Congratulations to our newly democratically voted School Council. There are two class reps in each year group, but in Year 4 there are two additional councillors who have the important job of guiding and supporting our Reception class reps. We are looking forward to a busy year helping to make our school a welcoming, inclusive, listening and caring environment.
Our Record of School Council led/co-ordinated activities during
2020 and 2021
October: Harvest Festival – In spite of Covid-19 restrictions our new school council was elected and we encouraged our classes to donate both money and food towards Cheddar Food Bank. Each class recorded their contribution to our Harvest Service and everyone including parents were able to watch it.
November: Children in Need – “Show your Spots”. Suggestions for fundraising activities were collected from each year group. The School Council 4 activities were chosen and school councillors made posters for each of their year groups. These were the activities we did: SPOTTY MUFTI: as part of our fundraising, we invited pupils to wear mufti and donate £1 towards Children in Need. SPOTTY BISCUITS: Each class iced and decorated with spots and donated 50p for this activity. SPOTTY FUN ACTIVITIES: additional fun activities were completed in each bubble.
KINDNESS CALENDAR: Each pupil received a kindness calendar for 2 weeks and recorded their acts of kindness. A certificate was awarded to each pupil who shared their kindness calendar with their class. The certificate was designed by our Year 4 Councillors.
Red Nose Day Thursday 1st April: It was decided to change the date of our Red Nose Day this year to Thursday 1st April. This was a result of 3 of our year groups not being in school and the importance of us all joining together to raise a substantial amount of money toward this very worthy cause. PLASTIC FREE Red Noses were sold by our school council reps in each year group as well as in the preschool.
Pupils were invited to dress up as Fun Super Heroes for the day and donated £1. Each child was invited to bring a joke to school to share with their class. It was a great day and we were able to raise just over £200.
Pupil Voice: This continues to be one of our core foundations of our school council.
Promoting British Values: democracy, pupil voice, equality - have been demonstrated through pupils voting for their class reps, voicing opinions and contributing to ideas about our range of activities is what makes our school council an effective aspect of our school life.
Finally: We have had a particularly challenging year with the restrictions of Covid-19 and not being able to have whole school events in person or crossing bubbles, but in spite of this the school council reps have done themselves proud. A HUGE thank you who have worked so hard and become proud representatives of Weare Academy First school.
Our Record of School Council activities for
2018 and 2019
October: Harvest Festival - At our Harvest service at St Gregory’s Church we collected money for UNICEF to support the children who needed help after the tsunami in Indonesia.
November: Children in Need – “Show your Spots”. Suggestions for fundraising activities were collected from each year group. The School Council then chose and voted for the most popular. These were the activities we did: Spotty Mufti: all children were invited to dress up in spotty mufti and give a donation for doing so. Spotty Bandana: each class made a spotty bandana and the challenge was to cover it in 1p and 2p coins this was most successful. Spotty cupcakes: each class iced and decorated cupcakes. The school council reps sold them at the end of the school day. Spotty Challenges: Year 4 placed spotty challenge cards around the playground with little challenges linked to wellbeing, working with a partner, helping each other etc. It was great to see children help each other to complete the challenges.
Friday 15th March - Red Nose Day: We used the slogan: “We can do things big and small to make a massive difference!” We made a donation to dress in Red Mufti. Year 1 and 2 baked biscuits and Reception, Year 3 and 4 decorated them as faces with red cherry noses. The school council were very busy as they sold red noses on Friday morning and biscuits after school. We raised just on £200 in total to make a difference to those less fortunate than ourselves.
Pupil Voice: three new teachers were employed for September and the council reps contributed with questions they would like asked to the new teachers. Responses from individual pupils were considered by the interview panel.
GIVE Charity 28th June: Eleanor Stephens, an ex pupil, was raising funds to go to the GIVE organisation which works with communities in Tanzania, where she would spend the summer volunteering. She held a cake sale and the council helped to make it a success.
Cross Garden Club: each child wrote a poem or part of a poem for the Summer Flower Show. School council reps showed Beth Kuipers around the garden where each class had done their summer planting.
Finally: We have had a great year making links with our local community and various charities. We have had focus on promoting British Values: democracy, pupil voice, equality. Thank you to our class representatives who have worked so hard but also become proud representatives of Weare Academy First school.
Welcome to our newly elected School Council for 2018 to 2019 !
Our first job has been to help organise the Harvest Collection and donations for this will be going to UNICEF to help support victims of the Indonesian Tsunami. Thank you to everyone who donated towards this worthy cause.
Our Record of School Council led/co-ordinated activities during
2017 and 2018
he Harvest collection of food for Cheddar food bank was well supported. A list of food sent out to parents and posters made and then taken to the food bank by a helpful parent.
Children in Need – Show your Spots. Suggestions for fundraising activities were collected from each year group. The School Council then chose and voted for the most popular. Four activities were agreed upon. These included: spotty mufti, cover Pudsey, making, decorating and then selling spotty biscuits (after costs £35 were raised just at the biscuit sale). Year 4 created spotty challenge cards which children could do during play times. The councillors worked in pairs to produce Show your Spots posters and letters were sent to parents advertising the day.
On Tuesday, 15th November , we enjoyed having Pudsey visit Weare. He was most impressed that we had planned such a super day of fundraising on Friday 17th November.
Friday 19th January: Mufti Day to raise funds for the charity Dig Deep
At our whole school service on Friday 12th January, Sarah Appleby, an ex-pupil of Weare Academy First School, told our children all about the charity ‘Dig Deep’ which she supports. Dig Deep works to help schools and communities in Kenya, get access to water and sanitation. They raise funds and work together to build taps and toilets to ensure that water and sanitation is in place for the future. We held a mufti day and many of our pupils donated a £1 to support this worthy cause.
Sports Relief fundraiser, Friday 23rd March. The class representatives collected ideas from their classes and 5 sporty but fun activities were chosen. This was a sponsored event and at the end of the day everyone had a completed sponsor card (designed by the school council) so they could collect the sponsorship money. It was a day enjoyed by everyone, with an additional focus on keeping healthy through exercise. On the day everyone dressed in Sports mufti and completed the 5 activities.
We have had a busy year on the school council but we have also had great fun working together for our school and other communities.