Pupil Voice

At St. Theresa’s we believe that every child has the right to be heard and to be included in decisions at our school that involve and affect them. This right is set out in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

At St Theresa’s we have a number of councils, groups and committees that are attended by children and adults alike. These include the school council and the school travel plan group. Children also have the opportunity to help plan, evaluate and review initiatives and programmes throughout the school through class and group discussions.

We take notice of all positive and constructive comments and will respond with explanations, changes, and new child inspired developments.

Bottle Top Mosaic Competition

To try and increase the amount we recycle as a school the School Council have come up with a fantastic idea to help both save the environment but allow us to share our creative talents by having a Mosaic designing competition. 

The Year 6 girls have done an amazing job so far creating their wonderful mural using all the donated plastic bottle caps! 

School Council 

School council are made up of students who sole aim is to try and improve the quality and quantity of life at St Theresa’s! The children were all elected in September and we decided that we would try and organise an event for each month to ensure we were working towards our aims and objectives for 2023 – 24 which are here: School Council Action Plan 

School-council-meeting-minutes February

School-council-meeting-minutes January

School-council-meeting-minutes December

School-council-meeting-minutes November

School-council-meeting-minutes October

 

  • In October we decided to organise a whole school Black History Month Poetry Competition

 

 

 

 

 

In November we have decided as a school to see how many children could successfully get the Blue Peter Book Badge. Introducing the exciting new Book badge, designed by one of the UK’s best known illustrators, Sir Quentin Blake; who you might know from bringing to life characters such as Roald Dahl’s BFG and Matilda! To earn your badge, just share your love of books with us by answering the questions below! 

In December our School Council came up with the amazing idea of creating a ‘Good Deeds’ Advent Calendar in the hope to create a bit of Christmas Joy and community spirit. We came up with some amazing ideas of things we could do during Advent. Some of the deeds are things such as; tell your best friend why they are your best friend, make a thank you card for your postmen, feed some wildlife and much  much more.  See some of the great deeds done below. 

Advent Calendar

In January the School Council spoke about the best way we could make recycling competitive and have a prize for the best class. Ideas were litter picks, repeat of recycled art or a recycling project. The Big Battery Hunt was chosen. The BIG BATTERY HUNT is a nationwide recycling challenge, inspiring pupils to power change across their schools and wider communities. Now in its fifth year, the BIG BATTERY HUNT is bigger and better than ever! 

We are currently out 410 recycled batteries to date! 

In February to celebrate local history and the achievements of local people in the area we chose to hold a London Tube Map competition. As Harry Beck, the man who designed the tube map, lived in Finchley we decided to design our own versions of the TFL map. The school council chose who they thought had the most original ideas and these three winners were rewarded with TFL prizes. Our three winners included a TFL London Food Map, a map all about different Pokemon and one all about the different countries. Lots of effort and thought went into each one and as you can se from the photos it was a tough job for our school council judges! 

London Tube Map Competition

In March we looked at a recycling project where we tried to recycle as many batteries as possible. We are nearly at 1,000! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April

For our April initiative the School Council have spotted an amazing opportunity for our children to take part in. Team GB and Aldi have teamed up to offer all pupils and chance to win a trip to Paris for the 2024 Olympic Games! 

The children need to design a healthy, balanced meal for one of the Team GB members. Their design could win the school £1,000 and a trip for them and their family to go see the athletes in person at the 2024 games. 

GSTEF Design a meal competition introduction FINAL

We shortlisted our 5 finalists but there was only room for one winner who created a wonderful meal for the Team GB athlete Emily Campbell. Well done! 

 

May 

Our May initiative saw the school council reach out to numerous charities saying that we would like the opportunity to raise money for a worthwhile course in the form of a raffle and were looking for possible raffle prize. We were delighted that the London Air Ambulance Charity got back to us really quickly and gave us a wonderful replica of the MD902 Explorer Helicopter to be our prize for the raffle. 

 

June

For our June initiative was captained and led by the school council and encouraged everyone to be as active as possible in the lead up to the Olympic Games. Path to Paris is a programme for schools, families and local communities designed to help children and their families to get active together, try new things and most importantly: have fun. It’s all about team spirit and building a habit of physical activity. Path to Paris uses the inspiration of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to challenge children across the country to virtually travel to Paris by getting active. By taking part, children will grow in confidence and learn vital skills, such as teamwork and resilience.

Each assembly we have been tracking how far we have gone, what cities we have visited and spoken about all the different Olympians and Paralympians that we have met along the way! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Interpreters

The Young Interpreter Scheme® recognises the huge potential that exists within each school community for pupils of all ages to use their skills and knowledge to support new learners of English so that they feel safe, settled and valued from the start.

Young Interpreters undergo specific training to prepare for this role and are selected on the basis of different personal qualities they may have. The support they can offer to a newly-arrived pupil can be very reassuring from a parent or carer’s point of view at a time when their child may be adapting to substantial changes. It also supports school staff in a variety of ways at different points during the school day.

Our Young Interpreters act as role models for all children within the school and act brilliantly as buddies for those children who struggle with English. They have created some amazing guides in their mother tongue for children to use to help them around the school.