Our School Council represents the views of all our pupils. It gives children the opportunity to make their voices heard and feel part of the whole school community.
Two children are elected from each class. We hold weekly meetings in which the children feedback thoughts and ideas from their class and discuss our current project. The councillors then feedback to their class and note down new ideas for the next meeting.
On their mission to make Merdon Junior school greener, the School Council have divided up their responsibilities within their sub committees. We have 4 sub committees who will undertake the following challenges.
This team will continue to recruit a small team of volunteers from the sign up sheet to spend Friday Lunchtime promoting recycling whilst improving the school grounds ensuring it is litter free and clean.
The Big Battery Hunt
The Battery Hunt team will explain to the rest of the school how they will intend to promote the recycling batteries. They will organise for the individual boxes to be delivered to each class to be sent home and filled with used batteries. With the help of mums, dads, friends and neighbours, the team hope to arrange for lots of collections which give us a chance of winning wonderful prizes.
The Lush Bottle Top Challenge
This committee team will arrange for our school to collect the bottle tops from plastic bottles which are then recycled by Lush who use them to make their black plastic pots. Most Local Authorities do not recycle bottle tops which is why the School Council wanted to help.
Recycling Bins for the Playground
The final committee are dedicated to installing recycling bins outside to encourage their peers to recycle their rubbish. They hope to write to our PTA, Merdon Association requesting support and funding to purchase at least two bins which will be specifically for recycling waste.
The Christmas Fayre
This week, the School Council were busy wrapping all the gifts for the lucky dip stall they are helping to run at the Merdon Christmas Fayre next Wednesday. We look forward to seeing you there!
Our first project is looking at how to make our school greener. After consulting with the children in our classes and numerous we have come up with three key areas.
1) Saving electricity:
- holding a no electricity day in the Summer
- electing light and screen monitors in each class to turn off each break, lunch and assembly times
2) Litter picking:
- children volunteer to join the litter picking team
- each break they collect their grabbers, gloves and bin liners and collect litter and receive raffle tickets as a reward.
3) Cleaner air:
- persuading children and adults to walk to school
Researching our Going Green project
Ray Craig from Hampshire County Council came to visit us in our meeting to help us create ideas for our Merdon Going Green project. He kindly donated litter grabbers, fluorescent jackets and gloves for our litter picking project. He also gave us ideas to help with our assembly and walk to school project.
Our first project this year has been to organise the events to raise money for Children In Need. We asked children to come to school dressed in their brightest clothes in exchange for a £1 donation and we held a cake sale in the afternoon that many pupils kindly donated to.
We are now busy planning our next event..... running a stall at the Merdon Christmas Fayre. We asked our classes for ideas and held votes to decide on the best one. The most popular stall idea was the Lucky Dip. So now we are busy wrapping all the presents!!
This Spring term, Miss Loosemore has asked us to help her improve the school grounds. Before we ask our classes for their thoughts on the matter, we went on a tour of the school to spot areas that need some improvement.