The school council met with the local MP, Matt Warman in April. They independently showed him around the school and then asked him some questions. They wanted to know his thoughts on Brexit, if he always agreed with the Government's policies, what he thought the outcome of the General Election would be and who he thought had been the most successful Prime Minister to date.
It was wonderful for the school council to see how their role, in many ways, reflects the role of an MP: the need to think about how decisions and changes will impact on everyone and not just themselves and their friends, how decisions made can sometimes mean some gain whilst others lose and that they need to listen to the views of all students.
Feeding back what we had learnt from visiting the High School's School Council to the rest of the group...
After our visit to Boston High, Ollie and Jaden fed back their findings to the rest of the school council. They found the visit to be really useful and as a result have considered one or two changes.
Below is an email from the teacher at Boston High:
Thank you for your kind words. It was a delight having you join us and both Jayden and Ollie spoke very well in what must have been a somewhat different atmosphere. I hope you enjoyed seeing the school and the transformation that we did in the school quad which is something that we are particularly proud of – and was a mammoth effort!
Kyra East Council Meeting
8th November 2016
Gipsey Bridge Academy were very proud to welcome Spilsby Academy, Mareham Le Fen, Kirkby-on-Bain, New York and Frithville Primary to the very first Kyra East School Council. Each school sent School Council representatives from years two, four and six. Gipsey Bridge Academy’s School Council introduced themselves and then led an activity where the schools were split into three groups where they each took turns to jump into the circle, introduce themselves and say something that they loved about being on their school council.
Mrs Cockram welcomed the schools and explained that the focus for today’s visit was evidence in and around the school that children are learning about the world. This is part of this year’s School Development Plan and the school wanted to see and hear what the children thought. Were they able to see that as a school we are focusing on learning about the world?
Gipsey Bridge School Council then took the schools round each class and other areas of the school; answering questions and sharing the things that were on display. Many children took this opportunity to talk to children in each class and to magpie ideas for their school. Each group had a clipboard and form to jot any notes or ideas down to share later.
The school was a buzz of activity as children explored and interacted with other children from different schools; it was pleasure to see.
Once the tour was complete the children returned to the hall to share fruit and a drink and think about the two or three things that they thought were the most important. Below is a summary of each school’s notes:
The children liked the sandpit and mud pit in Reception, the volcano slide in Class One and the different subjects taught in school. They also liked the quiet area outside.
In Reception they found evidence of a map of Europe, role play area in a different country, the children are in the process of painting a plane for their airport and there are passports and luggage labels to be seen.
Around the school they found evidence of there having been an African Day in school, flags of other countries, questions about other countries, maps and the projects including aspects of other countries.
Found evidence of maps, globes, an African Day display and Global Learning Programme display in the Library.
Found evidence of the Global Learning Programme and felt the classrooms were creative.
Feedback from Gipsey Bridge Academy School Council:
My experience was very nerve wracking at the start. It became a lot more relaxed after our second visit to class because we started to sort of joke and talk to each other to get to know each other. I enjoyed today and it made me smile and when my friend told me how good the school was and when she showed me a full page of ideas for her school. Jovi Y6
I think what went well was how shocked they were when they saw the field because it is very good. I think what didn’t go as well was we didn’t get much written on our clipboard. Olivia Y3
I really enjoyed meeting new people from different schools and also taking them around the school. Ollie Y6
My experience was really good. I loved showing them how fabulous our school is. I enjoyed how they understood everything that we do. They asked really good questions and understood the answers. I think maybe we could make our reading journals more neater like they said. Jaden Y6
I loved this morning! I would love to go to abother school to learn about what they do. Here is what they liked: water fountain, lockers, being allowed pencil cases and trays under desks. It was so much fun! Sophie Y5
My experience was very good because out group was very talkative and said what was good and what was bad so we know. Lily-Grace Y6
I enjoyed making new friends and being able to see what other classes in school are doing. Also being able to know how they do things. Troy Y4
I met lots of people some going to the same secondary school as me, it gave me an opportunity to compare ideas with people. Bradley Y6
I enjoyed showing people around the school because they like it. Phoebe Y2
It was a fabulous morning and it was wonderful to see children from different schools positively interacting and feeding into the peer review system.
Friday 14th October 2016
The School Council is given the opportunity to interview the Governors!
Our school council met with the Governors to ask them lots of different questions.
They have agreed to meet with us again to discuss the things that we have achieved throughout the year and we can ask them what they have done too!
It became very clear that we have very similar roles and share the same aim - to make Gipsey Bridge Academy as great as we can for the benefit of all!