Who we are
Class 1 MP: Sam and Nina
Class 2 MP: Teddy and Florence
Class 3 MPs: Lily and Sergei
Class 4 MPs: Celia and Harry
Class 5 MPs: Emily and Luca
Class 6 MPs: Emma and Matty
Our latest meeting
We met today to discuss plans for fundraising across the rest of the year now that the Christmas Productions have finished. We talked about plans to hold a 'Bidborough's Got Talent' competition in the summer term. We also talked about sponsored events such as a mini-marathon or sponsored hula-hooping for next term.
We met today to discuss our progress towards the Spiritual Garden. Unfortunately we still haven't had any volunteers to help with digging so we came up with plans to ask specific parents directly. Harry is going to draft a letter to send directly to parents too. We talked again about plans for fundraising and our Bidborough's got talent competition. We decided that it would be best to do these things in the summer term.
Today we judged the school rule poster competition. The standard of entries was really high and it was really hard to choose which one was the best. We are going to announce the winner on Friday during assembly!
We haven't managed to recruit any gardening volunteers yet. Mrs Burton is going to put another request out on the weekly newsletter for us, so hopefully someone will be able to help us out with the spiritual garden soon. The weather hasn't been too good for gardening unfortunately!
We have also launched a poster competition. We have asked all the children in the school to design a poster for our 3 school rules.
This week we met with Miss Greenwood and also the Worship leaders to decide how we wanted the spiritual garden to be improved. We have come up with a design and have some lovely bulbs that we can plant there. We now need some adults to help us with digging some flower beds. Mrs Burton is going to put a request out on the newsletter for us.
Today we met to talk about our School improvement project for the year. We decided that we would work on the Spiritual garden so that it could be accessibly all year round as a place to go and reflect. We have plans to put a path in and some additional flower beds. School Parliament are going to meet with Miss Greenwood next week to come up with a design.
We also talked about fundraising activities for this year. We thought that it might be a good idea to hold a 'Bidborough's got Talent' event to raise money for our chosen charities. More information to follow soon!
We have been consulting with our classes as to what our School Parliament project should be this year. We have had lots of ideas and will let you know we've decided upon soon.
We have been thinking about our school rules. To make it really clear to everyone, we have decided that we should have just 3 rules:
Be a learner.
We have a new school parliament! Today we met for the first time and discussed our roles! We also decided upon the Charities that we will be supporting this year: BlinK (our link with Kibigwa), Project 800 (the restoration of St. Lawrence Church) and Young Minds (a charity promoting mental health amongst young people).
This week we had some lunch time questions to answer. Some children in Year 3 have asked whether we can have salt and pepper and sauces on the table. We suspect that sauces and salt may not be allowed because they are not good for your health. The lunch time food group are going to talk with the kitchen staff however to find out for definite.
Having talked to our classes about parking, we have decided that it might be a good idea to remind parents about safety at the beginning and end of the school day. Everyone agreed that it would be a good idea to have a safety poster competition. All the Parliament members are going to ask their classes to create safety posters over the next week and a half. There will be a competition for the best 3 and Mrs Fowler will arrange a prize. The posters will then be sent out to parents and displayed around school as a reminder.
This week our new playground equipment arrived. It looks really great. We have decided not to get it all out however until we have some suitable storage for it so that it doesn't get lost or broken. We are really grateful to the PTA and Jonjo and Lola are going to write a letter to them saying thank you.
We also talked about parking today. Some of the parents and governors have been concerned about whether parents are parking safely at the start and end of the school day. We have decided to ask our classes what they think about this.
This week we put in an order for the new playground equipment that we want to buy for Key Stage 2. We had a look at some catalogues and some websites and decided what we would like to play with. The money from the PTA will buy about half of the equipment that we need, and we are hoping that the skipping event will pay for the rest. We have ordered giant Jenga blocks, yo-yos, skipping ropes, a parachute and kosh balls.
Today we reviewed what we have achieved as a school parliament this week. We are pleased to the changes with lunchtimes - the larger portions and the cleaning cloths on the tables. We have now sent a letter to the PTA asking for help with the new equipment that we want to buy, and we are also looking forward to the Jump Rope for Heart skipping event that will be held in June for the British Heart Foundation. This will not only raise money for the BHF, but 20% of all money raised will also go towards our playground project.
Once again, we discussed progress towards our lunchtime project. We now have a quote for the cost of a canopy for the outdoor classroom and we worked out the costs of the new equipment we want to buy. We have put all this information into a letter to the PTA asking if they can help with any of the funding. We also talked about holding some of our own fundraising events as the canopy is going to be really expensive.
As well as our school project, we talked about safety at the beginning and end of the school day. Some of the adults around school think that parents are parking dangerously. We decided to talk to the classes that we represent to see what they think about this issue and to see if there is anything that could be done to make things safer.
We have continued to work on our School lunch time projects, and have been busy costing playground equipment and trying to find out what our options are for the outdoor classroom. We were hoping that some parents might be carpenters and/or builders who might be able to help us. We put a call out in the newsletter, but as yet, now one has come back to us. We are going to try some other companies to see if they can help now. We will hopefully have finished our letters to the PTA this week, asking for help with the cost of new equipment for the Key stage 2 (bottom) playground.
Today we talked to the whole school about whether they had seen an improvement in lunchtimes. The outdoor classroom is now open, although it does still need improving. Some of the children said that they had seen an improvement in portion sizes in the school dinners which we were pleased about. We still need to work on cleanliness in the dinner hall and equipment for lower playground.
Once again, we met today to feed-back on our working party actions. The Food group have met with the catering company recently. The catering company have agreed to look into increasing portion sizes for older children and to think of ways to improve the menu. The catering company have said that they are happy to put on special themed lunches if a particular class is having a special topic or country day. The groups responsible for the Spiritual garden have met with Mrs Ronaldson, who is in charge of Children’s University gardening group. She has agreed to make the spiritual garden part of the Children’s University gardening project. The Outdoor classroom group having been looking into the cost of adding a roof to keep the area drier. We have invited some companies in to talk to us about what our options might be with this.
Today we met to discuss funding for our school improvement project. Excitingly, the PTA have agreed to give us some money to help pay for our improvements. We just need to find out exactly how much money we will need and let them know. It may be that we need more money than the PTA have. We are planning to hold a ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ even in the Spring term. This is a skipping event that will not only raise money for the British Heart Foundation, it will also raise some money for the school as well.
Today each working party group reported back to School Parliament on their actions. The Food group have met with Mrs Burton and have set up a meeting with the catering company to discuss portion sizes and special lunches. The playground group have been gathering ideas from the school about how outdoor play could be improved. They found out that quite a few children would like somewhere quiet that they could chat or read down on the bottom playground. The outdoor classroom group have spoken to Mr Dunn about how it could be made more usable in the winter months and the Spiritual Garden group have done a survey of the garden and feel it could do with a new path and some more flowers.
Today during our meeting we split into working parties to focus on different aspects of lunchtimes. The four groups are:
- The Spiritual Garden
- Food and the hall
- The playground
- The Outdoor classroom
Each group will be responsible for finding out and costing improvements that could be made.
Today we held a meeting to discuss what our school project is going to be this year. After consulting with the different classes that we represent, the most common theme seemed to be 'lunchtimes.' This is therefore what we have decided to focus on. Over the next week, we will be asking the rest of the school exactly which aspects of lunchtimes they think could be improved and how (e.g. eating in the hall, play equipment, wet playtimes etc.). We are then going to think of ways in which we can makes lunchtimes even better for everyone and put this into an action plan. If we need money to buy new things we will also discuss how we might do this.
Today we led an assembly in which we introduced ourselves to the whole school. We told everyone how we would like to improve the school over the year, and which charities we had chosen to support and why. We then took questions and listened to some suggestions about how the school could be made even better than it is.
Today we discussed which charities we are going to be supporting this year as a school These are the ones we decided upon:
Local: Demelza House
National: British Heart Foundation
International: World Wildlife Fund.
We also discussed how we might like to improve the school this year. Having listened to suggestions from each class, we think that we would like to improve travelling to and from school.
Today we talked about the work on the book corners so far, they are looking great! On Wednesday School Parliament are holding class assemblies to discuss what is meant by the term 'hung parliament.' We decided that we would have one more meeting before the end of term to discuss our achievements this year.
We met this morning to discuss the progress of the book corners. Ms Hulbert and Mrs Rowland-Brown were able to join us for our meeting and give us an update. It was great to hear that work has already happened in Class One and Two and that hopefully by the end of term, the book corners will be complete across the school (apart from Class R, as their project is a little bigger!) We are looking forward to hearing how pleased all of the classes are with their new book corners. They are certainly going to be wonderful areas to develop our love and passion for reading.
Today in our Parliament meeting we were discussing the class book corners. Miss Hook has met with Ms Hulbert, Mrs Price and Mrs Rowland-Brown who are helping us to design and re-create the book corners. We are so grateful for their contributions towards our project.
In other news, we said goodbye to Annabelle who is off to a new school. She has been a wonderful member of School Parliament and will be very much missed. We wish her all the best.
Today we held an Assembly for the whole school about our trip to the Houses of Parliament last week. Everybody was keen to listen to what we had found out and had lots of questions, especially about the Queen's secret toilet!
We had a wonderful day out in London at the Houses of Parliament. We were taken on a tour and got to see inside the Queen's Robing room, the House of Lords and we even got the chance to see the speaker in a parade on his way to the House of Commons. We felt very lucky to have been given such an invaluable opportunity. One child said 'I can't believe we've got to stand in the entrance the Queen uses...' and Miss Wright said, 'It was the best school trip ever!' I think that just about sums up everybody's thoughts! The children were very well-behaved and a credit to school. Well done and thank you!
We raised £198.00 for Muscular Dystrophy-well done everybody!
We are very grateful to the PTA who are going to give us some money to improve class book corners. Our aim is to make them more exciting and inviting places to choose and read books.
We are going to the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 15th March. We are so excited and feel very privileged to be getting this opportunity. Watch this space for more news...
Go Orange for Muscular Dystrophy!
Well done on the massive effort made by all in support of this fantastic charity and a special thank you from your School Parliament members.
Today we met to talk about what our big project is going to be this year. We decided we are going to work hard to improve the book corners in our classrooms.
We also discussed how to raise money to support our chosen Muscular Dystrophy charity. On Friday 27th January, we are going ORANGE for the day so wear something orange and bring in a donation!
We had a meeting this morning to discuss the big project that we are going to take on this year. Watch this space for more information!
We are also having a School Parliament Assembly today to share our ideas with the whole school and to talk about why we enjoy being an MP.
Today we met and talked about ideas that the MPs had for improving things to do with school lunches. They also thought about what our 'big' project for the year could be this school year.
Ollie and Evie spoke about Remembrance Sunday and said what an honour it was to go to the Town Hall and meet the Mayor.
On Sunday, our Year 6 MPs were invited to attend the Remembrance Day events in Tunbridge Wells followed by an invite from the Mayor to the Town Hall afterwards for refreshments. They were moved and humbled by the proceedings and looked very 'at home' in the Council Chamber!
Today we met with some staff members from CaterLink who came to talk to us about school dinners. We talked about the foods we liked, disliked and new foods that we liked to try. Next week, the kitchen staff will be offering children the chance to sample new foods...watch this space for changes to the menu!