Welcome to the latest news from our School Councillors who are elected in years 4, 5 and 6.
SCHOOL COUNCIL - NOVEMBER 2023
On Wednesday, our School Councillors attended a service at Bingham Cemetery to commemorate Remembrance Day. The Royal British Legion invited the School Council to go and lay crosses with poppies on the war graves of soldiers who died at war and lived locally. It was very informative and the children were lucky to hear stories about the soldiers’ lives as they placed their crosses.
PUPIL PARLIAMENT - OCTOBER 2023
Charlotte and William, who are part of our School Council team from Year 6, represented Carnarvon at the Rushcliffe Learning Alliance’s Pupil Parliament. The Pupil Parliament consists of two children from each of the 31 schools who meet at County Hall in West Bridgford each term.
During the afternoon, the children enjoyed introductions and a talk, including the role of Parliament and the monarchy, before a debate about the best way to eat a Kit-Kat!! This was followed by ‘Should the England ladies’ team be paid the same as the men?’ which was very interesting and allowed the children plenty of opportunity to air their views! The children enjoyed a chance to meet fellow councillors during a snack break where they received their Pupil Parliament badges. We are now discussing suggestions for a speaker at the next meeting in February.
MACMILLAN COFFEE AFTERNOON FOR RECEPTION PARENTS - SEPTEMBER 2023
Thank you to everyone who came to our Reception Macmillan Coffee Afternoon on Tuesday. It was lovely to see you all. We raised £91.00 for the charity.
Well done to our School Councillors who welcomed the parents and carers in and served them hot drinks and yummy treats.
NEWLY ELECTED SCHOOL COUNCILLORS 2023 - SEPTEMBER 2023
Last week the newly elected School Councillors had their first meeting. These children will be representing their classes and meeting to share ideas about how we can improve our school.
The first decision they had to make was to rename the old 6C and 3M classrooms. These classrooms are now being used for small group work and music lessons amongst other things. They chose the following names for these rooms:
6C to be called ‘The Corner’
3M to be called ‘The Hub’
Pictured here are our newly elected School Councillors:
PUPIL PARLIAMENT – Friday 9th June 2023
Lucie, George and a very excitable Seren (She was very keen to find out about Parliament, so we took her with us!) returned to County Hall, Nottingham, to debate with other schools. After introductions, a teacher from Jesse Grey discussed what voting was and how the process worked in parliament – she’d recently spent time in London, in parliament and was promoting the possibility of having a ‘Parliament Week’ in schools.
So, the children took a vote to decide what to debate. ‘Should schools have a four-day week?’ The discussion was very open and our children, at Carnarvon, explained that they were definitely in favour of a five-day week so their learning wouldn’t be affected, and that we should all be very grateful for the recent four-day weeks and see it as a celebration time. Many other schools disagreed and preferred a four-day week for various reasons!
Lucie and Seren spoke very eloquently about what we, at Carnarvon, have been doing in school to promote ‘Kids Against Plastic.’ They explained, to the room, that we had an assembly to upper school to highlight the problem, and also used school council time to write a letter to the CEO of Tesco, Mr Ken Murphy. I was very proud of them and hope for a reply very soon. The letter can be seen by clicking the link below.
To find out more about Kids Against Plastic, please visit: https://www.kidsagainstplastic.co.uk/
OTHER SCHOOL COUNCIL NEWS AND UPDATES
Earlier this year, School Councillors asked that each class nominate two children to be their ‘Speak Out’ monitors, and so far, these monitors have been working really hard in their classes supporting the children with a wide variety of needs. You’ll be able to spot the children as they are very good at remembering to wear their badges with pride! Often, just knowing that a monitor in their class can be neutral, not hold grudges, show empathy, speak kind words, or simply share a smile and a game is enough for them to enjoy the school day.
During our meetings, the school councillors have suggested that we have a termly disco in school – this coincides nicely with a current discussion with the PTA regarding school discos and means we should have lots of willing volunteers to help at these events.
The school council will be hosting the popcorn stall at the school fair on Friday June 30th – more to follow.
SPEAK OUT MONITORS - 24th FEBRUARY 2023
Great news - School Councillors distributed badges for the school ‘Speak Out’ monitors and so we decided to take a picture to share how proud all the children were! I think we can all agree that our children will work hard to promote our school ethos of ‘Working Hard and Being Kind’ and continue to work alongside the NSPCC. Often, just knowing that a monitor in their class can be neutral, not hold grudges, show empathy, speak kind words, or simply share a smile and a game is enough for them to enjoy the school day.
PUPIL PARLIAMENT – 7th FEBRUARY 2023
On Tuesday, Lucie and George from Year 6 returned to County Hall, Nottingham, to debate with other schools – ‘Should people such as nurses, ambulance workers, doctors, teachers, railway workers, firefighters and post workers be allowed to go on strike?’. The outcome was clear and the children agreed that it’s right to have the right to ask for more.
Later, the founders of Kids Against Plastic, Amy and Ella, talked to the children about their aim which is to help young people (and not so young people) to learn about environmental issues, such as plastic pollution and the Climate Crisis. During their talk, they explained that they became passionate about this subject when they were set a homework project six years ago at school; now they have set up their very own charity! To find out more, visit: https://www.kidsagainstplastic.co.uk/
Discussions and questions were answered throughout the afternoon and Carnarvon asked, ‘Could some plastic, single use, items e.g. cups become, by law, biodegradable and reusable? As the year progresses, we will be discussing, inspiring and investigating, with our councillors, ways that we, as a school, can help work with Kids Against Plastic and reduce our plastic ‘tat’ in school. More to follow very soon.
OTHER SCHOOL COUNCIL NEWS
School Councillors asked that each class nominate two children to be their ‘Speak Out Monitors’ and they will be wearing their badges very soon. Often just knowing that a Monitor in their class can be neutral, not hold grudges, show empathy, speak kind words or simply share a smile and a game is enough for them to enjoy the school day.
PUPIL PARLIAMENT - NOVEMBER 2022
Lucie and George, who are part of our School Council team, from Year 6, represented Carnarvon at the Rushcliffe Learning Alliance’s Pupil Parliament. The Pupil Parliament consists of two children from 31 schools who meet at County Hall in West Bridgford each term.
During the afternoon, the children enjoyed introductions and a talk including the role of Parliament and the Prime Minister. A debate followed with the title, ‘Which would make the better pet – Cats or dogs?’ – Dogs won. The children enjoyed a chance to meet fellow councillors during a snack break and then began debating whether school uniform should be compulsory or not. Yes, was the unanimous result!
The Pupil Parliament will meet again next term but, in the meantime, they have been asked to generate some questions to ask representatives from Kids Against Plastic during the meeting.
Pictured below are Lucie and George from Year 6.
MACMILLAN COFFEE AFTERNOON - OCTOBER 2022
Thank you to everyone who came to our Reception Macmillan Coffee Afternoon. It was lovely to see you all. We raised £38.40 for the charity. Pictured above are our School Councillors who helped to organise the event.
SCHOOL COUNCILLORS - SEPTEMBER 2022
This week the newly elected School Councillors had their first meeting. These children will be representing their classes and meeting to share ideas about how we can improve our school. Well done to you all.
Meet our new School Councillors - 2021
The School Council held a popcorn stall at the Christmas Fair at school!
Last Friday, the School Council organised a coffee and cake afternoon for parents of Foundation children in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. A fantastic £165.45 was raised. Big thanks to everyone who came along and to all those who donated cakes. Also, many thanks to the School Council and Miss Cooke for organising the event.
The School Council ran a popcorn stall at our annual Summer Fair! Thank you to everyone who bought some of our popcorn which was made by 3S.
A very big thank you for baking cakes and helping us raise money for Red Nose Day last Friday. We were overwhelmed by the response and the very talented bakers we have in school. All the cakes and biscuits were entered into the Carnarvon Bake-Off competition and it was a very tough decision for our councillors, but we are pleased to announce the following winners: Eden from 3D and Oscar from 1CS. We also received donations for “wear something red” and are pleased to say in total, we raised a humungous £819.55!! Our School Councillors are pictured below.
The School Council, Eco Council and 'Fruity Friday' helpers were treated to an exciting morning at the ice rink at East Bridgford Garden Centre. The children had a fantastic time and showed some real talent!
Two of our School Councillors, Bethany and Adam, from Year 6, have been elected as our representatives at the Rushcliffe Learning Alliance's Pupil Parliament. During the first meeting, at County Hall in West Bridgford, each school was invited to share an idea which could be turned into a petition to gain 100,000 signature and be read out in Parliament. After a vote by over thirty schools across the borough, Bethany and Adam's idea to replant a tree when one is chopped down was chosen as the petition idea which the Pupil Parliament will be backing to get to Parliament. Well done to the two of you for your fabulous presentation!
To welcome the families of our children in Foundation to the school, the School Council ran a 'Coffee and Cake Afternoon' to raise money for Macmillan. The event raised a fantastic £108! Thank you to everyone who came and donated cakes.
The following children were voted by their peers to be Carnarvon School Councillors for this year, they are: Nathan (2A), Leo (2M), Amelia (3S), Adam (3D), Wania (4CF), Alex (4A), Matthew (5Mc), Sophie (5C), Olivia (5Ma), Ryan and Freya (6M) and Bethany and Adam (6H).
They will be working with Miss Cooke to discuss ideas for fundraising and making a positive change around the school.
A further congratulations to Adam and Bethany (6H) for being voted by the School Councillors to represent Carnarvon at the Rushcliffe Learning Alliance's Pupil Parliament. The Pupil Parliament holds meetings three times a year at County Hall in West Bridgford, to discuss issues across the borough and identify how they can improve and support these issues.
All the School Councillors are pictured below:
The School Council held their own popcorn stall at the Summer BBQ and took it in turns to sell their goods. It all sold out!
The School Council planned and organised a disco for Years 3, 4 and 5 to raise money for a bench for our lovely dinner lady, Mrs Severn. The theme was 'the last 50 years' as we are celebrating our school's 50th birthday this year!
Toby and Jacob from Year 6 went to County Hall to meet up with the other children from the Rushcliffe Learning Alliance's Pupil Parliament. They discussed the leisure facilities that are available in Rushcliffe and what can be done to improve them.
The School Council ran their own popcorn stall at the Christmas Fair this year. The money raised from the fair is going towards a new play area for the KS1 children. Thank you for all of your support!
The School Council visited the local cemetery to commemorate Remembrance Day. They were invited by the British Legion and laid crosses on the graves of some World War One soldiers.
Ruby and Jacob from Year 6 represented Carnarvon at the Rushcliffe Learning Alliance's Pupil Parliament. The Pupil Parliament consists of two children from 31 schools and they meet at County Hall in West Bridgford each term. The issues which were raised at the meeting in the Autumn Term involved discussing ways which Rushcliffe Borough can be improved. The Pupil Parliament will then discuss their ideas at the next meeting in February with some Local Councillors.
The School Council organised a coffee and cake afternoon for parents of Foundation children in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. We also held a cake sale after school for all parents. A fantastic £115.50 was raised in total. Big thanks to everyone who came along and also to everyone who donated cakes. Half the money will be sent to Macmillan and the other half is going towards the cost of a bench in memory of Mrs Carol Severn, our late Senior Midday Supervisor, who passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer. If anyone would like to make a further donation towards the bench, you can do so at the school office.
Some children from Years 2-6 visited London. They had a fantastic time looking around the Houses of Parliament, including going into the House of Lords. They learned all about the history of Parliament at Parliament's Education Centre too. After the tour, they met with our MP, Robert Jenrick, who answered lots of questions and took them on to the terrace by the River Thames! In the afternoon, they travelled to the British Museum and looked around the Roman and Pre-historic Britain rooms. The children were a credit to the school - a lady even approached us during the tour of Parliament to say how impressed she was with their behaviour! A fascinating and unique day was had by all.
Spencer and Phoebe in Year 6 had a great time in London visiting the Houses of Parliament. They were accompanied by Miss Cooke and children from 27 other schools from within the Rushcliffe area. The children had the opportunity to look around the Houses of Parliament, take part in a 'debating workshop' at Parliament's Education Centre and also enjoyed a walk to St James' Park. Both children were a credit to Carnarvon and their knowledge about politics was particularly impressive!
During the Summer Term, we will be raising money for a defibrillator to be on our school grounds, which can be used by local residents too. We will be raising money in school but would also be very grateful for any donations.
A defibrillator is easy to use. You telephone 999, they give you an access number to unlock the cabinet and the defibrillator then tells you what simple steps to follow until the emergency services arrive.
We would be very grateful for any donations to help with our fundraising for the installation and on-going maintenance costs. The cost of installation is £1850. We have already raised £1070. Annual maintenance costs of £126 will need to be met by school fundraising and further donations on our fundraising site.
Donations towards initial installation or annual maintenance can be made online at: https://communityheartbeat.charitycheckout.co.uk/carnarvon or we have a collection box in the school office.
Many thanks for your support,
Carnarvon Primary School's School Council
For Red Nose Day, we held a 'bake off' with the Eco Council as well as a 'bring a teddy' day. The teddy could also wear something red, which matched what we were wearing. We raised a fantastic £692.30! The cakes which we entered were brilliant! Thank you to everyone for your support!
The School Council have been working with local residents to help to improve the parking around the school grounds. We have written in the newsletter as well as going on a walk around the school gates at the end of the school day with Councillor Hutchinson and a local resident.
As part of Parliament Week, the School Councillors met up with Councillors from Rushcliffe Borough and also Bingham Town to discuss both roles and share ideas. There were some really interesting conversations taking place and it was fantastic about Bingham and Carnarvon itself. Both the Mayor of Bingham and the Mayor of Rushcliffe joined us so it was great to see their chains and hear about how they get their role. A big thank you to all of the Councillors who joined us: Cllr Purdue-Horan, Cllr Stockwood, Cllr Hull, Cllr Shelton and Cllr Davidson.
The School Council had a wonderful time during Parliament Week visiting County Hall in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire. The transport and lunch was kindly provided by Councillor Francis Pudue-Horan. The children had a tour of the building, accompanied by the Chairman of Nottinghamshire, Yvonne Woodhead. They then entered the Council Chambers, where they had the opportunity to ask both Councillor Purdue-Horan and the Chairman lots of questions about their role.
On Tuesday 8th November, the School Council accompanied the British Legion and Robert Miles Junior School to Bingham Cemetery to lay crosses on the graves of soldiers who died in the World Wars.
For Harvest this year, the School Council raised money for 'Mary's Meals' which is a charity that raises money to pay for children in deprived areas around the world's school dinner. We held a non-uniform day where we all had to wear an item of blue (the charity's colour). We raised a fantastic £427.35 which pays for 35 children's school dinners for a whole year!
The School Council organised a coffee and cake afternoon for the Foundation children's parents to raise money for Macmillan on Friday 7th October 2016. Thank you to everyone who came to make it a big success... we raised a fantastic £65.96!
The School Council planned a sports day to raise money for Sports Relief. The children also wore non-uniform to raise money too! Each class organised a sporting activity to hold at some point during the day. We raised a whopping £418.16! Thank you for everyone's support and well done to the School Council for organising such a successful event!
The School Councillors held their own stall selling 'loom band' decorations and bracelets at the School Christmas Fair this year! A big well done to everyone who helped!
There is an audio magazine called 'The Bingham and District Magazine', which is listened to by a variety of people ranging from blind people through to the elderly and house bound. The School Council were invited to talk on the Christmas edition about traditions that they had in their own homes. The article went down a hit with the listeners!
The School Council organised a 'Design a Pudsey' Competition, non-uniform day and a cake sale, where they sold cakes at break time for Children in Need.
It was a fantastic group effort and they raised hundreds of pounds for this brilliant cause! Well done everyone and thank you to everyone who donated money.
The School Councillors chose two winners from KS2 and two winners from KS1/Foundation, who each received a book and a certificate. Here are the winners from the 'Design a Pudsey' Competition:
Jonas Abbey, Marissa Davies, Jessica Alcock and Leo Price
The School Councillors walked up to the local cemetery to lay poppies on the graves of local veterans with the British Legion in Bingham. They learnt about the soldiers: what had happened to them and what war they fought in.
The School Council walked to The Buttercross in Bingham Market Place to attend The British Legion's celebrations to commemorate 70 years since VE Day. The Councillors spoke to veterans who have fought in wars.
The School Councillors accompanied our local councillor, Martin Suthers, on a trip to County Hall in West Bridgford to meet the Chairman of Nottinghamshire.
They visited the Council Chambers and learnt what it's like to be on a real council! They also signed the visitors' book which the Queen has signed too!