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Friday 27th January - Our Marvellous Cake and Sweet Stall in aid of New Brainstorm School and Wateraid.

 

Many thanks to all the children, staff and parents who baked and bought goodies for our popular after school stall. The council had met a week before to design posters as part of the marketing campaign. Thank you to all the school council children who helped out on the stall. The money is currently being counted and the funds raised will be posted on this site soon,

 

with many thanks again,

 

Mrs Hunter and the School Council.

 

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Total raised (to be shared between Wateraid and The New Brainstorm School)

 £148.80

Many thanks, once again, to everyone who made this possible.  

 

Voting for our charities...

Voting for our charities... 1
School Council Minutes

25.11.16

 
The representatives had been considering which charities we should support this academic year. Six charities were suggested and their nominators gave considered and eloquent reasons for their choices.
They were - Elizabeth House, Help the Aged, Wateraid, Cancer UK, The New Brainstorm School and a Shelter charity which provides tents. Each child had two votes (represented by little bears), which they placed on the named charity card of their choice. The older children helped the younger children to read the names. The two with the highest votes were chosen - Wateraid and The New Brainstorm School.
 
We then debated ideas for the initial fund raiser and the following ideas were suggested - cake and sweet stall, bouncy castle, mufti day (super heroes theme),a Christmas stall or asking each current stall for a % of their takings. The vote nominated a cake and sweet stall, which will take place in term 3, after Christmas.
 
Mrs Hunter and The School Council.
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Minutes of our first meeting

30.9.16

 

Our newly elected representatives were welcomed and each introduced and gave an interesting fact about themselves. The meeting took place on a very special day for our school - we were having a 'mufti' (non school uniform) tea and cake sale day for our teacher, Mrs Barrett, who is poorly. After taking the group photo, we discussed what we'd like to achieve this year. Initial ideas included -

 

  1. a visit to Bisham Primary School's School Council, to share good ideas
  2. gathering suggestions to make school trips and lessons even more fun
  3. replacing / mending KS2 lunchtime equipment for the playground
  4. having a talent show for Mrs Barrett
  5. providing highly motivating rewards for good behaviour in KS2, such as cinema trips
  6. holding a charity stall

 

Mrs Hunter had recently attended a Friends of the Rise meeting and had been asked about play equipment needs, so this could be a joint venture to be pursued.

 

The children were asked to research and nominate charities for our next meeting. We'll hold a vote and support one or two for this academic year.

 

Our next meeting will be held after half term.

Mrs Hunter and The School Council

 

 

 

School Council 2016 - 2017

 

Welcome back to school. This week and next, each class will vote for 2 class representatives. I very much look forward to seeing who is awarded the badges and responsibility during our weekly 'well done' assembly on Friday 16th September.

 

Mrs Hunter

School Council Supporter.

8.9.16

 

 

Our School Council Representatives for 2015 - 2016

Our School Council Representatives for 2015 - 2016 1

March 2016 minutes

 

Laura Tull, who is a councillor with Cookham Council, came to visit us in order to find out the children's views on how to improve The Alfred Major Recreation Park. In pairs, the children completed a questionnaire which may well be sent to all pupils in the school at a later date. Laura was very impressed with our school council and the way in which the children expressed their views clearly and with confidence.

 

The children took away paper in order to design a poster for our cake and sweet fund raising stall, which will be held after Easter.

 

Finally, we discussed ideas for the theme of our school summer fair.

 

Mrs Hunter.

February Minutes of our meeting

 

The children debated various ways in which we could raise money for our 2 charities this year. We discussed the pros and cons of a second hand toy shop, sweet and cake stall, a sponsored silence and a mufti day. A vote was taken and the sweet and cake stall was selected. As there are a lot of other fund raising events happening at the moment, we decided it may be better to organise this one for after Easter. The children all took home an A3 sheet in order to design a poster.

 

Local Councillor Laura Tull contacted our school and, having met with Mrs Hunter, has now arranged to visit The School Council on Friday 18th March in order to garner views on improvements to The Alfred Major Recreation Park. She is keen for the children's ideas and thoughts to become part of the plan and we look forward to working with her.

 

Minutes from our meeting on 26th November 2015

 

 

Following Pupil Parliament meetings, involving every single child in the school, the council met to review, collate and discuss views expressed on behaviour at Cookham Rise Primary. The debate was very interesting and the children listened respectfully to opposing views.

 

In general, the children felt that positive behaviour management is working well for most pupils and that our Golden Rules were widely understood and followed. It was thought that the reflection room has the biggest impact (working as a deterrent) for those who are rarely asked to go.

 

The children had practical suggestions to improve behaviour further, such as the KS2 children being sent out to collect items from their lockers in small groups and that children who misbehave are withdrawn from special treats.

 

The children felt that merits, nuggets, house points and public praise all helped to encourage and reward good behaviour. 

 

These ideas are to be shared with the staff by Mrs Hunter.

 

In addition, we discussed and voted for our 2 charities for the year and the most popular were Dr Barnardo's and The New Brainstorm School in Uganda.

 

Minutes of our School Council Meeting (Thursday 17th September)

 

Our new representatives met up to introduce themselves and explain what they would like

to achieve this year through our school council. There were requests for resources, ideas

for the Summer Fair, organisational changes suggested and also a simple request for

sweets.

 

We also discussed which charities to support this year and to that end, the

representatives have been asked to research ideas to bring to our next meeting.

 

Mrs Daniels had received a request from the borough for us to ‘adopt a street’ to keep

clean and tidy and suggested that the enclosed Alfred Major Park area may be a possible

location. The council voted in favour of this.

 

Finally, we assembled for a really lovely group photo.

Mrs Hunter and the School Council.

February Meeting - Minutes

 

Cookham Parish Council has asked the children to suggest ideas in order to improve Cookham over the next few years. This was discussed in Pupil Parliament and The School Council worked well to collate all of this information. We will be presenting our creative ideas at the next Cookham Parish meeting to be held in March.

 

We also discussed fund raising ideas for our two charities and, after a vote, the idea of an after school sweet stall was decided upon.

 

Finally, we turned our thoughts to Comic Relief's Red Nose day, to be held on Friday 13th March. The theme this year is secret agents and the council have asked the pupils to dress as either a secret agent, to wear red or to dress in a funny way. We're looking forward to seeing the outfits!  

December 2014 Meeting Minutes.

 

 Pupil Parliament, which comprises each child in the school organised into 7 debating groups, has recently been discussing school clubs. They suggested clubs which they would like to see set up. The school council representatives then helped to sort these suggestions.

 

Some of the suggestions were for clubs that have been up and running for some time, such as football. After comparing with the current club list, there were no less than 33 new ideas! Each of the school council representatives had 3 votes and they considered carefully where to place their votes.

 

The most popular club suggestion was for football cards and the second was for roller skating club.

 

December also saw the School Council meeting representatives from one of our charities - Re:Charge R&R in Maidenhead.

Thank You from Re:Charge R&R

Thank You from Re:Charge R&R 1 A lovely thank you letter from Georgie and Hannah.

Re:Charge visit our School Council. December 2014.

Re:Charge visit our School Council. December 2014. 1

The ladies from RE:Charge wrote us a kind email following their visit.

 

Thank you for inviting us to the carol concert this afternoon, it was a real privilege to be there and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  It was also lovely to meet up  and chat with all the pupils on the school council.  They were all very attentive and polite and very interested in what happens at the Re:Charge sessions. Please say a huge thank you to them when you meet with them again after Christmas. 

 

We hope you have a good, restful Christmas and look forward to working more closely with you all in the New Year. 
 
Kind regards
 
Georgie and Hannah

What is a School Council?

 

A school council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get involved in the way a school is run. They are made up in a number of different ways but it is usual for each year group to be represented by two children. Councillors are voted in by the other pupils and it is their responsibility to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of the pupils that they represent.

A school council benefits the whole school. It provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings to teachers and staff as well as influence decisions that are made.

A school council gives pupils the opportunity to develop skills such as confidence, negotiation, discussion and listening. All of which are skills that help explore the idea of what being a good citizen means. It is an active learning experience that is supported by P.S.H.E. lessons. The council meets once every half term. Representatives are pictured on a board in the school hall.

We support two main charities each year which are voted for by the children. We are also continually supporting Foodshare. Please see below for more information.

Our School Council 2014 - 2015

Our School Council 2014 - 2015 1

First School Council Meeting 25.9.14

 

 

We met to introduce ourselves to each other and to start the business of running the council. The children discussed which 2 charities to adopt this year and chose Africa Turns Green and Re-Charge of Maidenhead. 

 

After our group photo, we had a paired discussion on how to improve the running of lunches at school. Each representative will be discussing ideas with their own class and bring ideas to the next meeting.

 

 

Mrs Hunter

School Council Co-ordinator.  

 

 

http://www.cookhamriseprimary.org/africa-turns-green-1/

 

There is a real spirit of entrepreneurship in Africa despite the political, social and climatic challenges facing the continent. Every year, new sustainable businesses are set up, providing much needed jobs and boosting local economies. One of the key difficulties is that many eco-entrepreneurs live in remote locations and don’t have access to help and advice from other businesses. This is where Africa Turns Green can help. It aims to create a pan-African business support network for environmentally-friendly companies. For more information please click on the picture to go straight to their website or on the link to see what our school has been doing in association with Africa Turns Green.

Foodshare is a charity providing food and help for people in and around Maidenhead who cannot afford to feed themselves properly.

Our Deputy Head, Mr. Richard Rhodes, launched our school's involvement with the charity in March 2014 when Mr. Tom O'Kane visited the school for a special assembly.

 

Re:charge R&R (Restore & Revive) work with families in Maidenhead community with weekly drop in sessions at Larchfield, Furze Platt and Maidenhead town centre. Their aim is to help with parenting, stress and any difficulties with home life. All families can feel safe and supported at all their venues which are open for most weeks of the year. For more information please click on the picture to go straight to their website.


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