Year 9 School Council reps are raising awareness of different global learning days with their year group. January saw World Peace Day, and to celebrate this, year 9 made paper cranes which have now been displayed in the library. These cranes represent the wish of peace and celebrate the importance of non violence across the world. April will see World Earth appreciation day when year 9 will be growing sunflowers in their forms.
Year 7 School Council organised this year’s Fandom Day to raise money for hooks and shelving for the ledge and new books for the library. Students dressed up to represent their favourite fandom, we had all sorts of outfits. Well done to all year 7 school council reps for organising and the rest of year 7 for entering into the spirit of the day.
Our annual school council training happened last week with each year group coming together to get to know one another and build key skills that will be used throughout the year in school council. The morning was planned and delivered by our fabulous Head Girls and Sixth Form Exec leads.
We began with team building and ice breaker exercises such an the human knot and if you were stranded on a desert island with said items which would you priorities to use and why would you use them. This section of the morning finished with the famous spaghetti tower building game which is now synonymous with school council training. Lots of fun was had by all and an extra element was added this year, extra points were awarded to the year group who were the tidiest. Year 8 & 9 were fantastic at this 🙂
We then spent time explore the year group focuses which are as follows:
Yr 7: How can we improve transition into secondary school.
Yr 8: Reforming and developing the buddy system
Yr 9: Celebrating Global Learning days
Yr 10: exploring options for a new rewards assembly
Year 11: The AGGS News Blog.
Well done to all involved it was a great morning and I sense this is going to be a great year for school council 🙂
Exec have been super busy pulling together and communicating about all the amazing projects that have happened over this academic year amongst all the year groups. We are very proud of everyone.
Our main focus this year has been upon the Values and embedding these into our school system. Year 10 have helped us do this. We have communicated to staff and students about what our values are and how they were chosen. We have also fundraised and created the Values trees which help to communicate the values around school.
We look forward to embedding these further next year.
Year 7 school council – what have we done?
Suggestion boxes – in order to get the best possible feedback from our forms, we decided we needed a way for them to write suggestions whenever they wanted. A suggestion box, we decided, was a good way to do this. We held a competition for our forms to make a box, and the best one was chosen.
The buddy system – This was main focus for the y7 school council. This project will help new y7’s to settle in faster. Year 8’s will go to their y7 buddies one morning a week, and this will give the y7’s a chance to ask any questions. There will also be a chance to play games as to get to know your form better.
We knew that there weren’t enough places for people to sit and work in the library, especially at lunch. Therefore, we fundraised to buy 9 beanbags that you can sit, work or relax on. To do this, we hosted fandom day, a day where lower school dressed up as their favourite characters. We managed to raise enough to cover the cost of the beanbags, AND enough to buy extra books to enjoy! We listened to everyone’s suggestions and managed to whittle them down to a fantastic number of books.
We then designed labels to show everyone who picked up the books what year 8 school council 2017 have achieved. We chose to improve the library as it is a space enjoyed by all students and a relaxing environment. We can go to the library to continue homework, encourage independent learning or simply just to get lost in a book. The beanbags meant there is more seating for students and more people can be encouraged into this magical place.
Our year group school council have worked incredibly hard to work together, listen to ideas and improve our school for everyone. We are grateful for our opportunity to represent our year group in Year 8 School Council 2017, and many of us are standing for School Council in the forthcoming year!
Year 9 School Council
On School council training day, we were told that our project of the year was to redecorate the Medical room and to renovate the Heads of Year Room into a Wellbeing room.
We first mind-mapped lots of ideas, and consulted our form groups on whether they liked them. We then chose our favourites to focus on. Next we created a mood board of furniture, activities and colour schemes for the rooms. We decided on a calming blue and cheerful pink, with furniture and soft furnishings in neutral colours.
We found comfortable furniture within our budget and then we consulted Mrs Ogunmyiwa, Mr Beddows and the Wellbeing Ambassadors. Once approved, we created an official floorplan that incorporated our ideas for the new rooms.
We think the Wellbeing room is a fantastic idea for our school community that will improve the mental health of our students as they go through their school lives. The wellbeing room is now a great space to take a time out. It’s currently being put together and painted by the caretakers and should be ready for the new school year in September.
Year 10 School Council
This year has been very productive for year 10 school council. With the Values being implemented across the school year 10 have been embedding these into the expectations for learning and developing the merit criteria. Both of these are now ready for next year and we are looking forward to them being used across school.
The second half of the year we have been gathering and writing posts for the pupil voice blog, we took over this role from year 11 school council when they left for exams.
Today Year 8 school council reps have organised Fandom Day to help raise funds for the library. Students were asked to choose their favourite book character, film character, celebrity, anything they are a fan of and then dress up depicting this fandom. The costumes were fabulous, from Willy Wonker to Harry Potter to Manchester United, the costumes were so varied and some have made an amazing effort.
Well done to Year 8 School Council for organising 🙂
On Friday 21st October the newly elected school council reps had their training session.
After Wednesday’s election this was the first time that students from each year group were able to get together and build their team working skills and explore some of the issues that school council will be focusing on this academic year.
Year groups began with the spaghetti tower challenge to help consider the different skills they may need as school council reps and to get to know one another better.
Following this challenge each year group worked on their focus. This is a task to get the school council reps started and to allow them time to gather other ideas from their own forms.
The focuses for this year are:
Year 7: Transition – How can we make your journey from primary to secondary better?
Year 8: Improving the library
Year 9: The Wellbeing Room
Year 10: Merit criteria and award assemblies
Year 11: The Pupil Blog Page
Make sure you keep an ear out from your form’s reps and keep a check on the Pupil Voice page for further School Council updates.
School Council are sharing in assemblies this week about the values we as a school have created. There will be more on this in the next few weeks. Please see below all the things school council got up to last year and the changes they have made…
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We need more up to date books and resources in the library
Ran a book sale to raise money for the library.
We need some money to raise funds for things around school
We would like a say as to what happens in the canteen.
Organised a dress up day for year 7 & 8 to raise over £400 for school. This is being put towards helping improve stocks in the library.
Whole school feedback was given to the canteen about foods, things people thought were good and things that could be improved. We are hoping to launch a food focus group this year.
The homework diary layout needs changing.
The medical room needs updating
Some changes have been made to the diary to ensure that there is an area for students to write a to do list.
Year 9 are continuing to work with the well-being ambassadors to redecorate and improve the medical room and make it into a well-being room, a space for people to have some space.
Nobody reads the code of conduct
The school council twitter page doesn’t get used.
People said the songs in assembly needed updating.
We rewrote the code of conduct and made them way more pupil friendly.
We have included more regular posts to keep students informed about what we are up to.
New songs, suggested by school council, are to be learnt this year in assembly.
There is no platform for students to share what they have done.
We have actively posted on the student voice page engaging the school and wider community in aspects of school life.
What do we stand for as a school?
Conducted a whole school values project which has culminated in the creation of AGGS school values. These will be shared and taken for staff to feedback at the beginning of the new academic year.
It is with great pleasure and excitement that I can share with you that AGGS has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious Discovering Democracy award. We are one of just 60 schools in the country to achieve this award. It is acknowledging the work that we do here at AGGS to engage young people in politics and democracy as a whole.
Mrs. Bowyer had the great pleasure of going down to the Houses of Parliament last week to collect the award. It was here that we heard from students around the country who had contributed to their school’s achievement of this award. We also heard about the importance of engaging young people in politics from John Penrose the Minister for Constitutional Reform. A Q & A session was conducted where teachers and students could share how the government can encourage engagement in politics further.
A huge thank you to all those in school who have helped achieve this award.
Tuesday morning the new school council reps participated in some training. This was a great opportunity for the school council groups to get together, develop some team building skills and find out how they work together as a group.
Each year group had to build a spaghetti tower using just marshmallows and spaghetti, this tower had to elevate and hold a small stress ball.
After this each group had some time on their year group focus to help improve the school and make it an even better place to learn in. These focuses serve to start the girls off and then ideas from them and their peers will be actioned as the school year progresses.
The year group starter focuses for this year are:
Yr 7: Yr 7 Pupil feedback questionnaire.
Yr 8: Fundraising idea – school council doesn’t have a budget to any ideas we have have to be fundraised for too. With some money in the pot this will be a great help to get things off the ground.
Yr 9: revamp the homework diary competition.
Yr 10: Make the Code of Conduct pupil friendly & manage the SC twitter feed.
Yr 11: Manage the pupil voice page & decide on merit trips.
All school council meetings start back after half term. See the school council page on this site for details.