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Cricket Green School

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Cricket Green School

Lower Green West

Mitcham, CR4 3AF

Tel: 0208 640 1177

Headteacher: Mrs Celia Dawson

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Pupil Council

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At our Pupil Council meeting on the 9th January 2017 we have started to plan our Pupil Voice Day. This year the day will be focusing on Healthy Minds.

The Healthy Minds pupil voice day is on Wednesday 1st February 2017.

 

Congratulations to Brendon who has been elected as the Pupil Council Chair Person for this term.

 

Thank you to George, Aidan, Jasmine, Brendon and Joe for helping observe teaching with Mr Jhugroo.

 

Thank you to the Pupil Council for representing the school at this year's Remembrance Service at the Cricket green.

LATEST NEWS !!

The CGS Pupil Council meet the Mayor...

 

In recognition of the important role that the Pupil Council plays at Cricket Green School, the pupil council were invited for afternoon tea with the Mayor at the Civic Centre. The Mayor and her wonderful team provided an amazing Christmas buffet with Christmas crackers which the pupil council thoroughly enjoyed. We would like to thank the Mayor for recognising the work that the Pupil Council does and for inviting us to meet and have afternoon tea with her as a celebration of our Pupil Council's achievements.

 

Here are some quotes from the day...

 

"It was lovely to meet the mayor and learn what it is like to be the mayor - thank you for the invite!"

 

"This was once in a lifetime opportunity that was great but also a little scary. Meeting the mayor made me feel really important - thank you for taking the time to meet us." 

 

"Visiting the mayor made me feel really happy.  I had a great time and couldn't wait to tell my parents - thank you for the Christmas crackers and the gift".

 

"Meeting the mayor was great -  thank you for the Christmas crackers!"

 

"Meeting the mayor was a great opportunity as you don't do it that often.  Meeting the mayor made me feel important and made me feel like the school council is important - thank you for letting us visit".

 

"Meeting the mayor was okay.  I was nervous at first.  But then I loved it!! -  thank you for the invite"

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About the Pupil Council:

 

 

The main aims of the School Council are to improve Cricket Green School for the pupils, students, parents and staff.  There are four ways in which the School Council is used to do this:

 

Rights

We aim to embed the pupils’ and young people’s human rights in our ethos and culture. We use our school council as the vehicle in which to explore learning ‘about’, ‘through’ and ‘for’ rights. Every year we link this work to Rights Respecting schools work and dedicate a curriculum day to explore child rights education (CRE).

 

Citizenship

We use the school council to model Citizenship and develop key British values so that everyone feels equal and has an understanding of what it means to be a positive and responsible part of a cohesive community.

 

School Improvement

The School Council come together to discuss ways in which the school can improve. These ideas and opinions are discussed in class during circle times. The School Council is integral to positive school change, they are also consulted regarding key issues in school, such as school meals and the recruitment. A representative meets with governors to discuss developments.

 

Pupil voice

 

We believe that all stakeholders should have a voice. The School Council is used to design and monitor the process in which pupils’ opinions are regularly heard in a personalised and meaningful way. Every year we have a ‘Pupil Voice Day’ in which we look through the “eyes of the pupils” to gain a deeper insight into their experiences at Cricket Green and the communities in which they live in.

 

 

Current Initiatives

 

Currently we are working with pupils to review and develop the school rules. Every class will meet with their class representatives to discuss their views and draft changes and new ideas. Collectively each class will contribute to the amended school rules at the start of the spring term.

 

In January 2016 we will start a link with Garratt Park’s school council to share good practice, meet new people and develop wider community links. The school council will suggest, organise and support cross borough events between the schools.  

'BEYOND WORDS' - A new two-year project to support people with learning disabilities and autism to find work has been launched by the government.........

 

The project, backed by £280,000 of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) investment, will include 4 new picture books to promote group discussions on finding and keeping a job. Beyond Words is a social enterprise which already produces unique books, services and training for people who find pictures easier to understand than words.

 

Their new project builds on the success of book groups for people with learning disabilities and autism and will be the start of a new focus on 4 stages of employment including leaving school or college, volunteering, finding work and staying in a job.

 

One of our 6th Form pupils helped to create one of these books using her experience in school and work placements, and has a character based on her. 

 

We are all really excited about this project and how it will impact our society for the good!

Click on the link below to see the Government article.

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Our Pupil Voice Day was focused on 'Healthy Minds'.

We enjoyed making nutritious smoothies, dancing with DDMix, talking about how to deal and cope with stress/anxiety and doing lots of calming activities like yoga and meditation. What a fun day it was!!