Holywell School Council
Our School Council helps all pupils at Holywell to become more involved in the life of the school. Representatives from each year group starting from Year 1 are democratically voted in by their classmates and each member serves a term on the Council (There are 2 representatives each term from classes in Years 1 and 2 to support each other). It is the responsibility of each member to ensure that they express both their views and the views of all the other pupils that they represent. They are each issued with a badge and notebook. The School Council allows the pupils to develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation.
Our 2020-21 Successes
This was the year that we had the second Covid19 partial Lockdown and lots of Home Learning, but we still managed to do a great job supporting our school and charities:
- Children in Need ‘Design a Pudsey or Blush Outfit’- £192 raised.
- Bernardo’s Cottage Fundraising School Council raised (and counted) £440 !!!
- Red Nose Day ‘Draw a Funny Face for Mr Petrie or Mr Stephenson’ School Council raised - £163
- Assemblies and Newsletter articles on Eat them to defeat them – Fruit and Veg drive.
- How are we all doing? Pupil wellbeing questions for school council and Pupil Survey.
Our 2019-20 Successes
This was the year that we had the first Covid19 Lockdown (from March 2020):
- Following feedback from pupils, our pupil Ambassador wrote a letter on behalf of the School Council to Rose, Head of the School Kitchen to ask for vinegar to have on chips on Fridays.
- Children in Need Playground Cake Sale – Donations of cakes from Aldi, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s - £284.10 raised.
- Where’s It Bin? Supporting local children’s hospice Rainbows – School Council met Fundraising Manager Gary Farnfield from Rainbows and presented a collection drive assembly with him. We topped the leader board AGAIN this year with 234 bags collected!
- Assemblies and Newsletter articles on: Road Safety when walking, cycling or scootering to school; Balanced Packed Lunches – Healthy Lunchboxes.
Our 2018-19 Successes
This was Holywell’s Golden Anniversary (Celebrating 50 years):
- Introduction of pen recycling across the school in partnership with eco reps. (BIC/Terracycle)
- Request for additional/replacement playtime and lunchtime play equipment
- Voting across the school to buy Holywell Golden Gifts raised by Golden Celebrations:
Outdoor Storytelling Chair and Stools
New Library Comfy Seating
Outdoor Stage Backdrops for both KS playgrounds
- Children in Need / UNICEF Cake Sale - £192 raised.
- School Council wrote questions for and interviewed prospective Headteacher!
- Where’s It Bin? Supporting local children’s hospice Rainbows – We topped the leader board AGAIN this year with 236 bags collected!
- Red Nose Day ‘Taking the Biscuit!’ School Council decorated biscuits and sold them with squash at playtime - £105.66 raised.
- Lunchbox Survey with support from Leicestershire Nutrition and Dietic Service (NHS).
- Assemblies on how to pack a healthier Lunchbox using pupil power.
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Our 2017-18 Successes
We worked hard on several projects, here are some of the highlights:
- Design a new School Council Logo Competition
- Children in Need Cake Sale & Colouring Competition - £144.87 raised.
- Red Nose Day ‘Wear Red’ - £512.83 raised.
- Where’s It Bin? Supporting local children’s hospice Rainbows – We topped the leader board again this year with over 200 bags collected!
- Pupil Voice and Action 1 – Break and dinnertime play equipment needed replacing, so every pupil in the school voted in their classes and we purchased the most popular choices for each key stage.
- Pupil Voice and Action 2 – Pupils wanted vinegar with their chips, so the school council wrote to our kitchen manager and she obliged!
- School Dinner Food Tasting Afternoon – Pupils gave the ‘School Food Support Team’ feedback on current school meals and also sampled and commented on some new dishes, to develop future school meals provision.
- Achieved the UNICEF RRSA Gold Level Award – The highest award possible!
School Council Ambassador
This is the fourth year we have had the Ambassador role, to strengthen pupil voice within the staff Senior Management Team. The Y6 Ambassador works with Mr Stephenson as joint chair of the School Council (The Council meet on Wednesday afternoons in the library) and will represent pupils at Senior Management Meetings every term.