Our school councillors were elected in September and have already been very busy. So far they have: interviewed Deputy Headteacher candidates, interviewed caretaker candidates and most importantly wrote to Ms Millerchip to request tomato ketchup for their chips on Friday!
They also arranged a reverse Advent calendar with donations being given to Canterbury Food Bank. Thank you to all who participated in such a worthwhile cause. Look at how much our school donated.
Canterbury City Council is encouraging local children & young people, to complete their Young Residents’ Survey .
We feel it is very important that young people are given the chance to influence their local community and services in the Canterbury district including Canterbury, Herne Bay, Whitstable and surrounding rural areas.
The results from this survey will be fed back to decision-makers so that young peoples’ views and needs can be heard. Parent Support Advisor Ms Bayly says, “It's good to see children's views being canvassed in this way.”
School Council members from St Thomas’ and other the ‘EduCant’ schools in Canterbury have come up with a survey to find out which British Values are the most important to different age groups in our local community.
The outcomes of the survey were presented at a special schools’ council meeting at the Guildhall in Canterbury in February. In addition pupils created display boards about their favourite British values. The venue was provided by Matthew Archer of the Democratic Services Team, Canterbury City Council. Mr. Archer presented to the school councils who attended. He said how impressed he was by the results of the survey and the contributions made by the students.
Participating schools included: St Thomas’ Catholic Primary, St Peter’s Methodist Primary School, Blean Primary School, and Chartham Primary School.
Miss D’Agostini said, “We have been overwhelmed by the response to the pupil’s survey. It is clear that different age groups prefer different values – but the enduring ideals still hold true.”
The survey asked anonymous participants to vote on a wide selection of values including: democracy, politeness, tolerance, hard work, freedom speech and many more. Early results indicate that top of the list for adults is the NHS – a free national health service for all, closely followed by family values and good manners. The age and gender of the participants has also been recorded in order to give an intergenerational comparison of the values. The DfE has launched a consultation to promote British values in schools around the country.