CITY YOUTH COUNCIL - September 2017
Children from Oakwood and Beechwood joined children from Weston Mill and 12 others schools from across the city to participate in the first session of this years City Youth Council. Again the event was held in the Lord Mayor's Chambers and our children interacted with various outside speakers. As well as brushing up on their public speaking skills our children learnt how the national voting process works. They had a chance to write and present their manifestos and ultimately, some schools being elected to be chair/vice chair for upcoming meetings. There was also a very interesting interactive session on alternative music which our children really enjoyed. All of our children were amazing and got praised for their interaction and brilliant behaviour. Well done!
A LOOK BACK AT OUR WORK WITH THE SCHOOL COUNCIL
Samaritans Christmas Shoe Box Appeal - December 2015
Many thanks to all the children and parents who sent in shoe boxes filled with presents for children who are less fortunate than us. We are sure the children who receive these gifts will be delighted. We sent off 39 filled boxes for this year’s appeal. Well done!
Children in Need - November 2015
Our wonderful children supported Children in Need in style this year! We had an impressive array of super heroes as part of our mufti day, this included many interesting characters!
Isobel T organised a sponsored dance-athon at home and raised an amazing £102.00 which will be added to the overall school total. What a hero, well done Isobel!
Lucy M brought in her guitar and busked throughout playtime. The children were entertained by some of Lucy’s favourite tunes to help raise money! What a musical super hero, well done Lucy!
The children are busy counting all the money raised and we will let you know the grand total when they have finished! Thank you for your generous support for this charity event.
School Council - November 2015
The school council children have requested that on Friday 13th November your child may dress as their “Childhood Hero” for a small donation for Children in Need (please remember that you may bring in a family donation if you wish). Please bring in small pennies to decorate Pudsey.
Community news – November 2015
Oakwood were recently part of a Halloween poster competition organised by Devon and Cornwall Police where the children had to design a poster to stop trick or treaters calling on the elderly and vulnerable. Samuel W and Leila K had created excellent posters and won the competition! Prizes were presented to each of the winners by PC Freshwater. Well done!
School Council Update
In response to discussions at our school council, Katy Bartlett from the Plymouth Food Bank came in on Monday to present an assembly. She talked about the role of the food bank and how it can help people during times of need. Katy was able to demonstrate how it works by showing how she shared packs of raisins from her food bag between 4 children. At the beginning Lara had 5 packets, Sienna had 4 packets, Katie had 3 packets but Miles had none! The children were able to discuss how they could make this fairer. So Lara put back 2 packets and Sienna put back 1 packet in the bag. This meant that Miles was able to pick out 3 packets from the bag and each child had the same.
The children found the assembly very interesting. The school council are meeting with Mrs Collier and Mrs Harland to look at how we can support the Food Bank in school. We will let you know the outcome in future newsletters.
The school council organised and carried out the activities to help raise money for Children in Need. They held a Pudsey coin challenge and a how many sweets in a jar competition. Sophie and Sian gave up their lunchtimes during one week to count the money raised, it amounted to an impressive £185.85.
Thank you to everyone for supporting this charity.
On Wednesday four of our school councillors attended a Parliament Day at the Plymouth City Council Offices. The children discussed issues such as coastal corrosion and food banks. They also learned more about Parliament and the role of an MP.
Sophie, Carys, Jack and Noah came back to school with lots of information and ideas to share with the rest of the school council. They are keen to look into whether any of the issues can be explored and developed in our school. They are looking forward to the next Youth Parliament Day next term.