PSHE, citizenship and the school council 2020-2021
The year started so promisingly for our school council and for all the children at Prince Rock.
In September, we held democratic elections and each class selected their councillors. We met three times during the first month (socially distanced of course), discussing a wide range of topics, deciding on which charities we would like to support this year and making suggestions for the year ahead.
On October 9th we held our first fundraiser of the year raising money for our chosen charity Young Minds, which raises awareness of mental health and well-being among children and young adults. We raised money by wearing yellow to school, which certainly brightened our day! School council continued to meet regularly, though after half term we were unable to meet due to Covid 19 restrictions.
November saw the annual Prince Rock Friendship Week, in which we promote positive relationships and raise awareness of bullying. Importantly, we were reminded of what bullying is using the acronym S.T.O.P (Several Times on Purpose) and what we should do if we think we or someone we know is being bullied. To celebrate our friendships, we wore silly socks to raise money for Children in Need and the Anti-bullying Alliance. We also wrote some postcards featuring positive messages to our friends across the school in different year groups, who we hadn’t seen for a while due to Coronavirus.
At the end of 2020, we held one last fundraiser in aid of Save the Children, raising money by wearing our Christmas jumpers. We raised a staggering £589.92 which will make a real difference to the lives of the children who need our help!
After Christmas, most of us learned at home, until the middle of March, when we excitedly returned to school. As soon as we returned, the school council began to think about who we could help, and we decided to support Comic Relief. Shane (our chef) and his team, kindly baked red-nose biscuits for everyone to enjoy and we raised a further £220 for a wonderful cause.
- As the work of our school council has been so disrupted this year, the same councillors will stay in post until Christmas 2021 and new councillors will be elected in the spring term 2022.
- We can’t wait for school council meetings to resume, hopefully in September 2021 and we will look forward to LAT council meetings in the future.
- In the autumn term, we will be introducing and encouraging everyone to use the suggestion boxes placed around the school.
- School councillors will also be leading the introduction of key stage 2 peer mediators to help manage any problems or disputes in the playground.