At St Mary’s we have a very active School Council, eager to participate in all aspects of school life as well as across the local schools’ Coastal Alliance. Councillors from Years 2,3,4,5 and 6 meet at lunchtime as often as possible to discuss how current initiatives are developing and any future plans we may have.
A recent development for the school council is that they now run a ‘healthy snacks’ fruit and veg stall at playtime for KS2, who pay 20p if they wish to have an additional snack. This was the school council’s idea in 2018 and has been implemented successfully.
In November 2019, our year 2, 4 and 6 representatives were invited to participate in the Alliance Forum, hosted by Head Teacher Ben Cooper at Swalecliffe School. This year the forum had a focus on environmental awareness. Children heard from an introductory speaker (an eco-schools assessor) who explained to children different ways that they could make changes to become an eco-school. They also participated in various activities throughout the morning. All schools discussed and decided upon one particular area that they would like to focus on. In addition to all of the wonderful initiatives already in place in many schools, Coastal Alliance schools have decided to collect crisp packets to send off to Kent Air Ambulance so that they can recycle these to make insulated blankets.
In addition to this, we are hoping to take on some ideas from other schools and take a few steps closer to gaining eco-school status. We are hoping to implement litter picks, beach cleans, create a new eco-code which is displayed in every classroom as well as on a specifically allocated eco-board. We are also hoping to make more use of our school garden by planting flowers, fruit and veg in the spring so that we can even sample some of the produce in the summer term and maybe even sell some in our ‘healthy snacks’ stall!
In order to fund these ambitious projects, councillors will be asking classmates to put forward ideas for fundraising opportunities to buy items such as litter pickers, compost, seeds and plants pots.
A busy year I’m sure you will agree!
Mrs M Martyn