Congratulations to our School Council Class Representatives 2019 - 2020
Minutes of the meeting - Friday 4th October 2019
I started by congratulating all the class representatives for being voted on to the council by their peers. We then discussed the purpose and scope of the school council. The children would like to make Cookham Rise Primary even better and to select a charity to support this year.
After our group photo, we started making decisions. The council would like the school to hold a "Mufti" (non school uniform) day for Children in Need on Friday 18th November. We would welcome a minimum donation of £1 per child in return for dressing in pyjamas, sports wear or any other choice.
Finally the representatives were set a research task. They are each going to consult with their class and then bring a suggestion for a charity to champion. After listening to each other's views, we will hold a vote to select one at the next meeting.
Mrs Hunter and The School Council.
Round up news: July 2019
Cancer Research Sponsored run
In the Spring term, the entire school supported our sponsored run on Catherine Barrett's Way. The children counted their own laps and each class took it turn to complete as many laps as possible in a 20 minute period. We were kindly supported by the local Cancer Research champions who came to a launch assembly and presented a certificate after the event. The staff, children and parents were whole heartedly behind our venture and we raised an incredible
End of year reflections from our wonderful School Council Representatives (2018 - 2019)
We celebrated our year with a chocolate biscuits and a reflective chat -
School Council "...is fun. You raise money and you give money to charities"
"It's a privilege to be in it"
Advice to the next School Council Representatives... "Don't be afraid with choosing a charity"
We raised a magnificent £226.67 for Children In Need day on 16th November.
Many thanks for your kind donations.
The School Council
Minutes of our School Council meeting - 16.11.18
The primary purpose of our meeting was to select charities to support over the course of the year. Some of the older representatives explained the history of our support for 'New Brainstorm School' in Uganda and the children voted to continue supporting this venture. The children then made a case for other charities to be considered. They were Cancer Research and Homes for the Homeless. In pairs, the children debated their merits and in a close vote of 8 to 6, Cancer Research was duly chosen.
Following this, the children had an opportunity to discuss Jigsaw, our Life Skills / PSHE programme, which is taught across the school. Here is some of the feedback -
"I like celebrating differences form all around the world" (year 3)
"The structure's solid....it's a perfect technique. It's in the right order" (year 5)
"It's my favourite lesson because it controls my attitudes" (year 3)
"We've been doing anti - bullying and making posters (such as) 'If you have a negative mind, then you'll never have a positive life.'" (year 6)
"It's one of my favourite lessons. You calm down, when the teacher plays the chime bars" (at the start of each session, to focus the mind) (Year 4)
At the next meeting, children will suggest ways of fund raising for our charities.
Mrs Hunter and The School Council
School Council Meeting Minutes
We met as a team to debate and select a way of fund raising for our two chosen charities this year - The Greyhound Trust and New Brainstorm School. In small groups, the children came up with a whole host of ideas for after school stalls...l including -
books / soft toys / cakes / colouring books / second hand clothes / sweets / puzzles / teddies.
After some discussion and tallying of ideas, we realised that the most popular suggestions were for cakes, sweets and second hand soft toys which are still in good condition. During week commencing 30th April, we will be asking parents to kindly donate cakes and soft toys and I'll produce the sweets! Our stall will be open in the playground after school on Friday 4th May, run by the school council. We look forward to seeing you there,
with many thanks,
Mrs Hunter and The School Council
School Council Meeting - minutes
Friday 23rd February 2018
Minutes of our meeting 24.11.17
The children arrived with thoughts about which charities they would like to support this year and explained their choices with great enthusiasm and respect for each other's ideas. We decided that we would happily continue to support New Brainstorm School and so then set about casting two votes each to determine our second charity.
The results for the nominated charities were as follows -
Shelter - 4
Battersea cats and dogs home - 6
RSPCA - 4
Cancer Research - 3
Toilet Twinning - 4
Greyhound Trust - 9 (our winner)
We meet again early next term to learn about a mini project of supporting the NSPCC's "Speak Out" campaign and to organise dates and times for other fundraising ideas.
Mrs Hunter and The School Council.
Minutes of our first meeting of the new academic year
The children introduced themselves and took the decision that they would like the school to support Pudsey Bear's Children In Need day on Friday 17th November. They suggested that children could wear football kits, pyjamas or any non school uniform clothes of their choice. As ambassadors, they each had a Pudsey sticker.
After taking a group photo, the children split into 3 mixed aged groups to discuss what they'd like to achieve from being on the council this year. Suggestions included supporting New Brainstorm School, encouraging more outdoor learning, holding an ice cream stall or a free money stall, promoting more academic competitions and developing teamwork. Some representatives felt that their personal confidence in speaking in front of others would improve as a result of the experience of School Council.
Mrs Hunter and the new School Council.
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.
Total raised (to be shared between Wateraid and The New Brainstorm School)
Many thanks, once again, to everyone who made this possible.
Minutes of our first meeting
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 -
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.
School Council Supporter.
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.
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
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.
The ladies from RE:Charge wrote us a kind email following their visit.
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.
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.
School Council Co-ordinator.
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.