Our School Council represents the views of all our pupils. It gives children the opportunity to make their voices heard and feel part of the whole school community.
They organise events to raise money for the school and for charity. They help with interviewing new staff by preparing questions and giving feedback to the interview panel. Our School Council also help us to improve and develop our school through discussions about the opportunities we provide.
Academic Year 2018-2019
Our Year 2 School Councillors met to discuss the CaCOT Forum they attended before Christmas, so that they can feed back to the whole school in assembly. Children at the forum came up with a range of ideas of what schools can do to help with problems of worry and anxiety, and then voted on their favourite ideas. The three suggestions with the most votes were:
1 - Having more outside lessons
2 - Having time for mindfulness or arts and crafts every day
3 - Having a worry box or bag in school
Our Year 2 School Councillors represented Westmeads at the CACoT forum at Swalecliffe in November. The event gave children, parents and governors the opportunity to discuss the CACot Trust Board's future plans and to share ideas around the topic of wellbeing. Our School Councillors enjoyed the experience and had some excellent discussions with representatives from other schools in the area. Thanks also to the parents who came along to contribute their ideas.
Children in Need
Our fundraising day for Children in Need was a great success. The School Council decided we should ask for book donations and then have a book sale. As well as wearing pyjamas to school for the day everybody bought a book in the book sale. We raised a fantastic £276.20 for Children in Need!
The School Councillors had a busy first meeting, discussing plans for Children in Need and designing our new Attendance Ted. They decided that to raise money for Children in Need we would wear pyjamas to school and hold a book sale.
Our new Attendance Ted will be joining Westmeads soon!
Academic Year 2017 - 2018
Our Year 2 members of the School Council visited Herne Bay High School on the 28th June to take part in a School Parliament with the theme ‘Young Healthy Minds’. They took part in lots of activities, including yoga and learning about online safety, with other schools from the Coastal Alliance.
Term 5 - April 2018
We went on a walk around the school to see if there were any areas that we thought could be improved. We talked about finding a quiet space on the playground if you feel a bit poorly and don't want to runaround. We are going to raise money to buy a reading shed. It costs about £500. We can put cushions and books and comics in there too.
We are going to organise a Bring and Buy sale of toys and books to try and raise the money.
Spring Term - February 2018
We met to discuss the school lunches and what we think of them. We really like them but we understand it is always difficult to make everyone happy with their food every day! It is good to be able to choose a jacket potato if we aren't keen on the other choices.
The kitchen ladies and lunchtime supervisors look after us well and we enjoy playing the games that they organise too!
Term 2 - November 2017
Sam, Flora and Hal visited Swalecliffe Primary School to share their ideas about how Westmeads can further contribute to the work of the Coastal Alliance Cooperative Trust (CACoT). They had great fun meeting with the school councillors from other schools in Whitstable and Herne Bay. They even had time for a drink, a biscuit and a playtime!
We also found out about what the children think about the school meals at Westmeads and also discovering what the children really like about their school. This is so that the School Council can represent Westmeads at a School Parliament meeting on 30th November for the school councils from the Coastal Alliance Cooperative Trust (CACoT). We are looking forward to sharing our ideas and seeing what other schools say too!
Term 1 - September 2017
We began the year by congratulating our new members who were voted to represent their class. After being presented with their badges and talking about their roles, we voted for our first important decision. What would be the focus for the Children in Need event on Friday 17th November. To have some fun we voted on a 'Crazy Hair Day' with children (and staff) contributing at least £1 to this worthwhile charity.
We raised a fantastic £229.43 for Children in Need. Thank you for your donations!
Academic Year 2016 - 2017
Our School Council members 2016-17
Term 2 - November 2016
The School Council took a cheque for £532.17 to the Whitstable Umbrella Centre. This was a fantastic amount raised by the school children who took part in the Harvest Challenge.
Term 1 - September 2016
During Term 1 the new School Council were voted for by their classes. We met and talked about the things we really liked about Westmeads and the things that we thought could be even better!
The children also decided how we were going to raise money for Children in Need after half term. They had lots of great ideas like a 'wearing spots' day and a 'bring your teddy to school' day. However, it was put to the vote and the Council decided unanimously to have a 'wear your pyjamas to school' day!
Look for the photos and the amount raised in the 'Photo Gallery' section and on the class pages.
Academic Year 2015 - 2016
Term 4 - February 2016
Our new playground equipment arrived and we really enjoyed demonstrating how to use it safely and sensibly to the rest of the school. We really hope that everyone enjoys using it!
Term 3 - January 2016
This term we have been spending money! We had some money donated to us by a local estate agent and we also won £100 from Kent County Supplies. We have chosen some new toys and equipment for the playground. We had an exciting time unpacking them and will be telling the rest of the school about it in assembly.
Term 2 - November 2015
The Bring and Buy sale organised by the School Council to raise money for Children in Need was a great success. We had great fun bringing in our old books and toys and then buying some new ones. The sale raised a wonderful £308 to help children in the UK and across the world. Well done everybody!
Term 1 - September 2015
The classes have chosen some new members of the School Council for this academic year. We have met to discuss what being a school councillor means and are busy planning our first fundraising event 'Children in Need.'
Academic Year 2014 - 2015
Term 5 and 6 2015
We helped to decide which design we liked best for the new playground trail. There were 3 designs to choose from.
We also wrote letters to thank Chris Cook for his visit and to the Rotary Club of Whitstable who kindly donated £1000 for our playground project!
Term 4 2015
This term we were involved in helping to interview new teachers for our school! We thought of questions we would like to ask and then met with each candidate to ask our questions. It was good fun and we are pleased to be involved in deciding who works in our school.
We also went to our Coastal Alliance 'School Council Parliament' at the Community College Whitstable. The theme was 'Understanding and Respecting Others' and we learnt all about other faiths and cultures and how important it is not to judge anyone by their religion, beliefs or on how they look.
It was great to be involved with other local schools but the best part was tasting all the foods from different countries. We especially liked the spicy Nigerian rice!
Term 3 January 2015
This term we looked at how we could improve our school grounds, especially the wooden trail. We hardly get to use it during the winter as it is so muddy! We have looked at some catalogues and selected some new equipment that we would like. Now we have to see what can fit in to the space and find the best new safe surface which stays mud-free.
The pictures below show us looking at the site.
Term 2 November 2014
This term we are thinking about which charities we would like to raise some money for and what our 'Children in Need' money raiser will be! Watch this space to find out more...
...the School Council met to decide on our theme for Children in Need and decided that they would like everyone to dress up as a 'Superhero!' They have written a letter to tell everyone all about it.
There are some pictures in the 'gallery' section; we had lots of fun!
Term 1 September 2014
Our new School Councillors for 2014/15 have been chosen. The first thing we did was have our photographs taken for the noticeboard and have a look around the school to decide what we really like and what we think could be improved.
We take back information from our meetings and discuss the ideas with our classes.
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