On Friday 27th January four of our Year 5 and 6 school council members attended the Outer North West Children's Voice Event at Prince Henry's Grammar School
Meeting school council members from other schools was really interesting and we worked as a team to decide how £40,000 of money could be spend on activities for children in our area. We enjoyed sampling some of the activities that included Minecraft and drama workshops.
The day also taught us lots about democracy and thinking about activities that would suit everyone. We were also inspired by the Leeds Children's mayor who spoke with confidence about being in the Leeds Youth parliament. The local councillors from our area was there and shared information about their role.
Please see below a letter written by Councillor Pat Latty about the day.
Good afternoon everyone,
I would like to send a message of thanks to all the Councillors, partners and young people who attended Outer North West Community Committee Young People’s Voice on 27th January at Otley Prince Henry’s Grammar School.
This is the 3rd annual event the Committee has arranged and I would like to think our best one yet!
This year we had representation from 30 primary and high schools across the outer north west area with 100 students participating in a range of physical and desk based activities. I would particularly like to thank all those schools who supported the event and were able to release staff to accompany their young people and allow them to take part. It’s not often we have the opportunity to bring young people together from so many different schools to talk about what’s important to them and hear their voice.
This year for the first time, we were able to have a few activity providers there to allow the students to try out some of the different activities we have funded in the past and I would like to thank Jacob and Lucy from The Oddballs School Of Theatrical Extravaganzas (Drama), Kyle and Nathan from ACES (Sports), Beth from Forest Found (Bushcraft) and Ian and Liz from Library Services (Minecraft and Coding) for attending in their own time. Their enthusiasm and commitment to working with the young people on Friday made those sessions fun and engaging and demonstrated what they can offer.
As has been the case in previous years, the afternoon saw Councillors and young people deciding together how best to spend a potential £40,000 of funding across the area. The Youth Activity Fund is there to fund activities for young people in this area and the Committee needs to know how and where to spend that money, so young peoples’ opinions and input is vital to ensure money is allocated fairly and spent on what is really wanted.
We received some really helpful feedback from the young people who attended and I will ensure that a full discussion takes place at our next Councillors meeting to look at this.
I would like to thank Richard and Kim for leading the day and Rachel and Susan from the Communities Team who organised the event. Thanks must also go to Simon, Phil, Amanda and in particular Vicki and Lucy from the Clusters and Andrew and Caroline for all their efforts in ensuring this day was such a success.
My particular thanks must also go to all the young people who attended, they were a credit to their schools and it was wonderful to see the enthusiasm with which they approached the tasks and activity taster sessions.
Finally I would like to extend thanks to Prince Henry’s for hosting the event this year, Phil Temple and Pippa Mcpherson were particularly supportive and enthusiastic. The school also fielded some of their students to help on the day, directing people and generally helping out – what wonderful friendly ambassadors they were.
I hope everyone who had opportunity to attend, found it both an informative and an enjoyable event.
Cllr Pat Latty
Outer North West Community Committee
Today was the first meeting for our new school council members. We elected a chair person, a vice chair person, a secretary and a vice secretary. We discussed the format of our meetings and agreed that we would go back to class to get ideas or issues from the other pupils. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 17th October.
Over the last few weeks our meetings have focused on
- Thinking about pupils leading clubs e.g. chess club
-Reminding pupils about not playing on the climbing frames before school if you are not with an adult
This week we elected a Chair (Amy), a vice chair (Finley), a Secretary (Reuben) and a vice Secretary (Grace). We also started using an organised agenda to ensure we were focused during our meetings. We decided to use the green postbox outside the office for pupils to post ideas to the school council. We are getting more classes paired up with their buddy readers. Dan has also organised his chess club for Thursday afternoons. The meeting minutes were put in each register and on our noticeboard for everyone to see.
We met to discuss the issues brought up in each class. We decided that we would focus on;
-Each class having buddy readers
-Having somewhere for the rest of the school to share their ideas
-Having more clubs
5.11.15 and 7.1.16
Our school held two open mornings. We enjoyed telling prospective parents all the reasons why we love our school and why they should choose Pool School for their child! Afterwards, we were responsible for taking them on the grand tour!
We delivered an assembly to the school to tell them what we have been talking about in our meetings. We asked classes to have a circle time to discuss some of the issues such as
-Our Pool Peace Garden
-Book band colours in KS2 and keeping our library
Our first meeting was held and we started to plan a presentation for our Open Morning on the 5th November.We thought about what makes our school special and all the things we love about our school.