19 September 2017
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School Council and Pupil Voice

The School Council

We have a vibrant School Council at Claremont School and all classes from Year 2 upwards are represented. They hold monthly meetings where they decide on the priorities for the coming weeks and discuss any issues the children feel need to be discussed. Issues may be requests from their class members for a new club, new ideas for how to look after our school, and everyone in it, or any worries or concerns their class may have raised. This past year they have focussed on lunchtimes. The School Council were actively involved in tasting the new lunches as well as sending representatives to a Fair Trade breakfast meeting and, as a result, have requested Fair trade food whenever possible at lunchtime. The children have also been involved in purchasing and organising extra play equipment for the longer lunch play and look for feedback about lunchtimes so that they can inform staff including Mrs Saunders our Senior Midday supervisor. The School Council have invited Mrs Crockett to some of their meetings and have had lunch with the Governors. Children have organised a singing competition which will take place in Term 6. Every October they hand over to the newly elected School Council who will carry on representing the children in the school.

Pupil Voice

At Claremont we believe that everyone’s voice should be heard. We actively encourage the children to be involved in this and, as a result, have an active School Council, and an ethos whereby children are encouraged to voice any concerns or requests. We have an annual Pupil Survey as well as Pupil Conferencing of representatives from each class. We take what is said very seriously and, whenever possible, act upon it. This year the children informed us that they enjoyed the ‘Theme Days ‘ and this has led to the staff looking at incorporating these even more into the curriculum. The School Council also requested that we have a ‘Worry Box’ available to everyone so that children can privately raise any concerns and staff are ensuring one is available to their class/year group. Children feeling that have a voice is all part of making them feel safe, happy, secure and therefore ready to learn.

School Charities

Each year the school chooses charities to support. This year, we voted for three charities from a total of 15 that were put forward by children, parents and staff. We are looking forward to supporting these charities over the next year:

Cancer Research: Cancer Research funds scientists, doctors and nurses to identify new and improved treatments for a wide range of cancers. Funding 4,000 researchers in the UK, Cancer Research has contributed to the fact that cancer survival rates are steadily improving and have doubled in the last forty years.
The charity also has a policy development team which develops evidence-based policy that informs Government in its policy-making and decisions relating to cancer and
research. A final aspect of the charity’s work is the provision of clear information to the public about different types of cancer.
You can find out more at www.cancerresearchuk.org

The Folly Wildlife Trust: Situated locally in Broadwater Forest, the Folly Wildlife Trust rescues and rehabilitates wild animals that have been injured or abandoned. They work throughout West Kent and East Sussex. Every year, thousands of wildlife casualties are treated after being injured in accidents involving some
form of human activity, such as entanglement in plastic netting, fencing or fishing line, road traffic accidents or injury caused by garden machinery to name just a few. The Trust also specializes in the hand-rearing of mammals,including hedgehogs, badgers, foxes, mice, rabbits and even deer, as well as over two thousand nestling and fledgling birds of all species.

You can find out more at www.follywildliferescue.org.uk

The World Wildlife Fund for Nature: The World Wildlife Fund works around the world to protect endangered habitats and animals. Its work focuses in 6 key areas:
  • Ensuring that the populations of 10 of the world’s most threatened species are safeguarded.
  • Increasing the area of forests and oceans that are effectively managed and protected.
  • Ensuring that four of the world’s great rivers – the Yangtze, Mekong, Ganges and Amazon – have secured or improved flows, and that UK rivers are restored.
  • Working to radically change the timber and seafood sectors in the UK.
  • Aiming to shift energy policy and reduce carbon emissions to avoid the impact of climate change.
  • Ensuring that the true value of nature is reflected in political and economic decision-making.
You can find out more at www.wwf.org.uk

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