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School Council

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much,"

Helen Keller

At Dallam we promote democracy by giving children first-hand experience of being involved in the decisions which affect them in school. The model we use for School Council is based on the British electoral system.

School Council is made up from two representatives from each of our Key Stage 2 classes. These representatives are chosen by an election that the children hold in their classes. During this election process children are encouraged to speak to their class about the areas they would try to improve. A further election is then held to elect a chairperson, secretary and treasurer. The elections take place at the start of every academic year.

Our current School Councillors are:

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Autumn Term 2017

This term the children have several topics which they are working on these include:

  • Fundraising for the homeless in Warrington. 
  • Name the Dallam Super Hero.    
  • Monitor and audit Behaviour around school.
  • Monitor snack time.
  • Autumn Clean up day.
  • Weekly uniform monitoring.

School council met with the Mayor of Warrington and learnt about his role.

School Council are trying to achieve the Gold Healthy Tuck Award. If we want to get this for our school, we need to make sure that out tuck doesn't contain too much sugar. This leaflet explains what we can bring for healthy tuck and which snacks contain too much sugar to be healthy.

Spring 2018

On the 21st March 2018, Dallam Community Primary School’s School council went on a litter pick to Sankey Valley as part of their Spring Clean Up. The children had litter pickers and were wearing heavy duty gloves and hi-vis jackets for health and safety and took bin bags to collect as much litter as possible. They began picking litter up on the walk to the park and when they got there found that some of it was quite hard to reach. Members of the community stopped and praised their work.

The amount of litter on Sankey Valley was shocking. Owen (y6) commented, “I was surprised about how much litter there was as it’s our local area. When people drop litter, it makes it look dirty and polluted.” And Lottie-Mai (y3) said, “I was shocked about how much litter was on the floor. It looked much better when we’d finished.”

The children selected a particularly bad spot which looked as though teenagers may hang around there. There was a bench and lots of cans and bottles around it as well as sweet papers and crisp packets. It took a long time but they made a real difference.

School council decided that a lot of the litter in Sankey Valley must have been dropped by children and teenagers because there were lots of sweet and crisp wrappers and empty cans from fizzy pop and beer. At the end of the afternoon, Jamie-Lee (y5) said, “It was tiring but it was worth it because we could see how much of an impact we’d made.”

Everyone agreed that the work had improved a part of the community and that they would like to do it again.

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Quotes from our litter pickers:

Baylee   -    I was happy because we were doing everyone a favour

Paige   -    It made me sad because people were hurting the environment

Harry   -    People shouldn’t drop litter because people are harming animals. The litter picking was good because we are cleaning up the environment

Emily   -    I enjoyed the spring clean up because we were helping animals to survive

Lottie Mai   -    I was shocked about how much litter was on the floor. It looked much better when we’d finished

Gergely   -    I was tired since there was so much mess to clean up. My bag was really heavy

Jamie Lee   -    It was tiring but it was worth it because we could see how much of an impact we’d made

Owen   -    I was surprised about how much litter there was as it’s our local area. When people drop litter, it makes it look dirty and polluted

Chloe   -    It was scary because although it was really bad on Sankey Valley, it made me think that it could be even worse in other places

Lily   -    I was excited to go, but all the rubbish made me feel sad

 

Most of the litter looked like teenagers or young adults had dropped it because there were lots of beer cans and bottles. Children also must have dropped a lot of litter because there were lots of sweet wrappers.

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