Our School Council
Winterslow School Council have a variety of key roles in school. We talk and lead on school improvement projects, take tours of prospective parents around the school, decide which charities to support and host open mornings. We are also really keen on promoting recycling and environment projects in school.
Our Current Focus 2022-2023
Reviewing the behaviour policy and anti-bullying policy
This term the children have reviewed the behaviour and anti-bullying policy for our school. We value their contributions to these documents and were proud of their approach to 'giving people time to make things right' as part of our behaviour policy and 'noticing and reporting the small things' about bullying. These are available to view on our website.
Supporting Cancer Research- courageous advocacy
The school council have chosen to become involved in a new initiative that supports Cancer Research UK through our local community. We are encouraging parents, children and our local area to donate pringles tubes, bread packets and chocolate wrappers to Winterslow Baptist Church-who will in donate to the charity. They were motivated to support this cause not only for the environmental benefits but the church will always donate money to Cancer Research for items collected and recycled.
Sustainable schools link
We are also working with the schools in our academy to ensure we are all as sustainable in our practice as possible. School council members from each school will visit a partner school to see if they can exchange ideas to help develop their school.
We are also working closely with PLACE to look at how we can better connect to our community and become advocates for change. (more information about our involvement with the PLACE project below)
If you would like to hear more, we have an interactive QR quest which explains all the work we are doing to help our environment.
Our Eco School
At Winterslow Primary School we are dedicated to encouraging our pupils to become ambassadors for change. Our individual ‘sparkly’ curriculum has been specifically designed to promote sustainability, with each year group researching and creating new initiatives to help support our environment. These are based on the sustainability goals and are designed to give our young people a voice and the chance to impact their future.
Caring for the environment is something we feel passionate about in school. We want every child to leave Winterslow with a real awareness of the local, national and global environment and how each one can make a huge difference to the quality of the environment for everyone. Looking after the environment and global issues are integrated into our curriculum.
Throughout the school year, children focus on our environment in a variety of ways where they can fit into the curriculum and then in term six across the whole school every class has an enquiry which has an environmental focus.
We cover a whole range of issues and topics including bio-diversity, energy, reusable plastic, healthy living and global citizenship in school and have previously been a Regional Expert Centre for the Global Learning Programme.
Still to come...
We have also embarked on a new pool heating initiative….. more info to follow soon.
Previous School Council projects
Our School Council lead our recycling and charity efforts across the school. They set the agenda, help to plan our activities and ensure that everyone really makes a difference.
Some of our recent projects include adding recycling bins to every class, introducing crisp recycling and litter picking. Previously our School Council were involved in the introduction of Solar Panels on our school roof! Our School Council have stickers that they give children when they see them doing something Green eg saving electricity by turning a light off, reusing scrap paper, recycling a crisp packet etc.
Each year we support a different charity, in the past few years we have collected items for Samara Purse (women and children in Syria), recycled school coats for local families in need, taken part in 'spend a penny' for World Toilet day, toilet twinning and more.
What is the PLACE project?
As part of this we work closely with the PLACE project-