All the officiers have been voted in with another secret ballot and now taking on their duties. The chair ran the first meeting with our guest Mrs Jackie Walters a Marhamchurch Parish Councillor. School Council.
We compared our council to the parish council and it is almost the same! We want to make our school an even better place and Mrs Walters wants to make Marhamchurch parish a better place as well. We are going to help with the Marhamchurch Development Plan.
We walked in school and in the school grounds. Looking to see if there was anything we noticed could make our school better,
We now have our school council for this school year! The elections were held during the week starting 2nd October. All canditates read their own manifesto. We had a secret ballot and every child in classes 2, 3 ,4 and 5 marked their 'cross' on a ballot paper. (Class 1 will have their election later in the year.) The council was announced in celebration assembly on Friday 6th October.
This was held Tuesday 10th October. A welcome and an introduction to the new councillors roles. Here is a picture of us throwing and catching bean bags. We started with one, then built up to ten. We learnt by doing this we can deal with one or two ideas well. If there are too many ideas it does not work.
As the school year starts another school council will be elected. Anyone can stand for election; two councillors per class.
To begin with year 6 will represent Class 1 until they hold their own election later in the Autumn term. All you need to do is complete your own manifesto - which you can find here! State the qualities you have to represent your class and any ideas you can realistically do to make our school an even better place!
Week commencing 4th September 2017- manifestos will be available to be completed.
Friday 29th September 2017 - DEADLINE for completed manifestos. Please display them in your class.
Week commencing 2nd October 2017 - elections in class by secret ballot.
Friday 6th October 2017 - announcement of new council in celebration assembly.
Monday 9th October 2017 - first school council meeting.
Summer 2017 The Final Term
Talent Show 2017
We had a wonderful show. So many talented children! From magic tricks, football skills, tennis skills, singing, gymnastics to dance. Our judges had a challenge on their hands! The school gymnastics club did a wonderful display and the surprise secret act was Amanda Rice who comes into school to teach woodwind.
We finally started this! The PSFA kindly donated money so we could purchase some stock. We used the feedback and surveys we completed in school to buy what we knew everyone would like! We really want the 2017/2018 to carry this on! With our community links with Marhamchurch Village Shop we hope to source our tuck supplies from here.
End of Year Assembly
We reflect on what we have done throughout the year. We have achieved a lot from the 'detective walk' in October, carrying on from the last years school council and pass on 'actions' for the new school council. ANYONE in school can be a councillor for their class.
Plans already for next year.
Spring 2 Term - another update.
After the working party's meetings with Mrs Hockin and Mrs Mead; 'diamond diners' is up and running. Training was given to four councillors, each award diamond tickets every lunch time to children following our Diamond Rules. All tickets are collected and four names are pulled out a hat in Friday Celebration Assembly. They can bring a friend to sit at the diamond diner table. All laid out with a table cloth, special cutlery and plates plus the bonus of being able to be first in the queue for hot diners! This term more councillors will be trained.
Sharing Our Good Practice.
We had a great time visiting St Stephens School in Launceston. We had our picnic lunch together in their meeting room, all councillors got to know each other. We showed our PowerPoint, taking it in turns to talk about each slide. We shared plenty of ideas and we hope to meet up again soon. Sadly Windmill School could not make it but we hope to see them next. time.
We helped Marhamchurch Village Shop by completing questionnaires asking for each child in school their opinion and thoughts about the shop. The shop is in a temporary building and they hope to build a bigger shop in the centre of the village. The feedback we gave will hopefully help them receive the grants they need to do so. We were invited to go to the shop and have a look around. We did fill it up with twelve councillors! The shop may be able to help us with a tuck shop.
We have another working party for the tuck shop. Research was undertaken and we were surprised we have been working on a tuck shop since 2012. We did have a tuck shop briefly but unfortunately it had to stop as our school cook did not have enough time to cook the tuck and the hot school dinners. We are close to starting a new type of tuck shop! Mrs Prinsep our school council governor liked our ideas, the working party now needs to talk to Mrs Mead. hopefully good news next time!
We were not successful in the 'Think Big' competition. This did not dampen our spirits as we thought we could fund raise to get one. We have placed this on our agenda for next term. Our poster is just below - if you would like to have a look.
Up Coming Events
Talent ShowFriday 26th May.
Marhamchurch is bursting full of many talents! School council always organises this great event!
Dates to note -
28th April - deadline for all entries.
2nd May - all week auditions in class.
Autumn and Spring Terms
Elections were held and organised by the Year 6 mentors. We now have a full council.
Detective Walk Update
We now know that we can not sort everything we want to and we need help from adults in school to make our school an even better place. From our walk we noticed we needed benches, all our classes agreed with is when we asked them. They are very expensive! We are now entering a Cornwall Association of Primary Heads, 'Think Big' competition. We could win £500.00 if the judges think a buddy bench would help improve our school.
Diamond Diners - everyone in school wanted this back. It is a treat to have your lunch at a special table. We made a working party who have had a few ideas and next will have a meeting with Mrs Mead and Mrs Hockin.
Other matters we have talked about.
Each class has a school council box which any ideas can be written down so we can talk about it in our meetings.Also other matters that have arisen - here is a list!
Mrs Murphy from the PSFA came to a meeting. She explained what the PSFA do for school. We have been asked to get 'wish lists' for ideas what they can raise money for. We are also helping sell tickets for the Popcorn Film Night.
We were asked by Marhamchurch Village Community Shop for our help. They are trying to build a bigger shop. We asked many questions to our class and wrote down their answers. Our chair took our school's feedback to the shop and soon we will all and visit the shop.
Up Coming events
In March we are going to Launceston to meet school councils at St StephensCommunity Academy and Windmill Hill Academy. We will help them with the PADL Award. We will present a PowerPoint explaining how we run our council, what we have done and what we hope to do.
We have had our elections. Each class has two councillors. The council has had several meetings, we had a 'get to know you' welcome meeting. We all learnt new things about each other.
We all wanted to be one! the chair, secretary or treasurer. We had a secret ballot as there is ten of us and only six officiers. Our first meeting in November we start our duties.
We walked around the whole school - both inside and out. We were deciding if we can make our school and even better place. Our governor came along as well to help. We will be working on our list and what we can achieve over the next few months.
Constitution 2016 - 2017
Please see the document below. We all sign this and is displayed on our class noticeboards and our main board in the hall.
September brings the excitement of a new school council.
A manifesto needs to be completed. These need to be completed and handed to your teacher by 30th September 2016.
There will be class elections with a secret ballot during the week commencing Monday 3rd October. There will be two councillors for each class. The exception is Class 5, they will have four councillors as two will represent then mentor the Class 1/Reception councillors when they have their elections later in the term.
Friday 7th October 2016 the new Marhamchurch School Council will be announced in our 'celebration assembly'. The first meeting will be held Monday 10th October.
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