Hello all, we’re the councillors from Wentworth Primary School.
Our school is quite a big school with over 400 children in it, we are lucky because we have a big playground and field, which gives us plenty of space for the different bubbles to play.
There are 14 of us altogether. Every class in the school is represented all the way down from Foundation up to Year 6 which we think is the fairest way to make sure everybody has a say about our school! The councillors in Year 4 to 6 are voted in for the whole year whereas in Foundation to Year 3, new councillors are voted onto the council each term.
A Year 6 pupil is the chair of our meetings and our Year 5 councillors are the secretaries. The rest of the council have other important roles such as publicity officers.
As councillors our job is to try to make the school as good as it can be for our fellow pupils. At every meeting we take time to try to think of new ideas to help us learn better or to make our school a better place to be!
Currently we are working on lots of exciting projects!
The School Council have set up the 3PR initiative at our school, which has been very successful. Normally every child in the school has an opportunity to give out the tokens to the children who have walked to school. We would count the tokens and record the data. Due to Covid 19 we now have to remind our teacher to give out 3PR Dojos on a Tuesday and a Thursday, in place of the tokens. The KS2 Councillors would normally work out the percentages to find the weekly winning class and inform Mrs Dack so that she may present the 3PR Trophy in the Monday assembly. We now remind our teacher to email the results in on a Thursday and Mrs Dack presents the winning class the 3PR Trophy during a Zoom Assembly.
We help advertise and run the charity events that our school supports such as Children in Need and Red Nose Day / Sports Relief. In October, we will be supporting the ‘Just One Tree’ initiative to help reforest our planet. We will be collecting £1 donations via sims angora. This follows on from last year’s School Council project where they planted trees at the front of our school to help purify the air.
We are in the process of deciding on which local charity to support. We are holding Class Councils so each class can vote for their preferred charity then, the School Council will hold a final vote. To support this we will be running a cake sale later on in the year.
It is very exciting to be part of our School council at Wentworth!
School Council News
SCHOOL COUNCIL VISIT TO THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
– February 2019
On Wednesday 123th February our School Council members in Years 4, 5 and 6 went to visit the Houses of Parliament.
When we arrived, we had to go through security, which is just like our airport security. We then had a tour guide and were able to ask lots of questions.
We firstly visited the Queens Robing Room which is where the Queen gets ready before her annual visit to Parliament. The two main paintings in the room were paintings of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as Westminster Palace had to be rebuilt in Queen Victoria’s reign due to an accidental fire. The other paintings represented the values of Parliament– just like in our school we display the school values – Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Kind.
We visited the House of Lords and saw the golden throne where the Queen sits. We found out that ‘experts in their field’ are asked to sit in the House of Lords to share their knowledge when a relevant topic is being debated. We looked around the House of Lords ‘common room’ where the Lords and Baronesses sit in small groups for meetings. We looked at the painting of the Battle of Waterloo and found out that only one person out of all the people in the painting was able to vote. It is much fairer now days as people can vote when they are 18. We noticed that one of the statues was damaged. Our guide told us that 3 suffragettes had chained themselves to 3 statues for six hours but this statue was damaged as one of the suffragettes got down. They haven’t repaired it as it’s a reminder that before it was broken women couldn’t vote and after it was broken women could vote.
We weren’t able to go in the House of Commons as the public gallery was full as due to BREXIT people are interested in seeing Teresa May answering questions. There are 650 MP’s in the House of Commons, each representing around 70,000 people.
We visited the Great Hall and learnt that it was in this hall that Guy Fawkes was tried and King Charles 1 was beheaded in the same place that President Obama and Nelson Mandela later stood to give a speech.
At the end of our visit we had a workshop where we discussed different ways to campaign if we want to make changes and help our country. Just before we left the MP that represents Maldon, John Wittingdale came to talk to us and answered our questions.
When we came back to school we shared our visit and what we had learnt with the school. It was a fantastic day out and we learned a lot!
SCHOOL COUNCIL VISIT TO THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT – FEBRUARY 2019
On Wednesday 13th February our School Council members in Years 4, 5 and 6 went to visit the Houses of Parliament.
Macmillan Coffee Morning -september 2018
In September the School Council supported the PTA with the Macmillan Coffee Morning which raised an amazing amount of money. They helped advertise the event and sold cakes to their classmates later in the day.
The School Council set up the 3PR initiative at our school which has been very successful. This has been further developed this year so that every child in the school has an opportunity to give out the tokens to the children who have walked to school. The School Council is working hard by counting the tokens and recording the data. They work out the percentages to find the weekly winning class and inform Mrs. Dack so that she may present the 3PR Trophy in the Monday assembly.
School Council visit to the Houses of Parliament - November 2017
On Tuesday 7th November six of our School Council members went to the Houses of Parliament.
They were able to sit in the House of Commons and the House of Lords and listen to the debates that were taking place.
The children were intrigued to learn various historical facts about Westminster Hall. They found out that Guy Fawkes was tried and King Charles 1 was beheaded in the same place that President Obama and Nelson Mandela later stood to give a speech.
MP visit to School Council - Friday 8th September 2017
John Whittingdale, the Member of Parliament for Maldon and the surrounding area, visited our school.
The School Council welcomed him and asked him to talk to them about the British Value of Democracy and how he was elected.
Mr Whittingdale answered many questions, one of them being: Have you met the Queen?
We found out that he had met and advised the Queen on many occasions.
He them attended the KS2 assmebly and answered furhter questions that each class had prepared.
SCHOOL COUNCIL VISIT TO THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT - 2nd of November 2016
Wentworth year 4, 5 and 6 school councillors went to The Houses Of Parliament on the 2nd of November 2016.
We had a great time and learned a lot.
Please click the Play button below to see the Presentation that the School Council made in assembly.
House of Parliament
Our children at the House of Parliament meeting John Whittingdale
Houses of Parliament
We have also been very lucky to go on a trip to the Houses of parliament. Three of our members from upper key stage 2 were lucky enough to go on a tour of the Houses of parliament to learn about democracy and how our country is ran. We were even lucky enough to see Lord Alan Sugar!
When we came back to school we shared our visit and what we had learnt with the school. It was a super day out and we learned a lot!
Recently, Wentworth has been awarded 'Enhanced Healthy School Status' due to our hard work with 'Dinosaur school' supporting the emotional wellbeing of children entering the school in the Foundation stage.
To celebrate our award the School council secretaries Jamie Williams and Abigail Perkins from Year 5 went to collect the award with Miss Tylor. Miss Tylor had to give a presentation, which Jamie and Abigail kindly helped with, introducing the puppets 'Wally' and 'Molly' to the crowd.
The award can be seen in our lobby by the reception hatch at school!