On the 2nd of November 2018, the School Council were visited by Councillor Julianne Marriott and Peter Gibb. They came to St Bonaventure’s to discuss what their jobs as part of the Newham Council were and asked some very interesting and educational questions about education in Newham.
Councillor Marriott started off the meeting by raising the question to the School Council about ‘What is a bad school?’. We were all placed into groups and discussed ideas on ‘What is a bad school ?’ among our groups in which we all fed back to each other as an whole.
The School Council came up with many sensible and appropriate answers such as bad leadership, lack of ethos, environmental safety and many more ideas.
Then, Councillor Marriott raised another question opposing the first question she raised, which was ‘What is a good school?’. We then got put into different groups and discussed ideas on ‘What is a good school’ which were all fed back to each other as a whole.
The School Council came up with great and tantalizing answers such as good results signifying good pastoral systems, good leadership, care within the wider community and many more.
The final question, Councillor Marriott brought up was ‘What do you need to do to prepare yourself for life after school?’. This question made the School Council put quite a lot of thought into the answers, we presented the ideas that we gathered in our groups and said them one by one, they were very influential and intriguing. Here are some of the answers we came up with: good grades, personal life skills, communication, leadership, career advice and much more.
During this academic year, the School Council team main focus is to make improvements for our school. However, we have to think about our local community, especially as it getting cold and we are almost in winter. During the meeting, we discussed ways we could help to achieve this such as doing a Film Friday or a Cake sale. We have heard many complaints about the School meals and Toilets. We are planning to make a change soon.
If you have any suggestions to help make the school a better place please speak to the Head boy – Chibuike Agu or any of the School Council representatives.
If you were wondering who was Chibuike Agu this is him.
Thanks for your time!
On the 22nd of November 2018, the new School Council of 2018-2019 will be attending an exciting and educational trip to Gilwell Park, Chingford. It will take place in the Scout Centre.
The School Council will be participating in many activities and will receive training from the The President of National Union of Students (NUS).
Soon, the School Council Publicity Officers will inform you about the experience the School Council had at Gilwell Park and how it has become beneficial for them in the future.
Hope you all stay connected, for more news and updates! 🙂
Throughout the week beginning Monday 8th October, we had the nerve-wracking experience of selecting our new School Council members.
Each Form Group started off the democratic process by selecting who they wanted to put forward as their own representative.
Each Form Representative then had to give a speech to their full Year group to outline what they would do for their Year.
Each Year group then had a ballot to select their two Year group School Council members.
The full list of School Council members for 2018 – 2019 are shown on the School Council Members page on the website.
This can be seen by clicking on HERE
We all wish our new School Council members the best of luck and pray for them as they start their year of service to the other students.
God Bless Them All
In the first meeting of the new School Council, Nathaniel Achea and Jesse Okoro in Year 10 were selected to be the Publicity Officers for this year.
They will be updating the School Council Blog and letting parents, staff and students know what the School Council is up to.
Our new student council participated in an exciting trip on November 7 to Gilwell Park in Chingford where they took part in a variety of activities and challenges.
After a short journey in the minibus, the group arrived at the stunning scenery of the park where they were kindly greeted and whisked off to a conference room to begin.
The newly elected representatives were briefed by former NUS President Liam Burns, who helped them to understand what it truly meant to be a student council member.
One thing that soon became clear was the initial silence as everyone sat down which was probably due to the age gap between students. After listening to Liam, they began to learn it’s important to understand how deeply and how widely an issue is taken and that focusing on multiple problems at the same time will lead to nothing being done and gathering knowledge from one another. As well as that, names were learnt using an adjective. For example: if your name begins with L, you had to find an adjective with L, (Lively Liam). This was a fun getting-to-know-you exercise and an ice breaker.
One of the first activities was to remove a fake bomb from a circle marked by a small fence. No-one was allowed to enter the circle and all they were given were two ropes and each other. At this point they still didn’t know each other very well but the bonding soon started. At first, the older students took the lead and were thinking of ideas before the nervous younger ones eventually became involved. They worked together to achieve their goal as multiple people needed to hold each side of the rope. In an amazingly quick time it was removed and then the student council members began talking to those out of their year group.
The last activity took place indoors, where the council members had to climb a ladder and no ordinary ladder, but a massive one, where every step you climbed, the spaces inbetween got bigger. As three of the members climbed, the others helped by pulling a rope connected to the climber, helping the advance in this challenge. Luckily, everyone managed to reach the top, with the help of the whole crew.
The trip was an amazing experience and helped to develop confidence and trust between the student council which led them to truly learn what it means to represent St Bon’s.
On Thursday 16th November the school council meta again to discuss school issues.
It was decided in this meeting that the following would happen;
- Fund Raising Activity would be organised.
- A campaign to raise awareness of litter around the school and Newham.
- To start a “Kind” Teacher award.
- The school councillors will meet with Form Reps.
Remember to speak to your school councillors. If you can’t remember who they are, check the board by the Headteachers Office.
Each year the new school council members decide what roles they will each have.
This year Matteo and Tommy in Year 8 will be letting the wider school community know what your school council is doing.
Keep an eye on this space.
On Wednesday 15th March the whole school took part in Red Wednesday. This was a special day to wear red to recognise that Christians are being persecuted in many countries around the world. The money raised will go to a charity called Aid To The Church in Need.
The school council made sure that everyone in the school knew about this by presenting in every Assembly. On the day, the school council members made sure that the money was collected.
Thanks to Ms Moro in Finance for setting up the ParentPay so the donations could be collected on-line. Thanks to Mrs Gough for organising the envelopes and thanks to Mrs Halliwell for publicising the Mufti Day on Facebook and Twitter.
The day was a great success and lots of boys came into school wearing red.
The message about the charity was understood by the students in the school and we raised a lot of much needed money.
The amount raised for Aid To The Church In Need was;
The School Council are organising a special Mufti Day in Lent to raise money for Aid To The Church In Need.
We will call it
On Wednesday 15th March we are asking that all students come to school in their own clothes and wear one item that is red, to highlight the plight of the Christians around the globe that are being persecuted and killed for their belief in Jesus Christ.
If you come to school on 15th March we are asking for a contribution of between £1 and £5, this can be paid on ParentPay before the Wednesday or a cash contribution on the day.
The School Council thank you for your generosity and ask that you pray for all the Christians that have their lives threatened.
God Bless You