The Governors go on a Learning Walk with the School Council
Here are some of the things that impressed our Governors
• the confidence and friendliness of the school councillors and their obvious pride in the school
• the quality of the displays and the variety of topics
• the inspirational art work in the dining hall
• the prominence given to the success tree displayed in the corridor
• the “Magic moments” hanging in reception
• variety of charitable endeavours undertaken by the school and the information supplied by the school councillors
• the impeccable behaviour of the children, how thoroughly engaged they were in their work in every class
• the quality of work we observed as we visited different year groups
• we were able to observe the children using maths resources very effectively
• touring the school we were able to witness examples of quality teaching and the great respect the children have for their teachers
• the improvements that have been made to the school over recent years, the Early Years Department and the increased size of some of the classrooms and outdoor areas
• the genuine close bond that was obvious between staff and children right throughout the school
• the lessons we were lucky to see and the classes we visited showed the enjoyment and engagement of all the children in everything they were doing
• the teaching of other faiths right throughout the school
• I am lucky as a parent to know through my own children how good the school is and how much they actually enjoy it but to see it again first hand reaffirms it all for me.
What our School Councillors love about our school!
Owen - I’m pleased that we have a Defibrillator in school and am impressed that all staff
have been trained in how to use it, even Mrs Dowell! I like the way we are doing activities like Film nights to raise money for another defibrillator
Lottie - I am proud of how advanced our work is! I love the way our teachers push us to go further with our work and help those who need a bit more help. If someone doesn’t understand a Teacher or TA will help. All our teachers are really caring.
Elizah - I really like the new curriculum. I also love the Numicon equipment, it can help with adding and partitioning. I like using the Success criteria, it helps you to know if you’ve got something right.
Isabelle - I love how close we are as a school! In Y1 for instance everyone was sharing no one upset, or by themselves. We don’t just have English and Maths , we saw Dance in Y5, Y3 were drawing pictures in the style of Picasso, there’s a good range of subjects and activities.
Alfie - I like the way everyone looks out for each other and other people. And it’s not just in our school. When we did the Sierra Leone Fun Run we were looking out for other children around the world. We are raising money to adopt a child from Sierra Leone. I also like working with other schools and partnerships like the Strand.
“I love the football team!”
“ I like taking part in all the different activities!”
“Our school is like a family!”
“ Everyone is really helpful!”
“I don’t want to leave!!”
“We’re all together!!”
Each year our children are asked if they would like to be school councillors. They fill in an application form giving reasons why they would make a good contribution to our school as a councillor. Our school councillors this year are:
Alfie & Isabelle
Owen & Elizah
Ross & Harsha
Millie & Harry
Olivia & Anthony
Here are some quotes from the children as part of their campaign to be elected school councillor
Lottie "This year as chairperson I promise I will work hard and represent every pupil in our school. I am prepared to speak to Mrs Dowell and other members of staff on behalf of all of you."
Anthony "It sounds fun and important, I am a good listener and I would like to improve the reading area so we can access books on line."
Olivia "I have lots of ideas I would like to share. I am kind, I like to listen to other children's ideas and I would like to encourage all the children to feel happy and have a good attitude."
Harry "I listen to people's opinions and if people have hospital appointments they can go the beach."
Millie "I would like to be involved in positive changes in our school because I think that I would come up with good ideas. In each class you should have buddies to help friends and bike safety for everyone."
Ross " I would like to become confident speaking in front of other people. I am really good at following instructions and making plans with my friends. I would be good at discussing ideas."
Harsha "I would like to improve collecting litter and stuff like that. I will make sure that the school is tidy and everyone looks after the equipment and introduce more things for charity."
Owen "I like to speak and come up with ideas to make the school a better place, I come up with good ideas and listen also I want to show everyone how sensible I can be. I would change where we sit and add some bench areas and add some clubs such as (football tournament clubs). I would also like to introduce more stuff for girls."
Elizah "I would make a good school councillor because I will be a voice for our class, I will listen to and represent my classmates to the best of my ability. I would like to encourage every member of the school to have a piece of fruit or vegetable from the fruit trolley every day to keep them healthy. I will also find out what else pupils want in our school."
Alfie "I want to get involved with pupils and teachers to help all years and the school . I have the ability, I am a good listener, kind person and I am sensible and fair. To introduce a trip out to Gullivers World as a treat and bring in a girls football team so it evens out between the boys and the girls."
Isabelle "It's something I have always wanted to do. I don't give up easily, I promise all my fellow pupils that I won't give up on them ever, and I will always do my best for them. I would like to improve in our school, the school library and would like to see more children using the library. We have some wonderful books but not enough children in our school take advantage of it!"
St Robert Bellarmine has a dedicated School Council, who work hard to provide opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made.
Our motto is "We are the voice of the Children".
What do we do?
Members of the Council meet regularly with Mrs Sutton. They take part in discussions and votes and also feed back any relevant information to their class. At times they are requested to ask their class for ideas or take class votes relating to discussions by the Council.
The fantastic work of the Council
The children have already carried out some fantastic work this term, such as:
Fundraising for Sierra Leone
The council members have worked extremely hard to promote our fundraising campaign which supports our partnership school in Waterloo, Sierra Leone.
The children designed posters and worked alongside Mrs Dowell to raise awareness of their fundraising during a special whole school assembly.
Four members of the council went to Rimrose Hope Primary School to create a special video (which can be downloaded via our Podcast page). This film has been played locally to many other schools and as a result, we have received more kind donations for this worthy cause.
The children thought carefully about ways to raise money during one of their weekly meetings and then voiced their opinions to Mrs Dowell, who was delighted with their ideas.
So far, the children have raised money by:
The children will also be actively involved during our Fun Run on Friday 28th November .
The Council met in September to discuss ways to improve the reward for excellent attendance. They voiced their ideas and opinions and then presented them to Mrs Dowell. As a result, we have a new whole school reward system which means that the top 40% of pupils with the best attendance record will be taken on a special day trip to the beach at the end of the school year!
Regular and punctual attendance is an essential prerequisite to effective learning. At St Robert Bellarmine we aim to develop an ethos which demonstrates to children, parents/carers and the wider community how much we value good attendance and punctuality.
We like to recognise and reward the excellent attendance of many of our pupils and believe that the work which has been carried out by our council members will help to promote this.
Each week, results are announced during assembly and a display in the hall allows children to see which class has the best attendance record. The class with the best attendance of the week is also rewarded. Each half term, the records are taken down and the display begins again!