What is School Council?
Here at Queen Emma Primary School, we believe it is very important for all children to have a voice and feel as though their views and opinions matter. Our School Council is in place so that pupils have a voice and are involved in decisions about the school that affect them. They also play a crucial role in school improvement.
Each class, from Year 1 to Year 6, have selected two children who will listen to and represent the views and concerns of other pupils. Weekly class council assemblies ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to raise issues, share ideas and take part in discussions that involve all of their classmates in reaching a shared solution. Wider issues that arise in class council assemblies are then brought to regular School Council meetings. This ensures that as many pupil voices as possible are heard. Once the issues have been shared and discussed by the School Council, the School Council leaders will share the ideas and possible solutions with members of the school leadership team.
In addition to attending regular meetings to share the views of their peers, the School Council are also involved in a wide variety of activities throughout the year. Each year, the School Council organises and runs a variety of school wide events to raise money for their chosen charity. In the past, these events have included a ‘Wacky Hair’ day, ‘Teacher Swap’ sessions and a sponsored Readathon. More details will follow soon about this year’s chosen charity and special events.
School Council representatives
Please meet our School Council representatives for the first half of this year:
Dolphin Class – Tegan and Johan
Seahorse Class – Xavier and Sarmika
Penguin Class – Megan and Felix
Polar Bear Class – Yunyoung and Catherine
Macaw Class – Rose and Ciaran
Toucan Class – Junior and Manon
Falcon Class – Eva and Piotrek
Kestrel Class – Nadin and Antonio
Giraffe Class – Leonard and Claudia
Zebra Class – Tyler and Yasmin
Jaguar Class – Junyan and Gabriela
Panther Class – Joshua and Grace
The School Council have been busy planting trees outside as part of our outdoor project! They chose where to plant each tree and worked as a team to dig a special type of hole, plant the tree and wrap around the protectors. We look forward to seeing them grow!
Our Chosen Charity for 2018 – 2019
In the first half of Autumn term, Mrs Wyard talked to the School Council about a special project that she is involved with in Uganda. Mrs Wyard is part of a team that is working together to build a new primary school in Kabanyoro, Nyakabungo, Uganda. The school will be called Obunto School.
The only local primary school is currently run down, with crumbling walls and no doors and windows.
Most schools in Uganda are old-fashioned, date back to the Victorian times and are unsuitable for the way children learn today. Normally there are between 60 to 100 children in each class and the children sit in rows, learning facts off by heart, repeating after the teacher. They cannot take part in group activities and are usually not allowed to ask questions!
The new school plan…
There is a plan in place to build a brand new primary school. The school will be built using local materials by the local people. The children will be in classes of 40 and will be encouraged to take part in active learning experiences and ask and answer questions. An outdoor learning area will be available too. The children will be learning about farming, fisheries, lifecycles and how to grow healthy vegetables.
We will be creating an exciting partnership between Queen Emma and Obunto School and will be able to find out about life for Ugandan children, exchange ideas, artwork and letters.
We have decided that we would like to help Mrs Wyard with this exciting venture. Throughout the year we will be organising a range of events to raise money to be able to support the school in buying a clean water supply, tables and chairs and lots of books!
One of the areas that we would like to develop and improve this year in our own school, are the resources in our playgrounds. In addition to helping Mrs Wyard, we would also like to raise money to help us buy a friendship bench and some football goalposts for our KS2 playground.
Exciting updates from Uganda…
We were very excited to see some new photographs that have been sent to us from Uganda and to hear that the foundations for the first classroom have been completed. Mrs Wyard and members of the school council shared the photographs in assembly on Monday 19th November.
A short ceremony took place with members of the school and local community before all the hard work began. Children from the village helped members of the school community to break the ground for the very first time.
The school site was measured very carefully. Lots of people worked together to dig the foundations with hoes. The foundations for the first classroom are complete! We can’t wait to see photographs of the next stages.
New House Captains are appointed…
Following in the formidable footsteps of last year’s first ever house captains, eight Year 6 pupils have been chosen to lead our four houses of Franklin, Hawking, Newton and Darwin. We look forward to seeing the positive contribution and impact that our new House Captains make this year!
Franklin captains think they’ll be good at motivating their team and encouraging their house to always try their best. One of Franklin’s leaders is passionate about animals and the other enjoys all kinds of sport.
Captains for Hawking said, “We would like our house members to be loyal and hard working.” Both Hawking house captains love all kinds of sport, with tennis being one of their favourites!
Luckily, Newton captains have provided some interesting information to help you get to know them better. One of them has hidden tai-kwon-do skills, whilst the other is an amazing pianist. The leaders explained that they will do their best to make Newton a friendly, caring and supportive house this year.
Leaders for Darwin believe they have a passion for perseverance and will always try and keep spirits high in their house. One house captain described them self as being kind and encouraging – great qualities for a house captain to have, whilst the other plays football for Histon FC and is a lover of maths and grammar!
Scholastic Book Fair
Come and support the house captains as they organise one of their first events of the year.
The Scholastic Book Fair will be visiting school again from Wednesday 14th November to Tuesday 20th November. Last year, as a direct result of sales from the book fair, we raised over £800. This helped us to create a range of author collections for our KS1 and KS2 libraries.
Come and join us again this year and browse the wide selection of books available.