Welcome to our School Council! We are a Rights Respecting School, which is an Award run by UNICEF. There are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting school; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem. School Council are ambassadors for rights and take part in campaigns and activities to help to bring about change across the school, community and around the World. Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.
Mrs Green leads us in our meetings and we have lots of ideas to share and vote on decisions too. We write minutes, share these with our classes, put them on display and encourage each child to share their ideas with their school council representatives either in person, through classroom discussion or through the golden suggestion box in the hall (an idea given to us from one of our previous school council members).
This half term we are focusing on Wimborne's War on Waste and choosing charities for the school to support this year. Our aim is to make everyone at Witchampton aware that change will only happen if we all play a part. More information on Wimborne's War on Waste can be found here: http://wimbornewaronwaste.org.uk/ In Enrichment, everyone in the school watched A Plastic Ocean film clip then designed a poster about the journey of plastic. We talked about ways in which we can help the World, particularly life in oceans and rivers, by stopping our use of plastics. Some of the school community are attending the Plastic Free Street Party on Saturday 22nd September 2018.
Feedback through the parents' meetings and from talking to the children themselves mean we will vote for new school council reps each term from now on to give more children a chance to take on this role.
Read more about the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award here: https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/the-rrsa/what-is-a-rights-respecting-school/