Welcome to St. Philip's School Council 2018-19
Here at St. Philip's C of E Primary School, the School Council have a clear mission:
"To work on behalf of our fellow students to improve our school and local community , to raise awareness of important issues both locally, nationally and internationally and to foster a culture where children feel comfortable, happy and safe while learning."
The School Council at St. Philip's C of E Primary School are a team of extremely active, dedicated and well organised children. At the beginning of the school year children from Years 2 to Year 6 democratically elect 2 school council members - a boy and a girl. The school council is led by a Chairperson and a Vice-Chairperson who are chosen by the elected council members.
See below the new members of our School Council 2018-19.
This is why we joined the school council -
Look here for all our latest news - including our latest fundraising efforts and initiatives.
School Council Meeting 18.10.17
The petitions! This was an exciting meeting as councillors counted up their signature totals. They have still to be verified but some look to have got over 80 signatures
Pupils from each group had been busy thinking of ideas about how to improve the canteen on a budget of £50. Some year groups had put together quite detailed proposals. All had got signatures from their own class and most had got signatures from other classes and even staff.
Signatures are currently being verified! The petitions with the most signatures will be sent to Mrs Edward for her consideration. Just like with government petitions, she might call pupils to give more detail or explain their ideas more. She may then decide to adopt the ideas or she may decide not to! Just like with our government, if there are enough signatures, she will give a response to explain her decision.
After that, councillors discussed the school wide campaign for after half term and ideas for raising money for Children in Need.
Tell your councillor if you have an idea….Voice your View!!
The School Council meeting on 13th October shared information from the Southport Learning Partnership. Councillors were asked to get ideas for the next meeting about a campaign for how we could improve the school e.g. healthy eating or road safety. Secondly we need to decide on a local charity to support. Later in the year we will choose a global campaign to take part in.
Some photos of the meeting are below.
Petitions also need completing by Wednesday. See below.
School Council Petition
11.10.17 councillors were given this important task to share with their classes
Petitions are part of our democratic system. They are a way of showing the people with power to change things, what other people would like to change.
A petition is a request for action which is then signed by those that agree with it to show that it is an idea that lots of people agree with. People have to give their first and last names and their address.
Mrs Edward has £50 ready to be spent on something that would improve our canteen. Each class is asked to think about this and put forward a petition about their idea…remember there is only £50 for this, so be realistic.
The petition request should be worded politely and clearly. There should be an explanation of why it would be a good idea. Once this has been written by your class councillor, get as many signatures from school as you can.
See below for an example.
Your petition needs to be ready to hand in to the school council next Wednesday (18th). The school council will look at all the petitions and hand on the one/s with the most signatures for Mrs Edward to consider. Just like happens with our government and petitions, only ones with lots of signatures will be considered at all, and only ones that can actually be put into practice (in this case with the £50 spending limit). Also just like with our government, Mrs Edward will have to consider the most popular and discuss with other school leaders/governors but this does not mean that they will necessarily go ahead with it. Petitions are a chance to get your ideas put into action.
Example of petition format
We think that buying……………………….would improve our canteen because it would ……………………………………………………………………………………….
Signatures with first and last name and year group
John Logan Year 3
Maria Hopkin Year 3
Cheryl Barker Year 3
Mike Ball Year 4 ………………………………..
“I want to help improve the school and help people to be happier”
“ I want to listen to what my class has to say and bring their ideas here.”
“ I’d like to see if we can make improvements to the Junior Playground”
“ I want us to raise as much money for charity as we can.”
"We, the new members of the school council are very excited about the prospect of making a difference in our school and local community. We'd like to raise money for some local charities...we'd like to support the Southport Soup Kitchen this half of the year. "
Soup and Shelter Day at St. Philip's C of E Primary School
Thank you to all those who took part in our Soup and Shelter Day.
It was a great success!
We raised a fantastic £153 for our local Soup Kitchen and we have all developed an awareness of what it is like to have nothing but a cardboard box for shelter.
Thank you to the representative from the Soup Kitchen who kindly explained daily life in the soup kitchen and detailed ways in which we can help further.
Meeting North West in Bloom
Members of the School Council were invited to meet with the judges of North West in Bloom today.
Two Year 5 children met the judges at Kings Gardens, alongside members of Friends of Kings Gardens to explain their involvement in the development of the sensory garden flowerbeds.
The judges were very impressed by their participation in The Green Machine initiative and the children showed off their knowledge of plants and shrubs eloquently.
Remembrance Sunday's Giant Poppy
A Green Machine Initiative
Take a look at the Giant Poppy which all members of the school council helped to create. A lovely morning was spent painting the bases of recycled plastic bottles red and black. An initiative launched by Sefton Council and The Green Machine saw students from Meols Cop High School, Holy Trinity, Holy Family and Norwood Primary School as well as us from St Philip's work collaboratively to create this wonderful poppy to commemorate the fallen heroes.
We have now started our local community audit, finding out what all the buildings are used for in the area and seeing how we can best serve the needs of others. Thanks for giving up your lunchtimes folks!
Thank you to Emily and Jake for spending the afternoon busy weeding the special bed devoted to the Green Machine at King's Gardens. We cleared it out of weeds and then planted bulbs and flowers ready for the public to enjoy.
Here were some of our ideas:
shelters, monkey bars, flowers, first aid bench, games painted on the ground, no running area, raised beds, butterfly garden, bird houses, re-use the pond area and some stone flooring.
CHILDREN IN NEED
Thank you to everyone for the generous contributions. We raised a staggering £308.40 in just one day!
Why did you want to join the school council?
AS YOU CAN, SEE OUR SCHOOL COUNCIL ARE VERY ENTHUSIASTIC AND EXCITED ABOUT THEIR RESPONSIBILTIES. PLEASE LET THEM KNOW WHAT CONCERNS YOU HAVE OR ANY GREAT IDEAS AS TO HOW WE CAN MAKE
OUR SCHOOL EVEN BETTER!