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School Council

Our School Council has 22 members, two children from each key stage 1 and key stage  2 class, led by Miss Besely. The children are elected to the School Council by their peers. They take whole school issues and ideas from their own class and feed them into the School Council. They also share ideas and decisions from School Council with their class. Decisions made within School Council can, and do, have a real impact on the rest of the school.

 

Tudor's school council is an important and useful way to provide leadership and development opportunities for our pupils. School council is a great way for students to take on leadership roles, promote the voice of the student body, problem-solve and impact their community

 

 

Our School Council aims to encourage our children to:

  • Develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities
  • Prepare them to play an active role as citizens
  • Develop healthy, safer lifestyles
  • Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people
  • To have a “voice” and to share their opinions and ideas with others

 

Do you know who your school councillor is?

 

What ideas do you have to improve our school?

Meet Our School Council Reps for 2022-2023

 

 

School Council Projects

Summer Term 2 Project 2023

 

When St Georges heard how much the school council has done and about our achievements, Rev Ramsey invited the school council to the Wolfe Fields Nature Reserve. It was an amazing day here. This nature reserve is solely built by volunteers in the local community. Other schools have also been part of t and have created some amazing artwork, (an owl model and Noah’s ark model made all out of canned drinks and food.

At the reserve, we learned about how we can be more sustainable at home by growing our own fruit trees. We even got to pick berries, plums, and apples from the tree to take them home with us.

We looked at the sensory garden and learned how the sounds of nature can guide us and learned about mindfulness. Having a clean environment earns we are welcoming more wildlife into the community and this way the animals also feel safe and enjoy the nature around us.

We looked at the bee hut, where bees produced their own honey and the church then uses this to distribute to families and gatherings at the church.

We learned how recycled material can be used to create your own garden and help attract biodiversity in your local area. The children had to identify different insects around the reserve, from ladybirds, and bees, to tadpoles, and frogs, and even did a bit of bird watching.

 

We smelt and felt different plants that can be used to make tea at home, cakes, and various textures of leaves and their purpose.

 

This was a great way for our school council to end the year.

Summer Term 1 Project 2023

In the summer term, we wanted the school council to continue to reduce our theme on carbon footprint.

Children did a survey at home with their families, to show how many of their family members reduce, reuse and recycle at home. Children carried out a home recycling survey. The results showed that not many parents recycled at home, due to not having enough recycling bins at home or because families were just not aware. The children then encourage their families to take part in recycling but ask their families to help them create posters at home of their own monster recycling bins.

The members created some lovely posters and even characterise their recycling bins so that they could engage more people around the school and at home to keep on recycling.

The posters also summarised our three ‘R’s Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The children have been using this and reminding children in class why saving energy and keeping our environment clean is beneficial to everyone.

All our work is displayed in our school council journal which is kept in the main office.

Planet Mark Eden Project 2 

 

The school council has been working very hard to become 'sustainability superstars'. The children took part in an all-day session with Planet Mark on Wednesday 15th March. The three sessions the pupils to look at the issues of climate change and investigate the different roles and ways of responding to how we can make a change. The children briefly reviewed the science of climate change – the root cause of the problem and the likely impacts. We also discussed how our own behaviour influences what other people do and that by working together we can demand that governments and businesses also take action and effect real change.

 

The children discussed how rainforests are linked to our lives and why should we care about their fate. This workshop addressed these questions and looks at how the actions that we take can affect the indigenous people of the rainforest and, in turn, the future of the rainforests themselves.

Through each workshop, the children created some amazing work including their own domino affect chart on the changes we can make to help the environment.

 

School Council Sustainable Planet Mark Project 1

 

The School council reps have been very busy working hard to ensure that we are all doing our bit to lower our carbon footprint, our aim for this year is to become an eco-school. 

 

In January 2023 the children made a pledge to show how we care for our community, care for each other, and the steps we are taking as a school to become more environmentally friendly. 

 

Our pledge consists of the following 6 points;

 

Care—we show care in school, play leaders, and school council reps. We also care for the environment around us and keep our classes clean. We care for ourselves by, making good choices, eating healthily, wearing clean and dressing well when at school. We care about nature with lots of Forest school events taking place, local walks, and looking after the school plants. 


 Learn— through learning we evolve and create more ideas. We have created a learning journal for our sustainable project. Here you can see what the school council has done so far and what we have learned about the world, this has been done through geography lessons, sugar smart, farming, healthy choices in PHSE, and healthy eating.


 Reduce—We have stopped plastic water bottles from being brought into school. We have asked all staff and pupils to only bring in reusable water bottles to school, this is more cost-effective but also helps us reduce plastic waste. The school council children have been doing a tally chart on a weekly basis and recording this on our eco journal to see which class is doing their part and keeping waste to a minimum. 


 Recycle—there are now recycle bins in each classroom for paper waste, do you know that Nursery are always looking for scrap paper so why not share resources that we don’t want anymore. Or we can take scrap paper home it will encourage us to write, draw or get creative at home.


 Eat—Tudor Primary school is now a Meat Free Monday school. our Monday dinner menu consists of vegan and new vegetarian dishes. Having at least one plant-based day a week is a fun and easy way to do something good for the planet and our future. Meat Free Monday is a great initiative to encourage pupils and staff to have a healthier diet, save animals and the planet and at least once a week. 


 Travel—the JTA’s have been working on reducing the carbon footprint around the area of the school, Tudor road will now be monitored by a camera, and it will not let any vehicles drive down the road from 8.30am and 3.pm, this will help reduce daily school rush, make it safe for us to come to school and the air quality. We have had air quality lessons and lessons on being more active

 

 

At the end of the first Spring Term the school council became a member of Planet Mark. Planet Mark is a sustainability certification that verifies and measures carbon and social data to reduce emissions around our school and this helps us to do our part in saving the planet. At Tudor, we are starting off small by implementing a 'switch off' campaign. We are encouraging all staff and pupils to switch off any appliances and lights when a classroom is not in use. We then sent our school energy bills from last year to Planet Mark, and we are happy to announce that we are now a Planet Mark-certified organisation.  Tudors Primary School’s total carbon footprint was 108.4 tCOe and the relative carbon footprint was 0.2 tCOe per pupil and staff. 

 

School Council Biodiversity Project 2022-2023

The school council will be monitoring waste in all classrooms, the children have decided that no more plastic is allowed in school, children should be bringing in re-usable water bottles to reduce waste. We also have meat free Mondays and everyone is to recycle paper. the council members will be monitoring on a weekly basis and record the findings in our biodiversity journal. 

School Council Spring 2022 Project

February 2022 - Tudor’s school councilors have been working very hard on their sustainability project. Since 2020 the school council have learnt a lot about how to keep the environment safe and do their part in helping reduce their carbon footprint. After tie-dying their t-shirts with natural ingredients, the children have now been working on how we as a school can do our part by reducing traffic and cars to school, working alongside the JTA’s.

 

The Children wanted to make a statement and we had the chance to create a mural and our own logo to show how we care about the environment. The children also wanted to show how Tudor cares for their environment so the councillors had an opportunity to create their own logo to represent how recycling is important and this incorporated in our new colourful mural on the school grounds to reflect that the environment around us.   

School Council Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle Sustainability Project Part 3

School Council Sustainability Project Part 2 17th June 2021; School Council children from years 1-6 started their new project on sustainability. We were lucky to have a special visitor to the school, Miss Shah, who has carried out numerous projects on sustainability to do this amazing workshop with our children.  Ms Besely and Miss Shah. showed the children how we can reuse, repurpose and recycle clothing, the theme this week is being able to recycle fashion.

 

Children took part in a tie-dye activity, children brought in their old t-shirts and we repurposed these by tie-dying with natural products which are safe for the environment.  For our dye we used vegetables such as beetroot, red cabbage and turmeric powder.  Children learnt that tie-dying using natural products are environmentally friendly and this way we can also reuse our old vegetables instead of throwing it away.

 

Vegetables were boiled using hot water and salt. We let the water sit for an hour to cool down and children then dyed their t-shirts. Presentation on the 7 R’s (Recycle, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Re-sale. Recover.) was also presented to the children about how sustainability can be part of our everyday lives and children took part in a Q&A task.  The school councilors enjoyed the second part of our sustainability project, and they were very pleased with their new repurposed t-shirts.

School Council Sustainability Project Part 2 17th June 2021; 7 R's Presentation!

School Council Sustainability Project 2021 Part 1 10th June 2021 -

School Council Sustainability Project 2021 Part 1 10th June 2021 -

 

The School councilors have been very busy learning about sustainability. Our first lesson consisted of the pupils hearing and learning about the key sustainability terms. Teach pupils to take ownership of their carbon footprint. Alongside teaching these Reduce, Reuse, Recycle lessons, pupils each week came up with their own ideas on what they wanted to teach and learn from the other school council children. Priyanka and Dhanveer worked extremely hard in creating a great PowerPoint presentation on how we as a school can reduce our carbon footprint and what is sustainability. Priyanka and Dhanveer show cased their presentation to each class in KS2, about how they have been growing their own plants and what they have been learning about sustainability!