Bedonwell Junior

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School Council

At the Bedonwell Federation, we value the opinions and ideas of our pupils and the School Council provides a forum to share these opinions and ideas with the Head Teacher and staff.

A new school council is elected each year in the autumn term, with every class from year 3 to year 6 nominating two representatives; that makes 32 children in total! The school council represent their class’ ideas and feedback school council decisions to their peers.

The School Council meets regularly, often fortnightly. We have an agreed agenda and minutes are written by a minute taker and then typed up for the representatives to share with their own classes. The Senior Leadership Team and class teachers also get their own copy.

We have a Chair and a Vice Chair, who are voted for by the rest of the council and they have responsibility for running the meetings. Mrs O’Sullivan facilitates the School Council and meetings are held during lunchtime, normally on a Wednesday.

Bedonwell Federation Code of Conduct for School Council Meetings

  • Listen.
  • Do not interrupt or talk over other councillors.
  • Contribute ideas and share feedback with class.
  • Treat each other how we would wish to be treated (with respect).
  • Come prepared.
  • Take back ideas to your class.

Here are some activities we have taken part in:

Children in Need              

On Spotty day, we at Bedonwell Juniors managed to raise an incredible £330.30. Everybody made a fantastic effort, they all looked ‘spottylicious’!  The children wore spotty socks, tops and even shoes!  If they had nothing spotty to wear, they would make spotty badges.  Spotty day was so much fun and for such a great cause!

 By Evie (J3) & Gladys (A5)

Save the Children – Christmas Jumper Appeal   

On our Christmas jumper day we managed to raise the fantastic sum of £187.55!  Our Christmas jumpers were so pretty and colourful.  Lots of you wore Santa and reindeer jumpers. Even the Teachers wore their jumpers! We loved it! Thank you for raising so much money for charity.   

                               By Evie (A4) & Jersey (T4)

NSPCC

We also raised £306.50 for the NSPCC during various events!    

Playground update

After discussions within our classes and during our meetings, a request was made for our playground to be improved.  After the spring holidays, we came back to a massive surprise! We had all our playground markings re-done and enhanced with additional features such as a running track, giant hop scotch, 3 football/netball pitches and even two table tennis tables for us to use.  Everyone felt really happy that the playground had been greatly improved and we have all enjoyed playing in the area.

                                                                                                 By Vithujan (A4) and Blu (P5)

Assemblies

On the 7th June 2018 we were very proud to have delivered an assembly highlighting the main aspects of the role of the School Council and to showcase things that our school community has done.  It was great to share our achievements and to raise awareness of issues within the school.  We also introduced the ‘Good to talk’ campaign.

Good to talk campaign

After discussions in our meetings, we the school council, decided to introduce the ‘Good to talk’ campaign.  We undertook a survey to establish who, within the school community, we talk to. To emphasise that you can talk to everyone at Bedonwell School, we decided to launch the campaign by a poster competition.  The entries were overwhelming!  We finally chose a winner; this was Reese (N4).  Next term our posters will be appearing around the school to remind children that here at Bedonwell, It’s Good to Talk!

                               Chloe (S3) & Jamie (Q6)

Online safety

During our meetings we discussed online safety and the importance of being SMART when using the internet, especially when playing games and using social media.  We discussed the importance of ensuring that we do not play with ‘random’ people on the internet and of sharing personal information. We learnt how easy our personal information could be shared with strangers without us even realising it! Mrs Spinks then led an assembly on our behalf and spoke about how to ensure we are SMART when using the world wide web.

                                        FJ (A5) & Sky (P5)

Gambian Christmas Shoebox Appeal

We, the Bedonwell Junior School Council, looked into how we can help to make other children’s Christmas’ better!  After lots of research and discussions, we found out about a school in Gambia, The Caledonian Nursery School, which our own Mrs Ingram supports and visits on a regular basis.    Last year, our Christmas appeal was for the Samaritan Shoebox Appeal.  Whilst this was a very worthy cause, the children felt that they would have liked to know who received our boxes.  So this year, the School Council decided that we would choose an appeal where we could follow our parcels and chose The Caledonian Nursery School.  The whole school made an incredible effort and a great number of boxes were sent in October.  Unfortunately, the container was held up in Spain and the parcels were not received in Gambia until March!  They were so pleased with the presents, even if they were late!  We received thank you letters from the children and even a great video of them saying. “Thank you Bedonwell”, which we shared in assembly.

     By Johnny (T4) & Samuel (S3)

And finally……..

We, the School Council, would like to say a BIG ‘THANK YOU’ to the Governors, PTA, Teachers, non-teaching staff, Mrs Ingram and Mrs Wright for their support and encouragement throughout the past year.

Regards from YOUR School Council.