| School Council Minutes
19th January 2019
|Present: Mrs Abell, NN, GD, AK, EY, SA, HK, BN, IK, ZA, ABA, AAH|
|1)||Playground Fundraising Day||Actions|
|MA (Diamond) joined the meeting to talk about his idea for Playground Fundraising Day. This is to raise money towards resurfacing and remarking the playgrounds.
Mohammed’s ideas include a teacher baby photo competition; a non-uniform day; a cake sale and possibly a sweets in the jar competition.
School Council really like the idea and will help with the cake sale. They suggest that we should have a football pitch marking on the pitch; a basketball pitch; a 100 square; a chess square and hopscotch
|MA will create posters to put up and ask teachers to volunteer for the competition.
Mrs Abell will organise a flyer about the cake sale and non-uniform day
|2)||Stars and Wishes|
|Classes have talked about the following positives: less fighting at football; new playground equipment; After School Clubs; Mike Warren Assemblies
Wishes from classes: a door for the room where the toilet cubicles are; a quiet area on the playground; more soap in the toilets; the boy’s toilet smells; a library. Y6 also wanted to go back to sitting separately from KS1 in the dining hall – there isn’t always room for them to sit with their friends and the KS1 children throw food. We talked about perhaps allowing Y6 children who were willing to sit with KS1 and help them develop good manners to go to the front of the line.
|3)||Learning to Learn|
|Mrs Abell asked School Council to think about ways to help us at Abbeyfield understand more about the way we learn and how to be a better learner. She explained that lots of scientist have done research which shows that children who understand how to become a good learner are more successful in their learning.
She brought a sheet which would help children understand how to approach each stage of a task – how to get started, how to challenge themselves etc.
School Council thought that talking to children about how to be a good learner and all the different things you need to do (listen, not give up etc) would work better. Mrs Abell said other school have done this with animals and School Council really liked that idea. They came up with a list of good learner attitudes with possible animals.
We also discussed how School Councillors like to learn:
8 preferred a quiet classroom
1 preferred a classroom with more noise
3 preferred to work with a partner
10 preferred to work on their own
7 preferred lessons where you get to move around
2 preferred to stay at their own desk.
Learning attributes and animals suggested:
Use your imagination – hawk, parrot, leopard
Don’t rush – turtle
Think for yourself – cat, lion, monkey
Think about how you feel – cat, dog
Take pride in your learning – cat, dog
Listen – mouse
Don’t give up – horse, donkey, lion, tiger, bee
Be brave and get started – bull, elephant, jaguar, gorilla
Don’t say “I can’t do it” – bee
Work together – wolf, ant lion
Find the right challenge – giraffe, tiger
Ask questions – owl
Try new things – chameleon
Make links between things we’ve learned – spider
|Mrs Abell is going to create grids for the next meeting so that School Council can choose the final 8 or 10. These can then be discussed by teachers/SLT – and finally by parents.