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Parents update - Friday 17th September 2021

Dear all

Our update today focuses on the relauch of our School Council.


School Council relaunch - great news! 

Article 12 of the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) states that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives.


Being part of the School Council gives pupils an understanding and experience of democracy that goes beyond voting and tokenistic consultation. A school council that listens to 'all pupils within the school' is a good way to do this. 

For obvious reasons the School Council initiative has been somewhat thwarted over the past 18 months.  Our aim is to regenerate activities, such as the relaunch of our School Council, to ensure that 'all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to'. This will help to demonstrate to children how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes such as the school council whose members are voted for by pupils.

We would like to invite children who are interested in being part of the School Council to fill in the attached application form and return it to school before Monday 27th September 2021. If you need a paper copy, please email your child's class teacher. 

At Harrison the School Council comprises a group of pupils who are elected to represent the views of all pupils. One child from each class will be voted for. All children are welcome to apply.

It will provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions, get involved in the life of the school in order to improve it and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them. Through participation children will gain confidence, leadership opportunities and essential life skills. Our aims are to make Harrison even better, make a contribution to our local community and raise awareness of global issues.

As a school we must promote the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of all pupils and within this 'Fundamental British Values' - democracy, the rule of law, mutual respect, tolerance and individual liberty. These are a set of behaviours that lead to attitudes and behaviours that will allow pupils to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. 


In the first half of the Autumn term we will support our local Food Bank as we usually do at this time of year - further information to follow.


School Streets - Invitation to parents and neighbours to join our new School Streets focus group (emailed home)


I can confirm that after school activities led by Mr Artz and Mrs Tata will return soon (as quickly as we have an efficient booking/payment online payment system established). We are really keen to offer these enrichment activities for all children. 


Kind regards

Sara Gmitrowicz