This week, our School Council members decided to interview Mr Houghton to find out about how he can help us to look after our mental health. We found out that its important to look after our physical health too. He advised us to do this by getting more sleep, being as active as possible and eating a healthy diet!
Last week, all children across the school took part in workshops to raise awareness of mental health. The children across school learned the difference between small and ‘big’ feelings before generating a ‘treasure chest’ strategies they can use to make themselves feel better. They also developed their understanding of who can give them a ‘helping hand’ if they feel they are struggling or concerned about their emotions and mental health. After the workshops, everyone showed their support for the charity ‘Place2Be’ by purchasing charity wristbands and visiting the ‘healthy foods market’ during playtime to keep their bodies healthy as well as their minds. We managed to raise a fantastic £350! Thank you to everyone who took part!
In the past couple of weeks, School Council have been using the children’s comments to start to help to plan workshops for different classes. The children have decided to focus the workshops on developing everyone’s understanding of what mental health is, who we can talk to about our mental health and developing strategies to help ourselves feel better. These workshops will take place in the next half-term!
School Council have been very busy preparing questions to seek the views of their peers in relation to their mental health. They would like to raise everyone’s awareness of this as a school. Some of the questions they have prepared will be shared at an upcoming assembly to elicit what everyone already knows. Then, they can help Miss Fidler to plan workshops for classes to enable them to improve their peers’ knowledge.
I would like to extend a huge congratulations to the whole school as well as the School Council members who chose to take an active part in showing the outstanding practice we have created enabling us to achieve the ‘Investors in Pupils’ award. The children completed an informative tour and engaging presentation. All the visitors were very complimentary about their efforts! Well done!
Because of the outstanding practice which was witnessed during the IIP re-assessment award, West End Academy has now been chosen as a host school. This means we can showcase the excellent provision we offer to other schools through a hosting day. Part of this visit will require School Council to deliver a presentation so we have been incredibly busy starting to discuss and debate ideas which we feel we’d like to share…but we are keeping these to ourselves for now! More updates will soon follow…
Recently we proudly re-achieved the Investors in Pupils award. I am so proud of school council for taking an active part in this process and for all their hard work throughout the year! Their fantastic contribution to the school has been recognised by the Investors in Pupils assessor. Here are some quotes from the report…
‘An enlightening pupil presentation which was informative and helpful.’
‘The democratically elected School Council is an additional strength. Councillors take their role seriously and obviously feel that they are making a difference: ‘We are definitely listened to’. Councillors are able to put forward ideas or issues of concern and are fully aware of the attributes they need to carry out their role effectively. They know they have to explain their views and sometimes persuade others that an idea or suggestion is beneficial. They are also confident that they have had an impact, for example in developments at lunchtime.’
‘The tour of the school was impressively conducted by two confident and knowledgeable pupils keen to both help a visitor and also highlight specific features of West End’s work and approach to Investors in Pupils.’
Take a look at the new School Council display with the pupil’s presentation.
School council had great fun today interviewing our deputy head Mr Wood to find out what his role is in school. We found out that he monitors teaching and learning, as history and maths coordinator and he loves making lessons as engaging as possible.
Join in the fun on Friday when we fundraise for Sports Relief. Lets have fun, raise money and help change lives all over the world. How can you join in? Well, that is easy! Simply dress up in sports attire or as a famous person and donate a £1. Also, you can take part in a coin art creation project if you donate 1p and 2p coins up to the value of £1. We look forward to seeing your outfits!
Last week, School Council held their first meeting to discuss the different ways they can share information during a presentation. They came up with lots of fantastic ideas! This week, they have been beginning to collect the components that they need.