Our School Council has 30 members from across the school, and were elected by their peers following an exercise in democracy.
Boldmere Junior School Council has focused on the various communities that we are a part of, and how we can engage with and contribute to each.
- School Community
- Local Community
- Wider Community
In the Autumn term, we worked as a unit to engage with the 'School Community'. Our first activity was to conduct a pupil voice survey about school dinners! We reported our findings to our Kitchen Team who are currently reviewing the menus available. In the second part of the Autumn term, we helped to organise a giant cake sale to bring the school together to raise money for the BBC Children in Need Appeal. This was a great success, and we thoroughly enjoyed selling the cakes to the children and adults. Finally, we conducted another pupil voice survey about how lessons in school are taught and on the ways that we record our ideas.
Spring followed Autumn and we set about our next mission: the 'Local Community'. With interest in the environment growing, and inspiration from a fellow young person Greta Thunberg, we engaged with members of a group called 'EcoSutton'. We carried out a whole school survey of staff and pupils about the way we all travel to school. We then input this data into a national scheme, otherwise known as ModeShift STARS. ModeShift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools) is a national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.
We were kindly lent an Air Quality Monitor by EcoSutton and have monitored the air quality during drop-off and pick-up times, and also on the school playground during break times as we are beneath a flight path. Unfortunately, due to adverse weather conditions and school closures, our data is limited. However, the results and observations that we have collated so far will be released in due course.
It is our aim in the Summer term to explore how Boldmere Junior School can engage with and contribute to the 'Wider Community'.