Thank you to the St Patrick's School and Parish Community
We collected 126 shoeboxes!
Thank you to everyone who contributed
A fantastic collective effort for those less fortunate than ourselves.
Well Done Everyone!
Thank you to the members of our School Council who have organised our Christmas collection of Shoeboxes.
So far we have collected 84. A big well done. The closing date is 4th December. So still time for more to
Earlier in the Term, at Harvest Festival celebration the pupils of the school brought in lots of tin and fresh fruit and vegetables. This food was collected and put into hampers by the school Council. They assisted Mrs Smedley in auctioning off the hampers. The money collected was donated to two charities chosen by the School Council - CAFOD and Macmillan Cancer.
Maun Valley Citizens Meeting
8th February – St Patrick’s School
St Patrick’s School – School Council
St Philip’s School
St Mary’s – Sutton in Ashfield
Hillock’s Primary – Sutton in Ashfield
Paul Frost representing Mansfield churches
10.00 - 11.00 a.m.
Each school presented their findings from observation of the roads and parking at the beginning and end of the day.
The members present split up and discussed how these findings could be reported back to parents.
Reporting back to back in March and April 2017
Via - newsletter
The school Council will gather after half term with a list of actions that will be shared with the school community.
Enclosed are the findings from the observations and questionnaires (43 returned). Thank you to Sophie L, Charlie H, Imogen B and Hannah S for representing the school so brilliantly. The following sheets are the notes that the 4 members presented to the Maun Valley Citizens group.
Autumn term 2016
School Council – A timeline on how pupil voice has changed/developed a key area in our school – Dinner times and organisation.
House meetings – from all 4 house meetings there were a variety of areas that came up that pupils had concerns about –
28th September 2016
School council members brought the minutes to a Council meeting held by Mrs Pyatt and Mrs Frost in Year 5 classroom. After some discussion it was decided that the main area that pupils felt there was some area for improvement was Dinner time.
The main issues were –
The school council members were asked to go back to their peers and ask how the above issues could be improved or changed to make dinner times more of a happy experience.
Oct 5th – School council devise questions to ask the people who organise, run and serve out dinners. Also feedback to house meetings about what they were asking and doing. Keep the rest of the school updated.
12th October 2016 – School Council meet up with Mrs Frost with suggestions for areas of change. From this meeting came:
Changes to Lunch Time
Meet up with relevant stakeholders to discuss changes and also to see if from their point of view. This meeting will happen after half term.
- Mrs Miller School Cook
Mrs Smith Senior Dinner Supervisor
Mrs Smedley Head teacher
3rd November 2017
Meeting with Mrs Smedley, Mrs Miller and Mrs Smith about making changes at dinner time.
The following suggestions were put forward by the School Council to ………..
The School Cook, Mrs Miller – ‘could we have more jacket potatoes – these are very popular but are always gone by the time Years 5 and 6 arrive.’ Mrs Miller also explained to the children how she has to stick to Council menus and she did not have much flexibility in what she cooked.
Mrs Miller responded by saying that she would bake more potatoes and try to have these readily available.
These have been a great success!
To Mrs Smith ‘could we line up only when it is time to go into dinner?’ Mrs Smith explained that with 2 dinner ladies always tied up with F2 and their playground, it was very difficult to monitor and co-ordinate the different classes coming into the dining hall – different classes take different times to eat and so there is always a class lining up at the side of the dining hall ready to go in. However in discussion with Mrs Smedley she was going to look at the times the different classes came into the dining hall. She also explained it would be easier after Christmas when F2 were on the main playground - thus putting 2 more members of staff centrally.
To Mrs Smedley ‘could we have more time being with our friends at dinner time in the dining hall?’ Mrs Smedley has discussed with the Senior Leadership Team and looked at timetabling. The different classes are a ‘shift’ dinner time now – going from F2 starting their dinner time at 11.30 to year 6 starting their dinner time at 12.00. The staggered dinner time ensures the different classes have longer quality time actually eating their dinner in the dining hall.
Meeting with Mrs Frost – November 12th
Points that came out of all the above meetings.
All the members said after discussion with Mrs Miller, Mrs Smedley and Mrs Smith that they understood ‘now what a hard job they do!’
Spring term 2017
School Council – A timeline on how pupil voice will change/develop a key area in our school –Safety around our school – car parking and road safety at the beginning and end of the day.
This is being surveyed and organized as part of the Maun
Maun Valley citizens
At the beginning of November, the school council, Mrs Frost, Mrs Wilkins- Campbell and Mrs Pyatt met up with the Co-coordinator of Maun Valley citizens - Mr Hugh Murdoch to discuss how our school could become more involved outside the school community and make changes to make our school safer.
As a school community we decided to join up as part of Maun Valley Citizens. We will attend meetings with other schools on specific issues and in Citizens general meetings feedback to other organisations. Likewise listen to their reports and suggestions.
Important dates for Spring Term
10th January 2017
Mrs Frost met up with the leaders of other members of Maun Valley citizens at Hillcote school, Sutton in Ashfield to discuss a time-line for an assessment/evaluation of how safe our parking and roads are around our school. It was agreed that all member schools would address the following.
4 weeks for the school council to
Meeting to be held on