School Council & Eco Warriors
2020/2021 SCHOOL COUNCIL & ECO WARRIORS
We are really excited to announce our representatives for this year's School Council and Eco-Team. These are an enthusiastic group of children that are keen to get their voice heard and help others, both in the local and wider community. Please check our page, which will be updated often, so you can see what we have discussed in meetings and what projects we are currently working on!
Our KS1 Team: Our KS2 Team:
Skye W Darcey T
Thomas H Winter-Lily K
Olivia K Ben W
Anabelle T Connie B
Tad R Sam F
Ivy L April T
Jarvis H Laurie H
Freya H Jason J
Our Mission Statement:
To protect and preserve our natural environment, as well as to raise the awareness of how to protect and preserve for the rest of the school to follow suit.
Our School Council represents the views of all of our pupils.
Our School Council gives our children the opportunity to make their voices heard, and feel like a part of the whole school community.
We have regular meetings to think about how we can bring a positive change to the school. We discuss how current policies are doing, whether they are working, as well as by thinking of new, exciting ideas to bring to the school environment.
We promote an ethos of taking responsibility for our day-to-day schooling lives, however big or small.
The projects we are looking at this term:
- Citizenship Award
- Plastic Free Initiative
Our Citizenship Award is a project that the children of the School Council have been participating in all year, it is all about contributing to your own community (family), your local community (school) and the wider community (local area and nationally). Although it has not yet been extended to the rest of the school, it’s really important that you know that you all are contributing and probably without realising!
The last project to mention is our ‘Plastic Free Initiative’. We are working towards becoming a plastic free school and although this is difficult whilst we are not in school, there are some things that we can do. These activities don’t have to be limited to only the Eco Warriors, it would be great if all children could have a go at these ideas below:
- create a poster on what they will do to reduce single use plastic
- write a letter to a manufacturer to express concern about plastic use
- write a letter to our MP to ask them to highlight the importance of reducing single use plastic
We have already had a few posters being made and one of our fantastic Eco Warriors was awarded with a Blue Peter Badge as a result! This is amazing!
There will also be some videos posted to the School Council webpage where you can inform yourself more about plastic pollution and the impact it has to our environment.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
We are really excited to be holding our first School Council event for this academic year. We are going to be participating in the Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 2nd October.
Outlined below is how our event will run:
- Each child will bring in one cupcake for themselves (no nuts allowed at all).
- Each child will bring in a donation for Macmillan.
- Each class will enjoy their cakes together at 2:45 in their own classes whilst watching a video relevant to the cause.
- School council representatives will collect the donations.
- Photographs of the event will be taken
We are looking forward to seeing all your bakes! Check back to see photographs soon!
Macmillan Coffee Event
We had an amazing Macmillan Coffee Afternoon! Everyone really enjoyed their cakes and we learned about the importance of the Macmillan charity and the great work they do.
We are so pleased to let you all know that we raised a fantastic £540.52! We should all be really proud of ourselves!
Community Badge Award
We are really excited to announce our next project for the year. We are going to be working with our local and wider community to help all walks of life. As our theme of this term is 'Friendship', we are really keen to drive that forward in as many ways as we can. Therefore, we are going to be starting at home and working our way out in a variety of different activities to show our engagement in the community. We have different stages to achieve through this programme which are outlined below. Keep checking back to see how we're getting on! Anyone can join in and bring in their completed checklist to gain their Bronze, Silver or Gold badge!
Children in Need
The school council hosted a 'pyjama day' at school on Friday 13th November for Children in Need. Everyone, including the teachers, came dressed in pyjamas and stayed toasty throughout the day!
We raised an amazing £619.36 for Children in Need - this fantastic amount will go a long way to helping families tackle difficulties they may have.
Enjoy some of our photographs below!
Salvation Army Gifts - Infant School
We are really excited to announce our participation in gift giving for the Salvation Army.
We are going to collect these gifts from school and deliver them to the Church linked to the Salvation Army for them to be distributed to families in need. These need to be brought into school by Monday 7th December and will be placed underneath our Christmas Tree until they are taken to the Church.
These gifts need to be brand new and unwrapped. Any donations during this time will be greatly received.
It is so lovely to be able to help our wider community now, more than ever.
The children at the Infant School have created a short video outlining the details.
Salvation Army Gift Donations
POSTCARDS FOR KINDNESS
Although we are not in school at the moment, and therefore can't continue our work related to the school council in the same way, we thought that we could find a way to include the whole school community in this term's core value: Compassion.
Things are bit different, strange, difficult and possible lonely for everyone right now! With this in mind, we have decided to implement an initiative to show our appreciation and love for the wider community. Therefore, we are going to embark on an exciting project: Postcards of Kindness.
Postcards of Kindness is about writing postcards and connecting lives. Please find the attached link if you would like to know more: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/discover/2019/october/postcards-of-kindness/
The outline of the project is as follows:
- Infants will write a postcard to a resident at a nursing home from up and down the country, so they feel connected to the outside community. I think now more than ever they would really appreciate that.
- Juniors will send a postcard to an NHS worker from the Royal Berkshire Hospital to give them support and admiration during these really difficult times.
You do not need to worry about sending it off or finding the address. Every Monday and Thursday, there will be a box left outside of the school where you can leave your postcard there, and then we will send it on. You won't address the card to anyone specific either - so don't worry about that!
I will share with you a template for writing your Postcards of Kindness, should you wish to use it!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me through the school office.
Miss Trayte :)
School Council Update
We are well into the summer term now and the school council have not lost momentum, we have been working really hard with a variety of different events.
On the 30th April it would have been Captain Tom's 101st birthday. In honour of his memory, his daughters have asked for some fundraising to be done in the spirit of Captain Tom. The number 100 is key with their ideas and so, the school council have decided to participate in this wonderful event.
There has been a JustGiving page set up for this event and the chosen charity is Daisy's Dream. This is a lovely charity that supports children and families during bereavement and life-threatening illness. The idea behind next week is:
- The children (and staff if you wish), at home, will do an activity themed around the number 100. This could be 100 star jumps, 100 metre run, 100 laps of the garden, dance for 100 minutes, bake 100 cookies - anything goes!
- The children will be taking a picture of the activity and sending it into school for a display to be created.
- You then donate money to Daisy's Dream through this JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/robert-piggotts-captain-tom-100-challenge
- This event will be running all week next week: 26th April - 2nd May, but the donations can be made until 3rd May. But it is no extra work for teachers at all!
In the weeks commencing 3rd May and 10th May, in school, we will be honouring the life of Prince Phillip. The children will be participating in an Arts activity, designing a medal based around an aspect of the Duke of Edinburgh's life. For example, Prince Phillip was a patron of WWF and so a medal design could be based around this charity. The school council will then choose winners from each key stage/phase with prizes to be handed out. This event will run between 3rd - 14th May. The children were also given the opportunity to learn some more about Prince Phillip and the impact he had on the country, to inspire the children's medal designs.
India - Cricket Fundraiser
Our school is taking part in a collaborative event with the Schools Learning Alliance, a group of fifteen schools in Wokingham. During the week of 17th May 2021, we will raising funds for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Coronavirus Appeal in aid of India. India is in a terrible crisis at the moment, following a surge in Coronavirus cases. This may hit home for many of us over here and we want to support India in any way possible.
We are focusing our ideas around Cricket as this is paramountly important to India and our children will be playing Diamond Cricket and Kwik Cricket on the afternoon of Friday 21st May. We would be delighted if parents would be able to sponsor these games and make a donation on behalf of their children. All donations can be made through the Just Giving page.
This money will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee who are channelling all current donations to their India Appeal. Information on this charity organisation can be found here.
Captain Tom Event:
Here are some photographs of the children participating in the '100 challenge', raising funds for Daisy's Dream charity.
I would like to announce the winners for the medal design competition, honouring the Duke of Edinburgh's life. All the designs were amazing and the children worked incredibly hard. It was really difficult for the school councillors to choose just three winners for each category but the winners are:
Congratulations to these fabulous children and their designs! They were awarded with a medal of their own with the Robert Piggott logo on to take home.
We are also going to be writing to the Queen to let her know of the competition and actually sending some of our designs and pictures. See below for some photos!