At Westerhope we are proud to have pupil representatives that take part in School Council meetings. These councils are in place so that pupils have a voice and are involved in decisions about the school that affect them. Through School Council all pupils have the opportunity to raise issues, share ideas and take part in discussions that involve all of their classmates in reaching a democratic solution. Pupils at Westerhope know that this is their school and their thoughts and ideas matter.
As part of our active travel initiative, we are taking part in a competition. We invite you to create a poster that highlights the reasons why pupils should get moving to and from school. The winning three pieces have the chance to be published.
If you would like to take part, please send these into your class teacher before Friday 23rd March.
To find out more about Modeshift STARS please click on the link:
The school council have been doing an amazing job of promoting active travel in school. They have been completing a travel tracker on iPads every day. They have been celebrating their classes achievements by giving out Living Street badges. Watch out for competitions coming soon too! Well done everyone!
School councillors were invited to go to Knoplaw Primary today to find out about the City of Dreams initiative. This is a plan which aims to make life better by doing more creative and fun things for children. We met with the executive producer for this who wanted our opinion. We enjoyed meeting other children from other schools and getting our voice heard!
Today, the school council were invited to take part in helping ensure the roads around school are safe to promote more people walking to school. We spoke with someone who is helping us gain our MODE shift star award. The school council believe it is really important that we increase the number of children who actively travel to school. We have lots of ideas to help us do this but first of all we had to complete a road safety audit. We also met with the school for an assembly to find out how everyone gets to school.
Find out why and how the School Council are encouraging active travel by clicking on the link below. We are going to be very busy working on this in the new year.
At the start of the year, we discussed that we needed to do something to improve our attendance as a school. This week we got to meet with Mrs Russell and Mrs Wyld about the new attendance idea at Westerhope. We got to find out before the rest of the school to give our opinions. Watch this space for what it is.... it all sounds very exciting!
Following on from our secret buddy week, the school council loved the idea of a random acts of kindness advent calendar. They have delivered their kindness ideas to their classes and will help implement them in the classroom.
Could you try it at home with your children?
Thank you so much to everyone who supported our Secret Buddies Week and Children in Need. It was amazing to see such enthusiasm from the children, staff and parents. We raised £342! Well done!
This week Westerhope said no to bullying and instead we are promoting friendship and kindness. The school council have helped lead this week by sharing ideas in assembly and ensuring everyone had a secret buddy. The children were each given another child in their class to do something kind for- from a smile, to a compliment and playing together on the playground. The staff were given secret buddies too! Well done Westerhope! There has been so much kindness shown in school already! From compliments being given, to kindness messages and even cards being made- we are so proud of you all
Today the school councillors met with the governors! We had the chance to give them a tour around school and share with them our learning so far in the year. We looked at the displays, books and discussed our favourite lessons. The school councillors were very professional and were able to tell the governors what they liked about Westerhope. They said:
- " everyone is friendly"
- " the teachers are kind and help us "
- " it is a safe place to be in"
We will be feeding back to the governors at different parts of the year so watch this space!
I got to meet with all of the pupils today to welcome them to the school council!
We introduced ourselves and said why we wanted to be school councillors. Here are some of their quotes...
" I want to improve attendance at Westerhope by getting the whole school involved"
" I hate to see people playing by themselves, I want to set up games and activities to make everyone play"
" The little kids find the big yard difficult so I would like to help them"
First we had a vote to decide who would be our chair and vice chair councillors. Our year 6 pupils told everyone why the wanted to be picked and everyone voted.
Next we discussed what they needed to ask their class before the next meeting. I asked them to find out what their class likes about Westerhope and what they would like to improve. This would give us a good starting point to see what each year group thinks.
Finally I showed them the badges that they will get to wear around the school. They were very impressed so watch this space for a photo!
Here are your School Councillors for this year!
During our meeting the school councillors created an 'Advent of Kindness.' Each day of December the class representative will choose a person to pull an act of kindness from the advent calendar that they need to try and complete that day. We want to continue the fantastic work from our 'Random Acts of Kindness' week and spread kindness and joy throughout December.
The School Council met today to discuss their role in Random Acts of Kindness Week. They have been role models and are looking for anyone who they think has been kind. They also discussed the Grear Westerhope Bake Off and discovered that they are going to be responsible for choosing their classes entries. Fantastic work today everyone!
This week's school council meeting was thinking about ways to be kind to each other. Mrs McManus came along to the meeting and videoed our ideas, ready to show in assembly during 'Random Acts of Kindness' week beginning 14th November.
Can you think of other ways that we can be kind to each other?
School council members will be making posters to put up around school to promote ways of being kind.
During this week's meeting, school councillors fed back the fantastic ideas their peers had about 'How to improve children's times table knowledge in school.' Take a look at just some of the ideas the children had:
These ideas are fantastic and we hope to implement lots of these thoughts very, very soon! Watch out for photographs of the school councillors at work, making Westerhope Primary School even better!
The school council is made up of student representatives from each class from Years Two to Six. The pupils attend regular meetings where their views and ideas can be shared. They make decisions on the things that are important to them and the class they represent and work together with the staff to ensure that pupils have a real voice during their time at Westerhope.