Environment Awareness Day
On January 29th the school organised an Environment Awareness Day. Lee Bennion, a Play Ranger from Three Rivers, came to school to deliver an assembly all about the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The children took this message eagerly back to their classrooms where they discussed the issue. All came up with some wonderful suggestions about how they and the school can implement sustainable changes that help protect our environment.
In the morning, children were also surveyed in how they got to school. This was compared with a survey we carried out at the beginning of term. Well done to Y2 who managed to reduce their numbers of car journeys and increase scooting and walking to school.
Y6 considered innovations that we could adopt at school, created presentations and pitched these to both Miss Bowler and Mrs O’Neill.
Using rubbish collected from lunchboxes and at home, Y4 created their own ocean display.
Members of the School Council attended a meeting at the Three Rivers District Council Office. They met with representatives from 16 other local schools to discuss issues relating to the environment. Members of the council led a hands on session for the children examining what waste can currently be recycled; the importance of reduce, reuse, recycle and how WRAP are helping to recycling products no longer needed from local companies. The representatives came back to school enthused and have subsequently held a meeting with a member of the PTA to discuss how they can work together to manage waste and plastic use at the school’s PTA events. Watch this space for updates on how they are impacting on this issue.
Summer 2018 – Three Rivers District Council’s 2018 Youth Council
All of the school council representatives took part in the Three Rivers District Council’s 2018 Youth Council which was held at Watersmeet Theatre in Rickmansworth. This was an opportunity for different schools from the local area together together and to work together. Ideas were shared, projects discussed and generally fun had by all. The children also had the chance to ask the local Councillors questions.
History of the school council
The Arnett Hills School Council is an elected body of children from all year groups who each represent a different class in a forum for children to take an active part in the running of the school. The offices of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Administrator are filled by elected Y6 children.
Mrs O’Neill (our Deputy Headteacher) are in charge of the School Council. They meet regularly with the children during each term and listen to the ‘voice’ of the children. Feedback to Miss Ali is made through the Chairperson.
Over the past year the School Council has selected charities to support on a local, national and global stage. They have also organised the running of a healthy tuck shop, funds from which will be spent on resources for school.
Targets achieved previously have included buying and setting up a fish tank in our entrance, lockers purchased for Year 6, setting up and running the weekly Tuesday tuck-shop, the selection and installation of new playground trim trail and the running of various lunchtime activities including games, card, yoyo and library club. Through a pupil survey previously the school council also highlighted pupils’ desire for an art club – we now have two in place.