Our school councillors were elected way back in September and have had a very busy year. We are all very grateful for all that they have done for the school.
School Council members have shown dedication and a real maturity in the way that they have planned events and thought of ways that we can make our school the best in the land. Their first action was to write to Ms. Millerchip to ask for ketchup on a Friday to go with fish and chips day.
School council members are currently auditioning the school for our yearly talent show - I think they might even be more critical than X Factor judges!
School Council have worked with Canterbury City Council on their Clean Air initiative. School Council gave a rather thought provoking presentation in Golden Assembly explaining the dangers of pollution and our role in limiting it. They launched a competition to design a poster encouraging parents to turn off their engines when waiting to collect their children at the end of the day.
The competition winners were Harry and Isabell, both in Year 2. They were lucky enough to meet Canterbury's Sherriff and have their photograph in the local paper.
School Council particularly enjoyed being a part of the interview process for key staffing appointments made this year when they got to write and ask their own questions for the roles of Deputy Headteacher and Caretaker. Both Mrs. Brooker and Mr. Apps thought that School Council's questions were tougher than those asked by our governors! But how would you answer head scratchers such as what did you want to be when you were younger and what is your favourite joke?
Finally they school council arranged a reverse Advent calendar with donations being given to Canterbury Food Bank. Thank you to all who participated so generously to such a worthwhile cause.
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.