September 2018: the school Council transformed into Pupil Voice Ambassadors.
We are here to represent and ‘be the voice’ of all children in our school community and to enable everyone to make Rossett Acre the very best it can be.
We are the glue that holds the whole school together! We are PVA!
Each class from Year Two to Six has two Pupil Voice Ambassadors who are elected by our peers. We are representatives and leaders. We would really like to make a difference at school. We will . . .
- Lead assemblies
- Lead Awareness Days e.g. Autism or Heart Surgery
- Interview pupils
- Interview new staff members
- Conduct risk assessments
- Meet School Leaders to discuss issues and ideas
- Lead fund raising initiatives
- Improve aspects of school life e.g. lunch times or the playground
We are supported by Mrs James, Mrs Harris, Mrs Tinfina and Miss Waddingham.
We realise that some things are ‘short term’ and can be improved quite quickly and for little or no cost.
We understand that other things are ‘long term’ and require planning, expert help and thus considerable cost.
We have prioritised needs and wants.
Pupil Voice Ambassadors meet every other week. We take our responsibilities very seriously. We then ‘feed back’ to our classes and gather their ideas and opinions.
We are tremendously lucky to live in lovely Harrogate and to attend Rossett Acre. Unfortunately some children are not so lucky.
The PVA would like to support a number of charities this year to help other children.
In the Autumn Term we supported
- Craft Aid International
- British Legion Poppy Appeal
- Children in Need
This term we intend to support
- Children’s Heart Surgery Fund at Leeds General Infirmary
In the Summer term we will support
- Yorkshire Air Ambulance
To raise money we might have a disco, a cake bake or a sponsored event.
Some funds raised will support our chosen charities. Some funds raised will enable us to fund improvements for our school community.
Our story so far . . .
This year we have already started to make a difference to our Rossett Acre school community as well as our wider community.
- We performed a Pupil Voice Ambassador assembly and introduced ourselves to our friends, peers and teachers. We performed confidently and were thrilled that Mr Davis from the governors was able to attend, to introduce himself and offer us his support.
- We raised £457 for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal by selling poppies and other merchandise.
- We raised £800 at our Disco.
- We raised £533 for Children in Need. We dressed up as ‘My Hero’ and featured on BBC Look North. Did you see us?
- We liaised with Mrs Wilson to give our thoughts on the new, improved School Charter.
- We conducted class surveys about our themes for learning. The responses were overwhelmingly positive. We love learning!
- We raised £1327 for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund at LGI by having a wear red day and a Valentine’s Disco to which everyone at Rossett Acre was invited! 311 children were able to join in the fun! Wow!
Mrs Penhale (Headteacher) joined us for a meeting and was impressed by the way we discussed issues and ideas so enthusiastically and sensibly.
Our next steps . .
- On Thursday 21st March it is World Down Syndrome Day. To recognise this everyone at school will wear odd socks.
- In March we will have a Healthy Heart day to raise awareness of the importance of regular exercise and healthy eating habits. We hope a doctor from Leeds General Infirmary will join us.
- On April 2nd it is World Autism Awareness Day. To recognise this everyone will wear blue.
- We are exploring ways to improve our huge playground. We have already gathered ideas and suggestions from our classes. We have prioritised some short term solutions e.g. bird feeders and benches. We are also exploring longer term projects. We are going to present our projects to the PTA in the style of Dragon’s Den!
We regularly contribute to the weekly newsletter so look out for our updates!
We are Pupil Voice Ambassadors.
We are the glue that holds the whole school together!
We are PVA!