Federation School Council – Christmas 2020

The Federation School Council were determined this year to spread a little bit of Christmas joy far and wide. We discussed how the Coronavirus pandemic has effected different members of our community and the impact it may also have on many people over the festive period. The School Council were particularly concerned for the more elderly members of our community that may not be able to see their loved ones this Christmas time. We also discussed how hard it has been for us as a Federation to not be able to mix together with our friends for a pantomime, Christmas dinner and parties etc. As part of our Christmas quest we decided upon two projects which would involve our school working together and also supporting our local community.

Family Christmas Quiz

Members of the School Council used their class feedback time during early December to collect Christmas based questions from their class mates to add to a Federation family Christmas quiz. A whole range of questions were collected to enable every member of the family to take part. The final quiz was emailed out to all families within the Federation.

A huge thank you goes out to all the children and their families who completed the quiz. We had 135 entries with so many families getting all the answers correct. Everyone who took part received a Dojo, and huge congratulations goes to the winning pupil and her family who were from one of our reception classes.They received a delicious prize to share over the Christmas holidays. Well done everyone!

Christmas Cards for Care Homes

To help spread some Christmas kindness this year within our local community each member of the School Council created a Christmas card with a special message written by our Federation School Council Secretary.

The Christmas cards were sent out to the residents of local care homes.

The Federation received some lovely messages of thanks in return including a hand written one with a very special message to the children.

“Dear Children,

Thank you VERY much for my Christmas card. I am nearly 90 years old and my children are all grown up now. My card had a branch on the front with nice green leaves and four snowflakes on the bottom. Have a lovely Christmas all of you and your teachers.”

Well done to all the Federation School Council members this term for their hard work and commitment.

Children In Need 2020

To support ‘Children in Need’ this year the children were invited to send in photographs via Dojo and Tapestry of themselves dressed up in spots, Pudsey outfits and as key workers. We had so many fantastic photos to look through.  Well done to everybody for supporting such a great cause. As well as a special assembly to discuss the day, the school council voted on a wellbeing theme for the afternoon. Year groups took part in mindfulness colouring, yoga and relaxation activities. A fun time was had by all! Thank you to everyone who sent in donations to the Children In Need charity.

Christmas Card Delivery 2019

The Federation School Council have been very busy over the festive period designing and creating Christmas cards to send to the local community. We discussed the importance of belonging to a community and how lucky we are as a Federation to have such caring and supportive neighbours.

Once the cards had been created five of our council members took time out of their lunch break along with two members of staff to hand deliver the cards around the neighbourhood. Lots of people came out to say thank you including our friends at Little Owls Day Nursery. The nursery children were very excited to see us arrive with our hats on. “I think they thought we were real elves!” one of the School Councillors commented. We all agreed that hand delivering the cards and seeing everyone’s smiles made us feel very festive indeed!

British Values – Democracy and the General Election 2019

In the run up to the General Election the Federation School Council have been discussing the word ‘Democracy’ and thinking about British Values. We talked about what the word Democracy means and how important it is to our country. We also thought back to when our classes voted and elected us during Hustings week and as School Council class representatives. We can see how important it is that everyone got the chance to have a vote.

thumbnail of British Values powerpoint

All year groups have been recapping the importance of our British Values during the run up to the General Election and as a School Council we looked at the five values and thought about how they fit into daily life at Toftwood Infant and Junior School Federation. Some of the Infant School Council members have started to make posters for their rooms. Please see below for some information about British Values and some of the ideas we discussed in our meeting.

Yr 6 – “Voting takes place in our school so that everyone can have their say.”

In our school we have children and staff from other countries and cultures. We like to find out more about them by getting to know them more.

Yr 3 – “We say welcome!”

Individual liberty is about voicing our opinions in class.

Yr 5 – “We often get to do this especially in RE and PSHE”

Infant children discussed how important ‘Golden time’ is to them.

Federation Chairperson Yr 6 – “The Golden Rules are brilliant for our school because they keep each child feeling safe.”

A sound understanding of this enables our children to learn what is right and wrong – invaluable skills to equip them as they get older and face more challenges and decisions. This relates to the Rule of Law.

This term, the Federation School Council wanted to make changes and improvements to their playtimes. The Infants requested that some older children came over as playground pals to support and mentor them during playtimes. This now happens and is working successfully. The juniors suggested that different areas of the playground are allocated to different activities so that everyone is included and can feel safe. This is now mapped out and followed by the MSAs who have acknowledged the improvements that have been made. Corridor monitors at Juniors also help us to feel safe around the school.

These suggestions were all raised by our Federation school council this term, highlighting the importance of our pupils’ voices demonstrating our understanding of the British Values in practice.

Children in Need 2019

On Monday 18th November children across the federation supported Children in Need through a non-uniform day. This year the School Council chose the theme of ‘Sporty or Spotty’ clothing and organised for the federation to take part in the Children in Need – ‘Big Morning Move’ workout. This workout was hosted by fitness coach Joe Wicks and lasted just under 20 minutes. Children across the Federation took part alongside other children around the country in order to raise awareness of the importance of keeping fit and healthy, whilst raising money for children who need extra care and support.

Our School Council created posters to advertise the event and collected the donations from each class.

A fun time was had by all and the workout was definitely a good way to start our day!

Thank you to everyone for the generous donations. The Federation raised an amazing total of £586.45!