Our new Global Council – what a great bunch!

Today was our first Global council meeting. We enjoyed getting our new badges and getting to know one another.

We discussed what it means to be part of the Global Council and why it is important to have Global Council at school. We talked about how we are a team who will help others in our community and the wider world.

As a group, we decided that the project this term would be helping others in the world. We knew that people around the world need clean water and so looked at the charity, Water Aid, to find out how much money we would need to raise in order to pay for clean water or a toilet for a family in India.

The Global Council has now sprung into action, tasked to think about good fund raising activities in order for us to raise money to send to Water Aid before Christmas.

Watch this space for our fabulous ideas!

Great news!

We are delighted that our brand new Global Council members have been elected! Children in each class voted for who they thought would do a great job on behalf of their class.

Miss Burley has offered to run the Global Council and has some great ideas. She will share these at the very first Roseberry Academy Global Council meeting, which is scheduled to take place very soon! Watch this space…

 

Keep Britain Tidy!

I received a very exciting email over Christmas from the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ campaign. It was all about how to make your school more of an eco-school. I immediately thought about the Global Council children and how they like to try and make a difference in the wider world by making changes in our school.

As a result of this, today at our meeting, we all completed an environmental review and tried to honestly answer lots of questions like:

-Do we always switch off lights when we leave the classroom?
-Does your school have energy meters?
-Do all pupils exercise daily?
-Is drinking water available in class?
-Do pupils think about how the things they do in everyday life affect the environment?

From the results, an action plan will then be generated so that we can start to make some positive changes and involve our classmates in becoming more eco-friendly but also celebrate some of the things we already do very well.

Heated debate!

Today, I posed the statement:

It is bad for children to play on computer games

Our Global Council Reps were superb at debating this topic and generated some really thoughtful responses. They listened to each other and politely agreed or disagreed with ideas that were shared. Here are some of the responses:

For
-Some games can be educational and help children with their learning
– Lots of games involve problem solving which is good for your brain
– Children should be allowed to have fun and do what they enjoy
-Parents can check that games are appropriate
-Youtube videos can show you how to do things
-Mathletics and Reading Eggs are types of games that help with schoolwork

Against
-Some games are not appropriate
-Playing computer games for a long time can hurt your eyes
-It stops you from spending time outdoors
– Children could end up getting a virus on their ipad/computer
– Pop ups or inappropriate adverts could happen

What are your thoughts?

Next time, we are going to try to debate a world topic – what could this be?

Sweet success as our cakes are a hit with everyone!

Well done to the Global Council children who have done a super job in organising, promoting and running our cake sale.

The children were very excited to eat a tasty treat at playtime today and donated generously to this worthy cause!

I am pleased to announce that we raised a grand total of £60, selling around 200 cakes!

This will provide an ememergency water kit for two families in Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. I am sure children just like you in Haiti will be so grateful that you have stopped to think about your global family and make a difference.

Many thanks for all of the donations.

 

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Cake sale fundraiser!

At our last meeting, the Global Council Representatives suggested that we should organise a cake sale in order to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

We are very excited about this and are currently making some eye-catching posters to put up around school.

This will take place on Tuesday 15th November at playtime and cakes will be 30p each. All funds will be donated to UNICEF – a charity that helps children in need.

Any donations would be greatly appreciated!

Hurricane Matthew

Over recent weeks we have been discussing Hurricane Matthew and its devastating effects as the children had noticed this on the news. We looked particularly at why a place like Haiti was hit much harder than other places. The children quickly realised from news reports and pictures that Haiti was a much poorer area to start with therefore their homes were more easily damaged. They were saddened to find that the children of Haiti were unable to attend school as the buildings had been severely damaged and people also had very little access to fresh water which means that disease is likely to spread among the community. I have asked the children to generate some ideas with their friends as to how we could raise money to help children in Haiti that are much less fortunate that we are and need help to rebuild their lives.

Meeting the new Global Council Representatives!

It was a pleasure to meet the new Global Council Representatives last half term.  We spent lots of time discussing the positives and negatives of our planet. We talked about natural beauty such as waterfalls, mountains and rainbows. We then discussed positive aspects of the human race such as people being charitable, families loving each other, people that do helpful jobs such as Doctors and also events to celebrate like the Olympics.

As a group, we then generated ideas about what we don’t like about our planet such as earthquakes, Tsunamis, deforestation, pollution and war. We discussed which of these things are caused by humans and why that might be.

This was an excellent place to start and we shared our views with confidence but also listened to others.

Global Council is a group of children that meet fortnightly to discuss important world issues and try to make a difference.

During this term, we have looked at endangered animals, including the causes of extinction and how we can keep vulnerable animals safe. We discussed the importance of having a diverse planet and looking after all animals as this is so important to having a healthy ecosystem. We thought about things that we could do in order to protect animals e.g. make our gardens more wildlife-friendly, ask an adult to sign petitions to protect endangered animals, donate to an animal charity and much more. We created posters and presented these in assembly to raise awareness with our friends.

We also had a debate on the rights of humans and animals. Here are some of the questions/answers that came up:

Who is more important – animals or humans?
-Animals as they help us e.g. horses used for transport before we had cars.
-Both – we are both part of the world equally.
-Humans because we are more intelligent.
-In some ways animals are more intelligent than us though e.g. with hunting, communication etc.
-Animals because without them we would struggle e.g. the blind with guide dogs.

Do animals/humans hurt each other?
– Sometimes we hurt each other in self defence e.g. if a wild animal attacked us it would be ok to hurt them.
– This is just part of life cycle that we hurt each other.
-We hurt each other for food e.g. we eat cattle, a lion would attack us out of hunger instead of nastiness.
-We sometimes hurt animals for selfish reasons e.g. to use ivory from elephants tusks to make things to sell.
-When animals hurt us for what seems like no reason, often there is a reason e.g. they mistake us for something else – sharks/seals
-We hurt animals by doing things like cutting down trees.
Really by hurting the world e.g. destroying rainforests and killing endangered animals we are hurting ourselves.