How are we feeling about being back in school post COVID lockdown? Written by our house captains.
'Returning back to school has been challenging to say the least. The first couple of weeks were tricky for everyone including our remarkable staff. Everyone in the school has been trying to make our school a safer place to learn,by hand sanitising as we go in and out of the building and staying in our social bubbles. We have been trying to distance ourselves from other classes as much as we can, which was hard at first as you could imagine, but we got through it and tried to concentrate in class as much as we can! Hopefully soon the pandemic will be over and we can get back to our ‘normal’ life and get back on track on how it was last year. Our school is VERY lucky that we have only had one Covid case in our pre - school, because most schools in our local area have had many more! Personally, I think it's a great achievement to be one of the few schools that have had 1 case, it just proves how hard our incredible staff are trying to keep everyone safe. We all are working hard to follow the rules we are given so we can protect everyone around us!'
'My first term back has been amazing and I have loved every moment of it. Since being back, a few things have changed. I have a new teacher called Miss Hulland, I was a little worried at first but she is great. When we get into school we have to change our shoes and at lunch and break we have to stay in our bubbles. I wish we could play with people from other classes but I know we’re doing it for health and safety. This year we also should have been buddies for reception, I was getting really excited to do this because my sister is in reception but unfortunately we’re not going to be able to. One of the best things this term was that I was announced house captain of Nothe. All the lessons have been really fun at the moment and we’ve had fantastic topics for English. Even though there’s Covid-19 we’re having lots of fun. I’m happy to be back in school and hope it continues as it’s my last year here.'
Keeping you safe:
A message for our children:
Is something worrying you? Is someone hurting you?
Sometimes you may have problems outside of school but think that we won’t be interested in them or that we can’t do anything about it. Well, we ARE interested and we CAN help. We are always here for you, so please find one of us to talk to. That can be your teacher, a teaching assistant, a dinner-lady, or one of the lovely people in our school office. Don’t be afraid to ask.
Even if you think your worries are too big or that you may get into trouble if you tell anyone, come to us for help. Sometimes the people or person hurting you might be an adult (or adults) who you know well, but we’ll still support you no matter what.
If you really don’t feel that you can talk to anyone at school about it, it might be easier for you to speak to someone you don’t know. If so, you should call ChildLine. It’s a free helpline for children in the UK. You can phone them on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem – their counsellors are always here to help you sort it out. To find out more about the services offered by Childline, just click here.
Welcome to our Pupil Voice page. This page will have all the latest School Council and Rights Respecting Ambassador news. Our Pupil Voice group aim to meet fortnightly; at the bottom of this page you will be able to read about what happened at the most recent meeting (in the children's own words).
We are Rights Respecting Gold. We are delighted that our school has been recognised for establishing an environment where pupil voice is paramount to the children's learning and running of our school. Please take the time to read our RRS level 2 (Gold) report, which we are extremely proud of.
Our School Council and our Rights Respecting School Ambassadors
The ‘United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’ underpins everything that we do here at Chickerell Primary Academy.
Article 12 ‘You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously’
Democracy in action
School Councils are democracy in action; the School Council at Chickerell Primary Academy consists of representatives from Year 1 to Year 6. Our Reception classes learn about democracy through their Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and contribute ideas for the School Council to discuss. The School Council meets every two weeks alongside our Rights Respecting School Ambassadors (RRSA) to express views on behalf of their classes and to make decisions.
Mrs. Llewellyn leads our School Council and Miss Stanton leads our RRSA; we all meet together as a Pupil Voice group so that we can share our ideas and the jobs we need to do after our meetings. Mrs. Llewellyn and Miss Stanton prepare minutes of the meetings for our class teachers and also post these on the website for us. After each meeting we are given a ‘job’ to carry out within school for example, we may have to talk to our classes about a school issue or gather ideas about how we could improve upon an area within school.
Staff are always keen to know the views of our pupils. For example, our School Council and RRSA will be discussing their thoughts about our Enrichment sessions and our ‘Day at the museum’ whole school History open afternoon over the next few weeks.
Decisions made by the School Council last year included:
- how to fund raise for Fairtrade Fortnight
- how to organise our ‘Cool to be Kind’ anti-bullying week
- ideas for our whole school ‘Well-being Week’
This year we would like to create a child friendly School Improvement Plan so that we are all aware of what needs to be done to make our school even better.
The School Council and our RRSA are even involved in the interview process for vacancies in school. Two members recently showed candidates around the school, explained our school ethos to them and then reported back to Miss Harris about how friendly and interested the candidates were.
Representatives of the School Council and our RRSA are very much active citizens within the school and the local community. They have led whole school assemblies, taken the lead in overseeing Rights Respecting displays and Class Charters and have created a whole school Rights Respecting display for the school hall. They have also advised teachers on the wording of their Classroom Charters.
How can you as a pupil become involved?
The School Council, alongside our RRSA plays a vital role in the life of Chickerell Primary Academy. They voice the views of the pupils and help Miss Harris, our Governors and our staff to continually strive for school improvement. We know that when children feel safe and secure at school and when they know that their opinions and views are valued and listened to, they will feel an integral part of our school community. This is very important to us here at Chickerell Primary Academy and therefore we encourage our children to become involved and to represent the views of their classes so that we can all work together in a democratic way.
In Key Stage 1 elections for the School Council take place at the beginning of the autumn term within classes. Key Stage 2 children are invited to write a letter to Miss Harris, our Head Teacher, explaining why they would like to become a School Councillor, Miss Harris then selects those children who have impressed her with their enthusiasm for the role. Miss Stanton leads the elections for the RRSA in the summer term so that she has time to work alongside them and support them before they begin their important roles the following term.
If you would like to become a member of our School Council or a RRSA then let your class teacher and your friends know. If you are not successful in gaining a place this year then make sure that you involve yourself as fully as you can by letting your current class councilors and ambassadors know your views!
Chickerell Primary Academy – working in partnership with our children at every level
Rights Respecting Schools Award Level Gold
The children and teachers of Chickerell Primary Academy have been working very hard over the past few years to build upon being Rights Respecting Level 1 and to be awarded Rights Respecting Level Gold. We are so proud that our hard work has paid off and we have now been awarded RRS Gold. The inspectors who came into school to see our fantastic learning and achievements were extremely impressed with the standard of our school and their report reads brilliantly. We would love for you to take some time to read this report and would also like to thank you for supporting your children with this.
A letter from the Rights Respecting inspectors
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
The UNCRC underpins all that we do as a school. All children in school are aware that they have rights and that they respect the rights of others, whilst taking responsibility for their own rights and actions.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
UNICEF day for a Change
The children decided to raise money to go towards aiding the Syrian crisis, by wearing UNICEF's official colour, blue, to school today. The children each brought in £1 to wear blue and raised a magnificent £328! The government have said that they will match any school's donation; so overall with the help of the government our school has raised £656!
This money will go towards the children still living in Syria and refugees who are in need of vital aid.
We started our day with an assembly that outlined what is currently happening in Syria and what UNICEF are doing to support the children in having their rights met.
During this assembly we focused on the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child articles-
You have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind.
You have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help you stay well.
You have the right to help from the government if you are poor or in need.
You have the right to food, clothing, a safe place to live and to have your basic needs met. You should not be disadvantaged so that you can’t do many of the things other children can do.
You have the right to play and rest.
Throughout the day the children all developed their understanding of the Syrian crisis further in their lessons.
How is the money we raised for UNICEF being spent?
2018/2019 Pupil Voice
- The Rights Respecting Ambassadors lead a speech during the school's Macmillan coffee morning about their rights and how charities, such as Macmillan, help children around the world to have their rights and needs met.
- The Pupil Voice group have worked alongside the teaching staff and lunchtime supervisors to help create a Whole School Lunchtime Charter. The charters were introduced in assembly by Miss Harris but the Pupil Voice Group have spoken to their classes about them too.
- The Pupil Voice group completed Pupil Surveys that will help to improve our school.
- They planned and organised activities for Fairtrade Fortnight.
2019/2020 Pupil Voice
It has been lovely to get to know about our new pupil voice group. So far we have...
- Created our new display in the hall
- Completed surveys to help us to improve the school
- Checked that all teachers have their Class Charters displayed
- Put our UNCRC rights on displays around our classrooms
- Shared our ideas on school improvement
- Organised Fairtrade Fortnight
- Met with the Chickerell Town Mayor to discuss the 'Go Green' initiative