26th January 2018
Today School Council attended the Student Council Cluster Conference at Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College. The theme of the Conference was diversity and celebrated differences around the world.
Firstly, we listened to an inspiring presentation by Chris Lubbe, Nelson Mandela's ex bodyguard.
We then spent the rest of our day participating in different activities including Nepalese dancing, African drumming, learning Russian and Italian, tasting different fruits and finding out about how people around the world brush their teeth.
We learned lots and worked with a diverse group of people from lots of different schools, cultures and countries to learn what makes us the same and different.
Well done to all School Councillors who were fantastic representatives of Oakley Infant School.
A huge thank you to everybody who donated to our local charity 'Real Change not Loose Change' following our Christmas performances.
In keeping with the UNCRC Article 24 and Article 27, the School Council decided that this was a very worthy charity helping homeless people in Basingstoke to have a warm place to stay and nutritious food to eat over the Christmas period.
This week School Council had their first official duty of welcoming visitors and supporting FRIENDS with the Harvest Festival. It was so nice to see so many grandparents supporting our school and enjoying our performances. The School Councillors did a fantastic job of serving our visitors using all their Oakley manners. They also collected money for the Basingstoke Food Bank. Thank you for your generosity.
Congratulations to our new Year 1 and Year 2 School Councillors.
Also, a huge well done to all those children who ran for election by putting lots of effort into creating eye-catching campaign posters and speaking infront of their class.
Thank you to everyone who voted.
This week we are thinking about the UNCRC Article 12 'Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them, and to have their views listened to.'
In our school every child has the right to have their opinion and ideas heard and listened carefully too. We work hard with our school council to make sure that our school is a safe, happy and healthy environment to learn and play in, and one which is created with the children, not just for the children.
A huge thank you to our post school councillors for all your hard work and dedication.
This week we are campaigning for votes from our class to elect new school councillors.
Year 1 and Year 2 classes will be holding their voting day on Thursday complete with polling card, candidate list and ballot boxes for a democratic voting day. Year R will hold their voting day in the Spring.
The new school councillors will be announced on Friday during Celebration Assembly.
Good Luck candidates!
Following a suggestion by another pupil the school council have voted to focus on maths in the new year. The councillors will be undergoing some basic lesson observation training in preparation for visits into one another's classrooms, where we will be looking at the challenge set in mathematics lessons. As the term progresses, we will be asking classmates to offer their suggestions for how we can make maths more challenging and we will be conducting an audit of the equipment available to support us in maths sessions.
Harvest Festival 2016
This year's Harvest Festival was the school council's first formal engagement. They were responsible for sharing cakes
and biscuits and making conversation with the audience of Grandparents and invited guests.
The councillors decided that the UNICEF charity would receive any money raised through donations at the harvest celebrations to support their relief work in Haiti, following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew. The councillors feel strongly that the children of Haiti get the support they need to ensure they have access to fresh water, food and warm shelters as these are some of our focus rights at Oakley Infants.
We are thrilled to announce that £241.09 was raised on the day and has gone to help support children that most need it.
School Council Elections
The Year 1 and 2 children took to the polls on Thursday 6th October to vote in their new school council. Throughout the week the candidates were campaigning in their classes. We were privileged to have a special guest join us on polling day; The Worshipful the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Jane Frankum.
We have had a very busy year for the school council. We launched an e-safety campaign across the school and led an assembly, aimed at informing our class mates on how to keep safe online. We made posters which are now displayed in all classes.
The school council conference was lots of fun. We had to prepare a banner, displaying our three school values. After consultation with the rest of the school it was decided our three values were; respect, resilience and collaboration. We proudly spoke in front of over 100 people about our Oakley Infant values before enjoying a day of workshops at Cranbourne School.
Basingstoke and Deane council have spent a morning working alongside the Infant and Junior school's councils too. They were interested in our perspective on the proposed 'Manydown Development'. We had to consider physical and environmental factors that have a positive or negative impact on where people live.