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Easter Bonnet making at the local sheltered housing!

Monday 13th March

Litter Picking!

As part of the Great British Spring Clean, the School Council went litter picking along with Neal Alison (Osborne Construction), Sue Newman (Community Police officer) and Ruth (Community link at Tesco stores).  We worked together showing respect for our local environment and being role models for our school.

Litter picking in the local area

Monday 27th February

This morning our school council led a whole school assembly about their visit to the building site.  The team talked the children through what we did and why we did it.  They told the classes about safety on the site, the purpose of the building site and about the broad variety of styles of work on the site.

 

Well done team!  A great effort!  We are looking forward to litter picking on Friday morning with the team from Osborne and the community team from Tesco.

School Council visit to Osborne Construction Building Site: 15th February 2017

 

On Wednesday 15th February we went to visit a local building site to find out all about how people work together to build on a large scale.

 

We were lucky enough to tour the site, read plans, interview staff and we even learned how to lay bricks!  Have a look at some of the photographs to see how much fun we had.

School Council Visit to Osborne Construction building site

Learning about our Golden Rules: Lunchtime Inspectors!

 

Our School Council are having lots of input into the implementation of our Golden Rules.  The first thing they have done is to be lunchtime inspectors.  This involves spending time in the dining room watching what is going on, finding out who is following the Golden Rules and how this looks.  The first Golden Rule we have looked at is 'staying safe'.  The school council decided that they would see children sitting nicely on their chairs, using their inside voices, that there would be little (if any) food dropped on the floor and that children would walk around the hall nicely.

 

The school council members had an early lunch yesterday before donning a high visibility jacket and grabbing a clipboard and a pencil so that they could be seen as they jotted down names of children who were doing the right thing in the hall.  The team have chosen 3 children in their pairs and they will be giving them a reward during assembly next week.

 

Watch this space for their next project.......Year 1 School Council members collecting names

Planting in Winnall!

We went on our first challenge on Tuesday afternoon (27th September).  We planted flowers, herbs and plants near the sheltered housing and outside the community centre.  Everybody who walked past us as we were doing our planting commented on how nice it now looks!

Planting in Winnall with Neal Alllison from Osborne Construction.

Planting in Winnall with Neal Alllison from Osborne Construction. 1
Planting in Winnall with Neal Alllison from Osborne Construction. 2
Planting in Winnall with Neal Alllison from Osborne Construction. 3
Planting in Winnall with Neal Alllison from Osborne Construction. 4
Planting in Winnall with Neal Alllison from Osborne Construction. 5
Planting in Winnall with Neal Alllison from Osborne Construction. 6
Planting in Winnall with Neal Alllison from Osborne Construction. 7
Planting in Winnall with Neal Alllison from Osborne Construction. 8
Planting in Winnall with Neal Alllison from Osborne Construction. 9
We have now appointed our new school Council representatives and held our first meeting today!  We met in the Library and the children shared a little bit about themselves with everyone so that we get to know each other as a team.  We are beginning the term with 2 important projects.  The first one is to design some poster's, fliers and 'parking tickets' to remind parents not to park on the zig-zag lines before and after school.  The second is that we will be doing some planting at the Community Centre next Tuesday along with Neal Allison from Osborne Construction.  Watch this space for photographs and updates!

The Rebuilding of Winnall Primary School!

Our Collaboration with Oliver's Battery Primary School: Friday 22nd January

 

Oliver's Battery Primary School will be rebuilt during the coming year.  The Head teacher from Oliver's Battery Primary School contacted Mr James to ask if their school council could come and visit us to talk about what happens when a school is rebuilt.  We started by showing them a powerpoint (see below) that showed photographs of the process we went through.  Then, the children from Oliver's Battery asked some questions that they had prepared before we took them on a tour of our school.  It made us feel very proud about what we have here now and it reminded us of what the school looked like before it was rebuilt!  Next half term we are going to visit Oliver's Battery School to find out about their amazing breaktime and lunchtime arrangements so that we can have some new ideas and use them to make some improvements to ours.

 

 

Photographs showing how the school looked before and after we had it rebuilt!

Photographs showing how the school looked before and after we had it rebuilt! 1
Photographs showing how the school looked before and after we had it rebuilt! 2
Photographs showing how the school looked before and after we had it rebuilt! 3
Photographs showing how the school looked before and after we had it rebuilt! 4
Photographs showing how the school looked before and after we had it rebuilt! 5
Photographs showing how the school looked before and after we had it rebuilt! 6
Photographs showing how the school looked before and after we had it rebuilt! 7
Photographs showing how the school looked before and after we had it rebuilt! 8
Photographs showing how the school looked before and after we had it rebuilt! 9

Tuesday 24th November

 

We will be creating a bug hotel in our school grounds and need toilet tubes, plastic bottles, pen casing or drinking straws, corrugated card, plant pots and cardboard to create it.

 

Our school council have created posters to encourage the children to bring these items in from home so that we can ask Neal to come and help us build it!

Bug hotel posters!

Bug hotel posters! 1
Bug hotel posters! 2
Bug hotel posters! 3
Bug hotel posters! 4
Bug hotel posters! 5

Monday 5th October

Meeting Neal Allison from Osborne Construction

We were all very excited to have a special visitor in last Thursday.  Neal Allison who is responsible for community links with Osborne construction came in to talk to us about some projects he would like to do with us.  Barry Barnett also joined us to help us out.  We took him on a tour of our outdoor space.  He was particularly impressed with our raised beds and the fantastic vegetables we are growing!  We are going to do a project to build a 'bug hotel'.  We will collect and recycle unwanted bottles, tubes and card and use building pallets to create a fantastic space for bugs to live!  We made an action plan to work out who was going to do what and what we will need to do first....

Where shall we put our bug hotel?

Where shall we put our bug hotel? 1 Neal Allison telling us about projects we can do!
Where shall we put our bug hotel? 2 Looking for good places for a bug hotel
Where shall we put our bug hotel? 3
Where shall we put our bug hotel? 4 Our fantastic raised beds!

Tuesday 22nd September

Our first official Voice meeting!

 

Today we had our first School Council meeting.  In preparation for this, the school council had spoken with their classes to find out what we do well at Winnall Primary School and what they particularly like about the school.  They also asked the classes what they would like at our school that would improve it and make it even better!Our School Council ideas books!

We recorded all of the suggestions the children made in our ideas books and shared them at our meeting.

 

The children at Winnall like lots of things about our school including:

 

  • Pen Licences
  • Art
  • The way the teachers take care of the children
  • The school dinners
  • The play trail
  • Making new friends in the playground or during house activity days
  • Our new carpets
  • The topic's we do like 'Knights and Castles'
  • Football at lunchtime

 

Watch this space to find out what we are going to do to make it even better!

The Voice: School Council 2015 - 2016

We have appointed a super team of children who will be working with their classes and teachers on projects to improve the opportunities they have in school.  They will all be holding a class council this week to find out and share the views of the children in their classes ready to share in our first official meeting!  Watch this space for updates about what we get up to!

Our School Council represents the views of all our pupils with two pupils elected by each class. It gives children the opportunity to make their voices heard, learn about democracy and feel part of the whole school community.

 

In 2014/15, the School Council discussed a number of key topics and made important contributions to school life, including the devising of a new programme of school clubs. The school council are called the "Voice" and here are some of the things they have said about Winnall School.

VOXPOP

The Voice of Winnall School

 

Jack, a year 6 Voice rep said "Winnall School is amazing because we achieve our goals through teamwork and having fabulous teachers!" A recent highlight has been the Sports Day - "I enjoyed javelin and threw the discus the furtherest out of the whole school!" Fellow year 6 rep is Nathan. "Singing in the Cathedral was fun although there was a lot of rehearsing." Nathan and Jack really enjoyed the Rounders Competition as Winnall school won all but one of their rounds and they were proud of their achievement at the Summer Fair. "We raised £130 through our Teddy Tombola - it was so much fun!"

Coach Jewells got a special mention - both boys described his contribution as "awesome, inspiring and he is funny"

 

 

The Voice Reps from year 4 are Beth and Korlee. The Summer Fair has been another highlight. Korlee was proud that he, his friend Jack and Kieran from year 3 made £72 running the sweet tombola. The swimming lessons that the class went to were "excellent fun, we got to dive in and learnt how to swim". Beth commented on Miss Jones's maths which she enjoys and that she feels the playtrail is "amazing and our playground is nice and big". They both mentioned sports day and Korlee commented on the after-school clubs like Rounders and Football with Coach Jewells. 

 

Part of what the Voice does is see what the children would like to do or change within the school. Korlee said that "we'd like swings for the playground" in the future!

Paul, year 3 Voice rep enthusiastically said the following when asked about coming to school: "the lovely teachers at Winnall encourage us to learn and move on!" Emma seconded this and said she "enjoyed reading so she can get better".  Whilst outside, the playtrail is "gigantic and it's great because we can start wherever we want - the spinney bit is my favourite part". Paul said he enjoyed sports day, especially the relay race. Doing Holi Art with Mrs McDonald "was so much fun, we threw paint and used glue and tissue to make artwork" which now decorates the walls.