School Council

Meet our School Councillors for 2022-2023!

School council

We meet weekly and discuss items on the agenda.  We each have a notebook where we write down any issues that have been brought to us over the week, and raise them in the meetings.   

Before each meeting starts we make sure we are quorate (have enough people to make decisions) and Mrs Velasquez takes the minutes.

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Throughout the year we decide which important days we will observe in school.  We celebrated Breathing Space Day in February by sharing tips and activities which can help us feel calm if we are worried or stressed about something.

 

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In July we chose to run 'Finstock's Got Talent' and were the judges in the competition.  Every child in the school was invited to share their talent, the only rules were that that act had to be live and less than 5 minutes long!

We scored each act and the winners were awarded prizes.  The Friends of Finstock School kindly donated a family ticket to the Chipping Norton Lido!

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This year we will be supporting 'Be the Change' which is a diocesan campaign to help children and young people to be agents of change in responding to the climate and environmental emergency.  We will be holding three themed days across the school year, with 'Be Glitter Free' in the run up to Christmas.  We will be picking up on some of the following key themes:

  • What does it mean to see creation as the gift of a loving God?

    What do children see that is particularly beautiful? What does this beauty tell us about God? How do we take care of gifts that people give us? How do we say thank you?

  • How should we think about humanity’s calling “to tend and to keep” the earth?

    In other words, what does it mean to care for the world around us?

  • Discuss the commandment to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and soul, and to love your neighbour as yourself”

    How is caring for creation a way of showing our love for God? How is it a way of showing our love for our neighbour?

  • Talk about the choices we make – and how we say sorry for the bad ones.

    At this point, the failure to deal with the climate crisis is a result of human choices. We could choose to reduce our emissions more, as individuals and as societies, but often we don’t.

    This is part of a wider pattern of turning away from the things God calls us to – which we see in many different parts of life. How do we say sorry to God for the times that we don’t show love of God and neighbour? How do we say sorry specifically for times when we don’t really take care of the earth?

  • Thinking about the choices we make – and how we ask God to help us make good ones.

    When we say sorry, it has to be more than words: it has to mean changing the way we do things. That can be hard. But the good news is that God not only offers us forgiveness for what we’ve done wrong in the past, God also is there to help us do better. How do we ask God for help?

 

This year we will also continue to gather evidence for our Eco School application- wish us luck!School council eco school