair day.

Dolphin class – Voting

Alligator class – Dress up day

Crocodiles – pyjamas and activity day

Puffins – Activity day

Owls – Pyjama and activity day

Mackerels – Pyjama and activity day

Most popular – pyjama and activities day.

  1. What do school values mean to our classes?

Democracy:

Baboon class – Everyone happy – playing fair.

Dolphin class – Voting

Crocodiles – Fair votes

Puffins – Discussing and voting, debating and sharing own opinions

Owls – Everyone having a vote, sharing their opinions taking responsibility.

Mackerels – A fair vote – everyone getting a say.

Rules of the law:

Dolphin class – Rules

Crocodiles – Following rules. You get into trouble if you don’t.

Puffins – Following rules and keeping order.

Owls – Following rules and not breaking the law.

Mackerels – Following the rules in school and outside.

Unity:

Dolphin class – Don’t know

Crocodiles – Come together. (Didn’t know much about this.)

Puffins – Everyone groups together. Helping one another. Discussions.

Owls – Work together. Stick together. Share ideas. Teamwork. Communication..

Mackerels – Sharing. Equality. Community. Collaboration. Going together.

Liberty:

Dolphin class – Statue of Liberty

Crocodiles – Enjoy something. (Didn’t know much about this.)

Puffins – No idea.

Owls – City. Stay together. Statue.

Mackerels – Freedom

  1. Raising team identity

Dolphin class – Different types of badges

Crocodiles – Wear your teams colours (maybe socks). Wear your team badge.

Puffins – Make badges and t-shirts. Coloured sweatbands.

Owls – T-shirts, hats, jumpers, stickers.

Mackerels – Wear team colours. Tops with monkeys on. Team letters on t-shirts.

  1. Letter from Mrs Lofting

Mrs Lofting had written a letter to the school council asking them to think about the following during our meeting:

  • Films for film night
  • Ideas for Children in need day (see agenda 1)

The council had a discussion and these were the film suggestions:

  • Finding Dory – U ( although they think we have already had this one.)
  • Addams Family – PG (Halloween)
  • Matilda – PG
  • Harry Potter (only Philosophers stone and chamber of secrets are PG)
  • Bambi – U
  • Ghostbusters (1984 version) – PG (Halloween)
  • Wizard of Oz – U
  • Lego Movie – U
  • The Lego Batman Movie – U
  • Lemony Sniket’s A series of unfortunate events – U
  • The Secret Garden – U
  • A dog’s purpose – PG
  1. Food tasting for Juilette Wood

Juliette wanted to get the school council’s opinion of some breaded chicken she was thinking of introducing to the school menu. The council members loved the new chicken and all agreed it should be included into the menu.

The next Council meeting to be held on Friday 3rd November.

Minutes - 22/09/2017

School Council Minutes

Friday 22nd September 2017

  • Present:

Mr Dickenson, Mykey Smith (Yr3 Crocodiles), Darcee Caruana (Yr3 Alligators), Amber Horan (Yr4 Guppies), Logan Hayes (Yr4 Mackerels), Carly Burrows (Yr 5 Puffins), Charlie Mclauchan (Yr 5 Owls), Lilli-Mai Young (Yr6 Dolphins), and Richelle Crespin (Yr6 Baboons).

  1. Welcoming and role of council:

Mr Dickenson welcomed new council members and explained to them the role of the council; providing the children a voice and giving them a way of having a say on matters concerning them.

  1. Children in Need Day (17/11/17):

The council discussed ideas of what they would like to do to support Children in Need day and raise money.

RC & DC – “Wear pyjamas”.

L-MY – “Wear an item of clothing that has spots or stripes on it.”

LH – “Non school uniform day.”

CB – “No work day. Play games make stuff or colouring

CM – “Wear old clothes”.

Council to go back to classes and find out most popular ideas before next meeting.

  1. School Values:

The council were asked to think about what they thought the School’s Monkey Value words meant to them.

Democracy

CB – “Voting”.

Rule of the Law

CB – “What you can and can’t do.”

LH – “What is legal and not legal.”

CM – “Care for the environment.”

RC – “Queen – Government – Police.”

Unity

No one on the council knew what this word meant.

Liberty

YR 6 – “Statue of Liberty.”

DC – “Values, and our monkeys. Family and what is important to us. Being nice and representing the school.

Council to go back to classes and find out what their classes think these words mean and where possible give examples of what it looks like in their classes before next meeting.

  1. Team Identity:

The council were asked for any ideas about how we could raise the team profile of the monkeys so that everyone knew who was in what team and what that meant.

DC – “Design a sticker that has the team monkey on it in the centre. The sticker would be the colour of the monkey and it could have the value written underneath it”.

CB – “Have more competitions against teams.”

Council to go back to classes to ask if anyone has ideas about raising each teams’ identity.

  1. AOB

L-MY – Wanted to discuss the options of swapping carrots for something else at snack time.

RC – Wanted to discuss the school uniform.

These matters will be discussed at the next Council meeting to be held on Friday 6th October.

Minutes - 31/03/2017

School Council Minutes

Friday 31st March 2017

  • Present:

Mr Dickenson, Lacey-May Hayter (Yr3 Crocodiles), Jay Purse (Yr3 Alligators), Layla Taylor (Yr4 Guppies), Leon Prince (Yr4 Mackerels), Amber Benford (Yr 5 Puffins), Rubie Blackman (Yr6 Dolphins), Alexandra Iacob (Yr6 Baboons).

  1. Review of last meeting minutes:

School council agreed that minutes were correct from the last meeting.

  1. School rules:

The council looked at the rules they had come up with from the last meeting and discussed whether or not they were still meaningful and relevant. School council agrred that bottle flipping and dabbing were just a phase and therefore wasn’t really relevant all year round.

  1. Values:

The council were asked to think about what they thought were important Values for the school. What the school was good at and what as a school we could improve on.

All the council quoted listen, think, learn, and enjoy and the upper KS2 council members remembered the link to the monkeys. Mr Dickenson briefly explained that as a school we need to relaunch the monkeys to celebrate our school values.

What we do well at:-

LT – “Good at teaching. Learning is fun – teachers make it enjoyable.”

AB – “Good learning opportunities – wide range of subjects and topics. Mix up Friday allows us to play with and make different friends.”

AI – “Being here is enjoyable – Teachers have a good sense of humour and you can have a joke and a laugh. People are friendly here and willing to be your friend.”

RB – “Good spread of fun days throughout the year.”

What we can improve on:-

RB- “Teachers have a higher expectation of me than others. I don’t get rewarded for always being good, where others get praised for doing what is expected.”

SD explained it is about supporting all areas of learning including behaviour.

RB – “Fairness. There should be an equal level of expectation.”

AI – “Teamwork. When working in a group it is left to one person and the others mess about.”

RB – “Or you get a dominant leader who does everything and leaves others out.”

The council then debated whether or not teachers should choose who children work with. The council struggled to agree whether they were responsible enough to choose good groups that would help them learn but didn’t want to lose the responsibility of choosing groups.

LT – “Respect. Some children feel they can do what they want and don’t respect who they are working with.”

AB – “Children don’t have the same respect for TA’s as teachers.”

AI – “There shouldn’t be a heirarchy of teachers and then TA’s they all help us learn, but some children don’t see that. They should be respected as much as teachers.”

LP – “Respecting each other – children fight over nothing and it stops learning and the fun. Lots don’t want it.”

AI – “Unrelated topic / work talk should not be in learning time. There are plenty of opportunities to talk out of class time.”

  1. Homeless fundraising:

SD informed the council of Save the Children’s Den day on the 16th June in relation to fundraising for homelessness. Council proposed a team day, non uniform day to have a fun den building day.

  1. AOB

AI raised the question of whether or not it would be possible to have gymnastic mats put out onto the field to create an area for children to do gymnastics on when the field opens.

Minutes - 13/01/2017

School Council Minutes

Friday 13th January 2017

  • Present:

Mr Dickenson, Lacey-May Hayter (Yr3 Crocodiles), Archie Lippiatt-Harrand (Yr3 Alligators), Layla Taylor (Yr4 Guppies), Faith Kenyon (Yr5 Owls), Amber Benford (Yr 5 Puffins), Rubie Blackman (Yr6 Dolphins), Alexandra Iacob (Yr6 Baboons).
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  1. Welcoming and role of council:

Mr Dickenson welcomed new council members and explained to them the role of the council; providing the children a voice and giving them a say on matters concerning them.

  1. School rules:

Each council member shared either their classroom rules or rules they felt the whole school should have. Mr Dickenson wrote them all down on separate pieces of paper and then the council prioritised them in order of importance.

1) These rules are for everyone in the school and we need to follow them.

2) Treat everyone how you wish to be treated. With respect and kindness. Helping one another and listening to each other.

3) Don’t give up – always try your best.

4) Don’t bring the playground back into the classroom.

5) Respect each other’s privacy.

6) Act the same for all the teachers.

7) Have respect for the school and other people’s things.

8) No bottle flipping or dabbing in school

  1. Homeless fundraising:

AB discussed ideas that she and her friends had come up with. Council liked some of the ideas and proposed an idea themselves. The council then took a vote and agreed on having a fundraising charity day with people donating clothes they no longer need and a cake sale. The council also agreed that there should be a class / team challenge of building the best shelter that they can all fit in. Awards would be given for the biggest and quickest built shelter, whether it is waterproof and its durability.

  1. AOB:

  • FK & AB – Would like a review of the cloakrooms and pegs. Not enough space, pegs get broken, coats and bags end up on the floor. A suggestion of cubby holes or alternative storage was raised. Mr Dickenson to raise with Mrs Cooper, Miss Evans, and Mrs Newman.
  • AI – Asked whether the school could become part of the Eco Warriors scheme like her previous school. Mr Dickenson to raise with Mrs Cooper and Mrs Lofting.
  • RB – Had an idea for a team day – A big game team day – Each class or team would have a game like Hide and Seek and teams would move round. Mr Dickenson to pass on to Mrs Cooper and Mrs Lofting.
  • RB – Raised an issue which was agreed by all council members. They would like carrots to be taken of the snack / fruit list and replaced with an alternative. Mr Dickenson has asked council members to go back to class to find out what their classes might prefer. Mr Dickenson to raise with Mrs Cooper and Mrs Wood.
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