Each academic year at Ranelagh starts with a very important job...electing the school council! There is one representative from each class, apart from Year 5/6 where there is a representative from each year group per class. Voting for our school council members creates a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to learn about democracy.
This year we have had to rethink how the meetings are held due to the restrictions we face of not mixing class bubbles and how often we can meet. We are trying to meet as often as we possibly can to share ideas and support our school.
Meetings take place with School council members and Miss Felgate. The meeting is run according to an agenda and minutes are taken so we can refer back to what has been discussed. Also, weekly meetings enable issues to be discussed as they arise.
The successful candidates must have the following attributes: reliability, fairness, honesty, enthusiasm approachable and must be committed in their role of improving our school.
Christmas Jumper Day
The next Charity event on the calendar was Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children. Everyone came to school looking super Christmassy to raise money for another worthy cause. Again, as we are still holding assemblies virtually, another fantastic PowerPoint was created and delivered by some of our team members. We raised a whopping £179, great work Ranelagh!
We also had the pleasure of looking through some of the fabulous Christmas card designs created by the whole school to forward into a competition organised by the Suffolk MP Tom Hunt. Mr Hunt wanted the Christmas card he sends to all of his fellow MP's (including the Prime Minister!) to be designed by one of Suffolk's school children. It was a very hard decision to make and we wanted to send them all, who knows, someone from Ranelagh may have been the chosen one!
Children In Need
Ranelagh likes to get involved in raising money for good causes and one of our favourite charities is Children in Need. School council agreed that all children would make a donation to come to school on Friday 19th November dressed in either Pyjamas, bright colours or spotty clothes! Some of the council members created a powerpoint to share with the rest of the school in our virtual assembly to kick start the day (and what a fantastic job they did!) They also asked the children to reflect on the fundamental reasons as to why we have Children In Need day and write these down to add to giant Pudsey Bears, such a lovely idea, and the comments were brilliant. At the last count we raised over £180 for the charity!
This year for Remembrance day all of the school council members were involved in selling Poppies and other merchandise to support the Royal British Legions Poppy appeal. This was a huge success, so much so we had to ask for more bits to be delivered as we ran out of stock! Although we are yet to have the official figures of the amount we raised in school it was well over £350 at the last count! What an amazing effort from all our children and families for such a worthwhile cause.