School Council Members 2017-2018
Year 2 Ethan and Orlaith
Year 3 Charlotte and Oliver
Year 4 Alfie and Lola
Year 5 Frances and Josh
Year 6 Bruce, Emily, Trudy and Vinny
Refuse The Straw Campaign
Our school has a mission to reduce the use of plastic straws in the community and the School Council have taken action!
Children at Seaburn Dene are particularly fascinated by the environment and are shocked by films and photographs of the way in which our lifestyles damage the earth and creatures within it. We have looked at one little step we can take to reduce the waste we produce and it's to Refuse the Straw. In school our milk is delivered to the Nursery and Reception classes in small cartons. Miss Purdy and the councillors have worked out that, in our school alone, each year we are using over 7,000 plastic straws which end up in the waste bin. Imagining that every primary school in Sunderland uses around the same number, this is about 562,000 straws each year. Our mission is to make the world a better place for citizens of the future by helping to reduce the number of plastic straws entering landfill or ending up in the ocean. The School Council have already written a very persuasive letter to Muller milk, who our suppliers buy their milk from, to request that they change the plastic straws that come with the milk to paper straws. Good news last week is that Costa will be no longer using plastic straws so the School Council are keen to change this in all Sunderland schools too.
Anti-Bullying Week 13th-17th November 2017
After attending the annual Anti-Bullying Conference the School Council were well equipped to talk to their peers about aspects of bullying. They visited classes and also shared information from the school's Anti-Bullying leaflet for children, written and reviewed by former School Councillors.
Anti-Bullying Conference 2017
Earlier this term representatives from the School Council attended an Anti-Bullying Conference at Monkwearmouth School. The children learned about diversity in preparation for Anti-Bullying week in November when we will be celebrating what makes us'All different,all equal'.
Pupil voice-Your opinions are valued
Elections have taken place and our new councillors are proudly wearing their badges. We have had our first meeting and the children are already taking their roles and responsibilities very seriously and looking forward to the challenges ahead. We have introduced 'Pupil Voice' boxes into all classes so that children can put notes in that say how they would like to further improve our school. For example, some children want goal posts to be put into the yard so that they can be used for football, instead of cones. The Year 6 councillors have spoken to our PE coordinators, Mr Ashton and Mr Traves and have looked through catalogues to compare costs in order to find the cheapest option. They plan to write to Miss Purdy to persuade her to buy them for the school. Well done Bruce, Emily, Trudy and Vinny. Finally, if anyone has any suggestions, ideas or topics of interest for the School Council to discuss please write a note and pop it into the 'Pupil Voice' box in your classroom. Thank you.
Previous School Council Achievements 2016-2017
School Council Elections-A message from Mrs Taylor
Elections for our new School Council will take place before the holidays. Two children from each class (Y2 to Y6) will be elected to begin their duties in the Autumn term. Representatives from the School Council talked to the children in assembly today to explain the election process and to describe their roles and responsibilities. I would like to take the opportunity to thank our present councillors for their dedication and hard work this year. Well done everyone! Sadly we also say goodbye to our present Y6 councillors as they leave Seaburn Dene for pastures new. Good luck Daniel, Jamie, Lily and Sarah.
Healthy tuck shop
Miss Bliss invited a representative from a company called 'Fruit to suit' to talk to the School Council about the possibility of setting up a healthy tuck shop. The councillors enjoyed sampling healthy snacks and became business managers, even having to fill in a product research sheet. Favourites included spicy noodles and apple crisps amongst others! The children were enthused and George commented that it was the best meeting he had ever been to! The children decided that the tuck shop was a good idea because it would encourage pupils to try new healthy drinks and snacks and at the same time could inspire classes to run the tuck shop as a business enterprise. Miss Bliss volunteered to speak to Mrs Houston about the venture with the possibility that Year 5 may run the tuck shop in the Autumn term. More details to follow. The School Council spoke to the children about their ideas in assembly today.
Anti bullying Ambassadors
We are delighted that the Governors have approved the revised Anti bullying policy and children's leaflet. The School Council have worked very hard to review the policy with support from Mrs Taylor. Well done everyone! The children also continue their work as 'Anti bullying Ambassadors' and have had opportunities to discuss different types of bullying and explore reasons why people are likely to bully. The councillors have shared this information in assemblies.
Our School Vision
Miss Purdy talked to the School Council today about their vision of our school. She presented an acrostic version which spelled out 'Seaburn Dene',with each letter beginning a new statement. The children were happy with the vision and Miss Purdy will now share this with the Governors. Miss Purdy has also asked the children to think about what 'outstanding teaching and learning' looks like at Seaburn Dene. By speaking to the School Council this ensures that children's opinions are valued and responded to. We are delighted that some of their ideas have been included in the new school vision statement. This document can be read in the 'About Us' section of the website.
Science at Seaburn Dene
Mrs Wilson, our Science Coordinator, has been working with the School Council to find out about science teaching and learning in our school. Since the last meeting, they feel that lessons are more interactive and exciting and that children and teachers enjoy science so much that they can't wait for the next lesson! Mrs Wilson and Mrs Taylor were very impressed by their honesty and enthusiasm when talking about their experiences of science. Well done everyone!
Book exchange on World Book Day-Thursday 2nd March
A reminder for pupils in Foundation Stage to Year 6. The School Council have organised a book exchange to take place on World Book Day. If you have any unwanted children's books please bring them into school and place them in the box provided in your classroom. Children who have donated a book will be given a token to exchange for another book. If a child brings in two books they will be given two tokens and so on.
Sarah, Lily and George talked to the children in assembly this week about a new 'suggestion box'. This will be situated on the stage in the main hall. If anyone has any suggestions, ideas or topics of interest for the School Council to discuss at their meetings, please write it on a post it note or folded piece of paper and post it in the box. Thank you.
Primary Science Quality Mark
Mrs Wilson, our Science Coordinator, has undertaken a survey with representatives from the School Council to find out whether children enjoy their experiences of science in school. This evidence will provide a starting point for self-assessment to help to identify issues or successes in areas which will be addressed in an action plan. She asked them questions such as 'What do you like/dislike about science?' and 'How could your teacher/school improve science?' This discussion will provide important evidence towards an application for the Primary Science Quality Mark and will also ensure that children's opinions are valued and responded to.
The School Council talked to the children in assembly today about a competition to write a poem about Anti bullying. The judges are looking for a poem that gives a clear message about bullying, for example, what it feels like to be bullied, being a bystander or how to combat bullying. The lucky winner will receive an ipad presented by the Mayor of Sunderland at an Anti bullying celebration event in February 2017. The entries will be published in a booklet that will be sent to every school in Sunderland. The closing date for the competition is 9th December 2016 so entries will need to be given to Mrs Taylor and the School Council by 6th December at the latest for posting. Please ensure that your name, age and name of school is clearly written on the back of the entry. Good luck!
The Seaburn Dene way
This week Mr Howe attended our meeting to arrange a convenient time to talk to the School Council about their vision of Seaburn Dene Primary School. The Senior Management team have already discussed this and would value the opinions of the councillors. Mr Howe asked the councillors to think about what our school represents and come up with some words and phrases to describe this.
Anti Bullying Week 14th-18th November
Last week the School Council met with Mrs Taylor to discuss plans for Anti bullying week. On Monday they talked to the children in assembly about Cyber bullying and shared information from the Anti bullying conference they attended. The theme for Anti bullying week is 'Power for Good' as we all have the power to stop bullying. The councillors will be delivering this important message to the children in their classes this week. They will also be launching a competition to redesign the cover of the children's Anti bullying leaflet.
Anti Bullying Conference 2016
Several councillors recently attended an Anti bullying conference with Mrs Taylor at Monkwearmouth Academy. They listened to a presentation about Cyber bullying and took part in informative workshops. They became 'Risk Factor Judges' in order to assess the risks of certain 'apps' while using mobile technologies and social networking websites. The councillors gave up a morning of their holidays to attend this conference and teachers and pupils from other local schools gave them a round of applause for their dedication. Well done everyone, we are proud of you!
Members of the School Council attended a meeting with Mrs Taylor to share ideas and discuss future events. One of their first important tasks will be to read and review the Anti-bullying leaflet before presenting this to the Governors for approval.
Previous School Council Achievements 2015-2016
Summer term 2016
Elections are taking place and we are all looking forward to finding out who our new School Councillors will be. Our Year 6 Councillors have recently spoken to our Year 2 children about the roles and responsibilities of being a member of the School Council. They also took the opportunity to explain our Anti-bullying policy and distribute informative leaflets. Mrs Cruddas commented that the children were very excited by the election process and was impressed with the enthusiasm of our Year 6 Councillors. Well done Lloyd, Leo, Kate and Tilly.
ARTS MARK DECISION-January 2016
Seaburn Dene Primary School has a long tradition of excelling in the arts. Drama, music, art and dance are all significant features of our school so we investigated renewing our Arts Mark status. Having been awarded gold standard twice, we are confident that it would be renewed at this level. However the application was to cost the school between £500 and £800. Added to which, staff would need to attend courses with the cost of supply cover at £180 a day. For a school with a very tight budget this seemed a lot of money.
Yesterday I asked the School Council to consider the issue. Should we reapply for Arts Mark gold, which is very prestigious for the school, or should we spend the money on children in the form of an arts specialist or visiting author? Today Lloyd reported back on behalf of the School Council. The issue was discussed thoroughly then a decision made that the money is better spent on an event for the school rather than given to an organisation to receive a badge. The School Council believe that we can let people outside know how fantastic our Arts opportunities are in other ways.
We will begin our search for a really worthwhile visitor to support children's learning in the Arts.
Anti-bullying policy-December 2015
In 2015 the School Council worked with Mrs. Taylor to write an Anti-bullying policy and also designed an informative leaflet for parents and children. Representatives from the School Council presented the Anti-bullying policy to Miss Purdy and the Governors at a meeting in December. The Governors were impressed with their enthusiastic delivery and dedicated approach to Anti-bullying at Seaburn Dene. Well done Leo, Tilly and Kate our Anti-bullying Superheroes and congratulations to the School Council for all their hard work. The policy can be downloaded from the Key Information section on the website.