We believe it is very important that the children have a voice in the way our school is run.
Dunsford School Council comprises of representatives from each year group who are elected by their peers in September. The classes hold elections, with children sharing their testimonials in front of their peers, then elect one representative for each year group. They have formal meetings half-termly with Mrs. Kersey (Class 1 teacher), Mrs. Wilson (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs. Waddilove (School Governor), plus an invited peer guest to discuss ways in which our school could be further improved. We publish our School Council minutes on the School Council notice board in our library.
Responding to the views of our school councillors has led to some significant changes in recent years (including the way school lunches are organised, the selection of our current Headteacher in the interview process, and the design of the adventure playground equipment and pond). In addition, the school council organises events to raise money for local, national and international charities, often linked with recent news events.
Your 2017 School Councillors
Our School Council Vision Statement
- The work of our School Council is achieved through trust, cooperative team work and positive attitudes.
- We aim to achieve a safe and friendly learning environment, providing an understanding help line for all members of our school community.
- We ensure that all children in our school have their voice heard by holding regular Class Council discussions and these are fed back in School Council Meetings. The whole school is then updated with our progress in assemblies, our aim being that together we will make our school an even more superb place to be.
- We aim to organise enjoyable, fund raising events to benefit children who are less fortunate or require different resources to ourselves, in this country and abroad. We also assist the school in selecting leisure resources for our playtimes through different national voucher collecting schemes.
What can all our pupils do?
- TALK to their class representatives or any member of the School Council.
- WRITE their ideas down and put them in the suggestion box in the office.
- HELP US to spend the money raised by school council events.
- BE INVOLVED in all activities.
- NOMINATE themselves at the annual elections in September.
Children in Need Day
What a fantastic day of fundraising we had last week! Everyone looked amazing in their pyjamas and onesies. I asked two of our school councillors to tell us more:
“It was quite fun selling the cakes because you got to choose one as well and then pay for it,” said Inigo.
“I think it’s good to raise for money for children in Africa and in our country,” added Amy.
£183.56 was raised in all, including £37.50 from Dunsford Toddlers Group. This means that we will send £73.03 to Vipingo Village Fund and £110.53 to Children in Need. Thank you all.
Dress Like a Pirate Day 2017
What fun we had on Tuesday! There were lots of ‘oo arrs’ and ‘shiver me timbers’ around… We had a lot of fun while raising money for Diabetes UK: £83.25 was raised in total. Thank you so much for supporting the School Council with their fundraising.
Children in Need, Friday 18th November 2016
Well done to our wonderful School Councillors (Belle, William G, Simon, Harry G, Cameron, Sophie and Ellie) for a successful day of fundraising on Friday. Thank you to everyone at home, who supported the children in baking cakes and biscuits. Ellie and Sophie counted up the money raised yesterday: it was an amazing £156. Thank you all.
Denim for Diabetes Day, Friday 29th April 2016
The School Councillors final fund raising event for this year is for the Diabetes UK charity.
We would like the whole school to come wearing denim clothes on Friday 29th April and bring in a £1 donation for the Diabetes UK charity. It is officially Diabetes Week from the 12th to 18th June but Lottie felt it would be far too hot to wear denim at that time of the year so she thought we should do it earlier in the summer term. Let’s hope Lottie is right and we have a glorious sunny summer! Mrs Kersey will be talking to the school in assembly about diabetes. We would also like to request all our wonderful bakers, both children and adults, to do a final cake bake at home for this academic year to enable our popular after school cake stall to take place. Please bring in your cakes and biscuits to the school office that day. Thank you so much.
Once again we would like to thank you for joining in and supporting our fundraising efforts.
If you would like to find out more about diabetes then please go to the following website www.diabetes.org.uk which explains the signs and symptom of Type 1 Diabetes, which is an autoimmune condition linked mostly to children.
Do Something Marvellous Day – 4th March 2016
Don’t forget that Friday 4th March is our ‘Do Something Marvellous Day’. The school council would like pupils to bring in £1 and in their classes ‘Do Something Marvellous’ for charity. This could be singing a song, playing a musical instrument, reciting a poem, reading a favourite extract from a book, showing a piece of artwork they have made that they are proud of, showing and talking about a special certificate for swimming or other achievements such as Tai Kwon Do belts, sporting trophies, riding rosettes.
The school council would also like to have a Marvellous Cake and Biscuit Sale after school. They thoroughly enjoyed selling all the delicious bakes last term and benefitted from the entrepreneurial aspect this sale provides. Please could families kindly donate cakes and biscuits to support this popular event and bring them in on 4th March to the office please? The children really do love their cake sale!