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Mellor Community Primary School

School Council

Meet the Team

We are Mellor’s School Council and represent each of the classes in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. At the start of the year, we were elected by other children in our class. We did a presentation to share why we would be an ideal class representative and our classmates voted us in.
We take a lead on fundraising at the school. This includes making decisions on which charities we support, think of ways to fundraise and raise awareness of the impact of the charities.
School Council meet regularly and we take ideas and questions from our classmates to our meetings and feedback following them. We listen to other children in the school and use pupil voice to affect change.

School Councillors 23-24 (ID 1282)

Report to Governors

Spring Term 23/24

We worked with the Creativity Council to create art work that was displayed at the Freedom of Expression exhibition at Highcross. We thought about what makes a happy family and painted our ideas onto a table and chairs. We achieved a certificate for the Arts Award Explore.

We take a lead on fundraising and the non-uniform day for the charity Anti-Bullying Alliance raised £445. This was around Anti-Bullying week and we presented important messages to other children in assemblies. Children and adults came to school dressed in their favourite colours. We also chose to support NSPCC’s Number Day. We asked everyone to come to school wearing a number and there were lots of fun number activities in classes. In assemblies, we learnt more about NSPCC and we raised £411.

We were asked by Bhav to find out about the popular items on our school dinner menu. We decided on how to collect the information and this was passed onto the catering company. There was also a week when the kitchen cooked curries using new recipes and we collected the views of our classes and reported their preferences.

Autumn Term 23/24 

We were elected by other children to be the School Council reps for our classes. We have attended meetings and our aim this year is to have a positive impact on the school community and beyond.
We are working with the Creativity Council to create an Art exhibition that will be displayed at Highcross. This is for a charity called Living Without Abuse. We thought about what makes a happy family and our ideas have been used by an artist to plan the work. We are excited about creating the art work.
We had a visit from our local MP, Claudia Webbe. It was an opportunity for us to ask her questions about her role and we found out about her proudest achievement as a politician, the challenges she has faced on her journey and how she has overcome these and we also got some advice to further our interest in helping the community.
We take a lead on fundraising and the non-uniform day for Jeans for Genes day raised £475. In Autumn 2, we have chosen to support the charity Anti-Bullying Alliance and have asked children and staff to come to school dressed in their favourite colours.
Finally, we will be delivering important messages through our Anti-Bullying campaign. We will present Anti-Bullying assemblies to other children in phase assemblies and also promote Odd Socks day to raise awareness of Anti-Bullying Week 2023.

Summer Term 22/23

School Council have carried our further work in the calm area. Bhav made two benches for the calm area and we decided to name these as the Kindness and Friendship benches. We thought of words that could be written on the benches and were involved in painting the benches.

We have chosen to support Cancer Research UK. We organised a Race at our Place and classes were timetabled to enjoy the race on the school field. We were excited because parents and carers joined us at school for the race. Children collected sponsorship for this important cause and the current total stands at £3,500. This year, the money we raised will be used for research at Leicester University and we learnt about the different types of cancer research carried out at our local university.

A local Police Officer, PC Dipti Manani will be visiting Mellor and delivering an inspirational talk to the School Council reps. In preparation for her visit, we have thought of some questions about her role to ask PC Dipti. We are looking forward to finding about her proudest achievement as a Police Officer, the challenges she has faced on her journey and how she has overcome these, her ambitions and also hopefully get some advice to further our interest in helping the community. PC Dipti will be bringing a Police car for us to look around – how exciting!

Spring Term 22/23 

At our School Council meeting, we chose to support Children in Need in November. The children and staff came to school dressed in yellow or spots and donated £1. We raised a total of £422.

In the Spring term, we decided to support the charity Family Fund which helps families with disabled children. In assemblies, we learnt about the work that Family Fund do and how the £490 we raised will help families.

We delivered important messages through our Anti-Bullying campaign. We presented Anti-Bullying assemblies to other children in phase assemblies and promoted Odd Socks day to raise awareness of Anti-Bullying Week 2022.

More recently, we have carried out a school dinner menu survey with children in our classes, sent a Microsoft form to parents and also analysed the numbers of meals ordered each day. We found out what the most popular items are for children and also what is less popular. A few of us met with George from Caterlink to share our findings. We talked about what we like to eat off the menu, our dislikes and also what we would like to see moving forwards.

Eco Council

This is what we have been up to since the last report:

  • We attended the Eco Roadshow at Rushey Mead which was a lot of fun, our favourite part was the workshop from the Space Centre, when they talked about growing food in space.
  • We have had our pictures taken for the school website so this is now up to date.
  • We wrote a letter to the Mellor Mercury asking for their help on writing an article or newsletter for parents about how they can save energy at home, and Manel is going to be interviewed as part of this.
  • Lisa set us a task of designing a snack audit for the whole school which we did. This was given to all staff to do for a week. We will now need to look at the results and decide on what actions we need to take.
  • Lisa also set us a challenge on where we can buy chicken wire from, the cost and the cost to hire a cherry picker for our ‘whale project’, and from this we have ordered chicken wire and it has been delivered.
  • We wrote a letter to Kate Bull about our ‘whale project’ asking for her help. She wrote back to us asking to have a meeting with us, which we did last Wednesday. We met with Kate Bull and Kate Griffiths, who have both agreed to help us with our ‘whale project’ and are very excited about seeing this come together. They have agreed that they will make the wire sculpture for us, and that we will them help to paper mâché it so it looks like a whale. We have initially said this will take 2 half day sessions. They also agreed to talk to Bhav about where the whale can go as we don’t think the library is the best place, as it will not have the whole school community impact that we want. Kate and Kate are going to put their heads together and get back to us with some dates and ideas from Bhav as to where the whale can go.

Next Steps

  • Make the whale with Kate and Kate (early summer term?) with guidance from Bhav as to where it can go
  • Make a drawing or plan of our ‘whale project’
  • Review snack audit results
  • Continue energy audits of classrooms
  • Finalise our action plan for Green Flag Award
  • Write to the creativity council asking for their help with our ‘whale project’

Autumn Term 22/23

School council reps have been elected in each KS1/KS2 class. The reps have attended meetings and in the short time they have been in post, have made an impact to the school community and beyond.
During the interview process for lunchtime supervisors, school council reps interviewed and offered their thoughts on the suitability of candidates for the role.
School Council take a lead on fundraising and the non-uniform day to develop our school’s calm area raised £450. In Autumn 2, the reps have chosen to support Children in Need and have asked children and staff to come to school dressed in yellow or spots.
Finally, the reps will be delivering important messages through their Anti-Bullying campaign. They will be creating posters that will be displayed across the school, delivering Anti-Bullying assemblies to other children in phase assemblies and promoting Odd Socks day to raise awareness of Anti-Bullying Week 2022.

Projects

Spring Term 23-24

Autumn Term 23-24

Summer Term 22-23

Spring Term 22-23

At our School Council meeting, we chose to support Children in Need in November. The children and staff came to school dressed in yellow or spots and donated £1. We raised a total of £422.
In the Spring term, we decided to support the charity Family Fund which helps families with disabled children. In assemblies, we learnt about the work that Family Fund do and how the £490 we raised will help families.
We delivered important messages through our Anti-Bullying campaign. We presented Anti-Bullying assemblies to other children in phase assemblies and promoted Odd Socks day to raise awareness of Anti-Bullying Week 2022.
More recently, we have carried out a school dinner menu survey with children in classes, a Microsoft form to parents and also analysed the numbers of meals ordered each day. We found out what the most popular items are for children and also what is less popular. A few of us met with George from Caterlink to share our findings. We talked about what we like to eat off the menu, our dislikes and also what we would like to see moving forwards.

Autumn Term 22-23

School Council decide on the charities we support. The reps chose to support Children in Need and children and staff came to school dressed in yellow or spots. We raised £446 and also learnt about the good work that Children in Need do and how this helps children and families.
During Anti-Bullying Week 2022, School Council reps delivered Anti-Bullying assemblies to children. We also took part in Odd Socks Day which was an opportunity to express ourselves and celebrate our individualities.
School Council reps organised a non-uniform day and we raised £450. The reps chose and ordered plants which they enjoyed planting in the Calm Area.

Councillor Nita Solanki meets School Council

One of the councillors for the Belgrave Ward, Cllr Nita Solanki visited Mellor and delivered an inspirational talk to our School Council reps. Prior to her visit, the reps researched about the role of a councillor and thought of some questions to ask Nita. We learnt about Nita’s proudest achievement as a councillor, the challenges she has faced on her journey and how she has overcome these, her ambitions and also managed to get some advice to further our interest in community work. Following the aspirational talk, we gave Nita a tour of our school and showed the exciting work we have displayed around the school.

Rocket Round Leicester

Our Rocket Round Leicester journey began with an immersive opportunity for our children. They were curious and excited at a mysterious package being delivered to the school. Our school council representatives created a video to reveal the jet and set the children the task of creating designs that would go onto our school’s rocket. Themes that appear on the artwork are our school’s values and diversity in Leicester which led to the pupils naming the jet Unity XXI. Following the selection of designs, the children decorated the rocket. As part of the Rocket Round Leicester project, our rocket was displayed in Leicester City Centre over Summer 2021. At Mellor, our children recognise the importance of charity. They developed their knowledge of the great work done at our local hospice, LOROS, and raised an impressive £1,958.

Mysterious Object at Mellor

Mysterious Object Reveal

Guide Dogs UK

School Council reps chose to fundraising for Guide Dogs UK. There were live talks streamed from the school hall by a representative from Guide Dogs UK and a guide dog owner. Following the talks, the guide dog and her owner visited the children in the classrooms. This was an excellent opportunity for the children to ask questions and understand the importance of service doges. School Council requested all children and adults to dress in an animal theme and also share the dress up ideas. In total, we raised £485 for Guide Dogs UK.

 

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