Info on this page:
- School Council Home
- Speaker's Award
- City Youth Council
- Minutes from meetings
- Other news and events
Hello and welcome to our School Council page! Our School Council is made up of two pupils from each class from Year 2 to Year 6. This panel of children has been chosen by the classes themselves in line with our democratic ethos. We hope you enjoy reading about all the wonderful things we have been doing.
Meet the SC reps:
I would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of the School Council reps for their hard work and dedication this year and for giving up their Monday lunchtimes every fortnight. You have been a delight to work with and I’ve been amazed by your ingenuity and the pride in which you have shown towards our school. I hope you all have a fab summer and good luck to our Year 6s moving on - don’t forget to join the School Council in your new schools!
The School Council next year will have newly elected reps and will be led by Mrs Hughes.
Plastic Pollution Conference at the National Marine Aquarium
Mrs Lonsdale took 4 of our Year 5/6 reps to the NMA on 13.7.18 to attend a conference on the growing issue of plastic pollution. This was a follow up to the last City Youth Council meeting, where the NMA were guest speakers. The purpose of the visit was to give children and young people a say on how Plymouth should reduce its use of single use plastic. The overall aim was to come up with ideas for the City Youth Council to reduce plastic in homes, schools and businesses.
Councillor Darren Winter spoke first and said that we need to ‘get a positive message to the City of Plymouth’ about ways to reduce single use plastic.
He was then followed by Sally from CaterEd (the company who provides our school dinners) who were previously challenged by the CYC at their last meeting about how they, as a company, would reduce their own plastic pollution. In response to this, Sally made several important announcements which included the fact that they would be: taking away slushies at lunch in order to tackle the problem of plastic straws, using tetra packs instead of plastic milk bottles and using disposable cutlery (we already use metal cutlery) called ‘vegware’ made incredibly from.....vegetable peelings! They also said that their next step is to put proper recycling bins in schools. Watch this space!
The third and final speaker was Nicola Murray from the NMA, who our children met at the last CYC meeting. She put the sheer enormity of the problem into perspective when she said that plastic has been around for about 100 years and every single piece ever made is still on our planet. An alarming 12 million tonnes goes into our oceans every year!
Each school council was tasked with pairing up with another school to come up with ideas for tackling the plastic issue. Ideas were then shared and the top 9 priorities were chosen by way of a vote. These were:
1. Raise awareness through education in schools/public.
2. Facilitate recycling in the City (more bins)
3. Finding alternative materials.
5. Get schools more involved in recycling.
6. Bottle schemes e.g. money back.
7. Environmental action e.g. beach clean up.
8. Plastic wardens.
9. Encourage businesses/community services to do more.
To conclude the morning, groups were then asked to come up with Snappy Slogans and Likeable Logos which have been left behind for consideration. This was a really important and valuable meeting for our School Council and it is good to know that the City of Plymouth is starting to play its part in salvaging our precious planet.
In preparation for this meeting, our School Council devised a questionnaire to conduct some research. If you wish to complete the questionnaire yourself, please find it here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9VWQT5H
City Youth Council
Mrs Price recently took 4 of our School Council reps to the last of the City Youth Council meetings this year. The main focus this time was supporting the aged and plastic pollution, with visitors from Dementia Friendly City and the National Marine Aquarium. Click here to read more!
The Speaker's Award
This year, Mrs Kennedy would like our School Council to enter The Speaker's Award competition. This is a competition where School Councils across the country can shout about the improvements made to their school and local community as a direct result of their actions. Click here to go to the Speaker's Award homepage to find out more.
Winners of the Speaker's Award will receive a winner's certificate and web badge for the school website, as well as an invitation to the awards day in Parliament that will include a tour of the palace of Westminster, and an awards ceremony in the Speaker's Apartments, where they will be presented with a winner's trophy by the Speaker of the House of Commons.
In keeping with our firm belief in the 5 British Values, we have tried to ensure that our endeavours towards this award are democratic and respectful to all. We started the process with inviting the whole school to approach the School Council with any ideas they had for a project e.g. improving links with community, greener spaces, recycling, road safety etc. The Council then collated all ideas and we voted on those most achievable and relevant to our school and local area. These were whittled down to:
1. Team Ant across the school
2. Improving sportsmanship
3. Road safety
4. Litter picking
And this is what each project's manifesto consisted of: click here.
The School Council then got together in the above 4 groups and produced a video for the rest of the school, explaining why they should vote for their project (click each project to be taken to their video). Each class conducted a vote and sent their results to Mrs Gallacher.
Votes were collated on Friday 19th January and the project with the most votes is:
The Council have already begun to put things into place in order to deliver what was promised and what the school voted for. We are very excited about what the future holds and look forward to improving sporting experiences for the pupils at Laira Green.
City Youth Council
This year, Year 6 School Council reps at Laira Green have taken part in something called the City Youth Council. This entails attending 3 meetings a year with School Councils from all across Plymouth and from a variety of different settings, including Secondary schools. Not only do we get to meet in the official Council Chambers in the City Centre (and get a free lunch!) but it's also a great opportunity to liaise with other councils, share ideas and put our heads together on huge, city wide projects.
Click here to read the minutes from September's meeting.
January minutes coming soon.
Children in Need
In November, the School Council organised fundraising for the very worthy Children in Need charity. After brainstorming ideas, children agreed on the following activities: selling official merchandise, a collection tin for the old 'round pound', spotty mufti and a Pudsey bear cookie sale. Posters went up in advance around the school and School Council reps gave up their own time to decorate and sell cookies and merchandise. The fundraising week was a resounding success and we raised a whopping £550! A big thank you to parents, children and staff for fully supporting this crucial and life-changing charity.
Click on one of the links below to read about our latest meeting. Meetings are held fortnightly on a Monday lunchtime.