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School Council

Our School Council includes elected members of each class from Year 2 to Year 6.  They meet regularly with Mrs Taylor and Mr Howe to make important decisions for our school.

School Council Members 2019-2020

Year 2  Jessica and Joshua

Year 3  Isabella and Sonny

Year 4  Jake and Lucy

Year 5  Daniel and Gabriel

Year 6  Alex, Leyla, Jayden and Alex



Anti Bullying Week 11th-15th November

Members of the School Council recently attended a meeting with Mr Howe and Mrs Taylor to discuss future events.  On Tuesday,12th November we will be marking Anti Bullying week by holding an Odd Socks Day.  This is designed to be fun and an opportunity for everyone to express themselves and celebrate diversity and individuality.  The theme for Anti Bullying week is 'Change starts with us-small change, big difference' and the councillors will deliver this important message to the children within their classes.

School Ethos

Mr Howe has spoken to the School Council about the ethos of our school and what makes Seaburn Dene Primary School unique.  Their thoughts and opinions will be included within the new school ethos statement. 

Previous School Council Achievements 2018-2019

News update

Mr Howe recently attended our meeting to ask the School Council to think about ideas for celebrating the 50th anniversary of Seaburn Dene school and also how we could improve the school environment.  The children are working very hard interviewing staff and talking to their classes about this.  Mr Howe and Mrs Taylor are looking forward to the next meeting to hear about everyone's suggestions.

Working as a team and making decisions at the Anti-Bullying Conference

Working as a team and making decisions at the Anti-Bullying Conference 1

Looking ahead

This week is Anti-Bullying Week and the children will be celebrating the theme 'Choose Respect'.  Representatives from the School Council will be attending an Anti-Bullying conference at Monkwearmouth school next week.  They will then tell the rest of the school the outcome of the conference in assembly.


Pupil Voice-Your opinions are valued

Elections have taken place and the 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 are looking forward to the challenges ahead.  Between 24th and 28th September we will be celebrating the diversity of  'Pupil Voice' and as such, the School Council will be talking to their classmates about the importance of the 'Pupil voice boxes' within each classroom.  If the children have any ideas of how we could further develop our school, or suggest topics of interest for the School Council to discuss at their next meeting, then write it on a piece of paper and pop it into the box. 

Previous School Council Achievements 2017-2018


Refuse the Straw Campaign -An update.

The School Council have met with Mrs Taylor and Mrs Tough on several occasions to discuss the next steps in our campaign.  They have been working very hard to produce posters and petitions and have decided to take these into local businesses to persuade them to stop using plastic straws.  We would like to say a big thank you to parents who have offered to support the children in this.  Unfortunately, Muller, the company who provide our milk in school have not responded to our letter.  However, in line with our school ethos, the councillors are determined to continue with the campaign!  We will keep you informed of developments.

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

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.

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.  

Suggestion box

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. 

Poetry Competition

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.