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Pupil Leadership

Junior Leaders

At Grendon, our WE CAN school ethos is clear. Our school aims refer to offering enriching activities, events and experiences, working together to remove barriers and ensure equality, building independent and resilient learners who are able to communicate confidently and listening to and treating each other and all members of the community with respect, tolerance and concern.

We are also a Unicef Rights Respecting School and are keen to recognise:

  • Article 12 - Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taking seriously.
  • Article 13 -  Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.
  • Article 29 - Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.

Our Junior Leadership Team programme provides not only the opportunity to recognise, value and explicitly teach these rights, but also to meet our school aims. As such, we put children at the heart of our school improvement strategy and empower them to understand that they have a voice and really believe that WE CAN make change happen.

Please read our Junior Leadership Team constitution below to find out more. It provides a clear statement of purpose. It sets out the rules and procedures to be followed when making decisions and discussing important matters. It allows people to check that the Junior Leadership Team is doing everything that it is supposed to do.

Grendon School Junior Leadership Team

The School Junior Leadership Team Constitution provides a clear statement of the purpose of Grendon School Junior Leadership Team.

The Constitution

Section One  - Name

We are Junior Leaders. Together we form the Junior Leadership Team.

Section Two - Purpose

To make a positive contribution to school life by having a voice, making change and leading school improvement.

Section Three - Elections

Junior Leadership Team elections will be held every year in the first half of the Autumn term. All children are encouraged to apply to be Junior Leaders and candidates must write and present their pitch to their class. All children from Year 2 to Year 6 are eligible to vote. 

Section Four - Members

Two members of each class from Years 2 – 6 will be elected by their class to serve as Junior Leaders. A further two members of Year 6 will be chosen by the Headteacher as Chair and Vice Chair of the Junior Leadership Team. 

Section Five - Length of Office

The term of office will be 12 months. Members may serve a second or subsequent term if they apply and are elected by their class.

Section Six - Responsibilities

To communicate clearly with their class and find out other children’s views and opinions.

To present information to their class at to the Junior Leadership Team at meetings.

To complete additional research if needed.

To communicate with teachers, parents and governors.

To plan, introduce and feedback on whole school days.

To vote on issues bought to school council.

To become increasingly independent and resilient.

Section Seven - Meetings

There will be monthly meetings of the full Junior Leadership Team. Additional meetings with smaller committees may be convened as necessary.

Section Eight - Code of Conduct

Junior Leaders must:

  • Be good role models for other children.
  • Listen to and respect opinions of others
  • Have good attendance and be on time for school and meetings.
  • Complete tasks allocated to them. 
  • Keep discussions in meetings on topic and relevant.

Section Nine - Resignation of Removal

All Junior Leaders are to be made clearly aware of the expectations that come with the responsibility of being on the Junior Leadership Team. All Junior Leaders will sign an agreement of expectations so they understand the reasons and causes for removal. Resignations must be sent to the Chair in writing. In the letter, reasons for your resignation must be included. Your resignation will be accepted or declined based on consultation with other members of the Junior Leadership Team and the Head Teacher.

It sets out the rules and procedures to be followed when making decisions and discussing important matters.

It allows people to check the Junior Leadership Team are doing everything that they are supposed to do.

2020-2021 JUNIOR LEADERS HAVE BEEN ELECTED!
After voting we are pleased to confirm the winning candidates;

Position  
Chair Ara and Madison
Members

Ashani, Asmait, Ayyan, Bella, Bobby, Casie, Diego, Elissia, Emilie-Rose, Everlise, Georgia, Isaac, Isaam, Isabella, Jordan, Layla, Marilyn, Ruby-Mae, Rylie and Zoe.

 

Well Done Everyone!

The Focus for this year...

Our first task of the year was to plan a whole school day about road safety.

We have had many complaints from people living on Grendon Road and in the local area about the fact that there are too many cars, they are driving too fast and parking in places that are unsafe. We know that Mrs Ridley and Mr Darby are working with the police and the council to try and find ways to improve this, but we wanted the whole school to be involved so that WE CAN work together and make a difference. 

Our road safety day took place on 25th November. We worked together to decide what we wanted to do and Junior Leaders introduced the day to their class and collected information at the end. We collected survey information about travelling to school so that we can tell the council how big the problem is and had a competition to design a banner to display outside school.

The day was a great success because everybody knows more about the problem, understands more about how to keep us safe on the roads and can start thinking about how to reduce the traffic outside school. You can find some pictures from the day HERE.

We will continue to work on this project this year.

Also this year, we would like to...

  • improve the play equipment in the front playground.
  • to be involved in charity fund raising.
  • to find ways of being more environmentally friendly in school.

Past Successes

In previous years we decided that it was important to us that we did some fundraising for Macmillan, the big bird watch and have discussed the possibility of more sports clubs. We’re pleased to report that we’ve made a lot of progress!

To raise money we helped the whole school go on a sponsored walk. We raised £637.45 for Macmillan and were very impressed with the effort everyone put in. We also set up the Big Bird Watch and raised £87.79 to help support our local wildlife.

We have helped set up and judge both of the Wake Up Shake Up competitions and there are some interesting extra-curricular clubs before and after school like the Change for Life Club and the Breakfast sports club.

We Can Song

In January 2015, School Council (now Junior Leadership Team) wrote a song about our We Can ethos.

School Councillors went to their classes and discussed what the We Can motto meant to them.

Words such as respect, achievement, belief were words that then became the starting point for our lyrics.

Mr. Bache worked with school choir to develop a tune and the song is still performed regularly by the whole school in assembly.

 

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‘We Can'

When the sky is grey,

We can find a way

We will stand tall

We will not fall

And when we’re feeling lonely

And friends are not around

These are the words that help us find our way

We can achieve

What we believe

We can learn to respect and get along with each other

If we exceed

We can succeed

Now the sun shines bright

We can wear it with such pride

Let’s value all

At Grendon School

And now we know it’s true

That there’s nothing we can’t do

These are the words that we all like to say

Head Boy & Girl

THE 2020 - 2021 HEAD BOY AND HEAD GIRL HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!

Our Head Boy/Girl selection process begins in the Autumn Term. Children in Year 6 have to write an application and successful candidates are selected for an interview. Interviews are VERY formal and are conducted by the Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher.

We would like to say a big congratulations to
Ethan, Ciara, Millie and Yehya
who have taken the roles below!

 

Job Description:

1. To be a good role model for the children in school.

  • Show confidence, independence and resilience.
  • Demonstrate that you can use your growth mindset.
  • Know all about our school and what is important to us.
  • Have good manners.
  • Be well organised.
  • Have good attendance and be on time.
  • Dress smartly in school uniform.
  • Keep up with your learning.
  • Model the good behaviour expected at school.
  • Treat everyone equally and fairly and always listen to other people’s opinions.

2. To speak to visitors and show them round the school.

  • Write a script and plan a route for showing visitors around.
  • Practice this script and route so that I can do it confidently and independently.
  • Check corridors and places along the route are tidy each week and coats are hung up.
  • Be able to introduce yourself, saying clearly who you are and what your role is.
  • Know all about Grendon. Describe our We Can ethos and what it means to you.
  • Be polite and helpful.

3. To help deliver all good work and whole school assemblies.

  • Put chairs out in the hall.
  • Make sure stickers, certificates and anything else needed for assembly are ready and organised.
  • Help to put away of chairs and tables after assembly.
  • Collect and give to class teachers any certificates left for children who are absent.
  • Stand smartly at the front of the hall during assembly.
  • Speak in a clear, loud voice when required.
  • Make sure hall is left in a tidy state, doors shut and lights put out

4. To be up to date with and involved in school life.

  • Read our school newsletter and website to ensure you know lots about the school.
  • Meet Mrs Ridley each Wednesday at lunchtime in order to plan future tasks and events.
  • Write a report for the newsletter and website each month.

5. To plan and lead tasks and events during the year, for example Easter Bonnet Parade.

  • Use a yearly planner to plan events and activities.
  • Work as a team and recruit other members if needed in order to plan events.
  • Communicate plans clearly to children, parents and staff.
  • Practice to ensure plans will work and everybody is clear about their role.
  • Be involved in the preparation for and the running of any events.

Senior Prefect Roles

THE 2020-2021 PREFECTS WILL BE SELECTED SOON!

The selection process for the Head Boy/Girl roles is always very difficult as so many of the children show great potential in the interviews. Therefore, other important roles are created around school and all of these children do a great job in their particular role.  The prefects are managed by Mrs. Rodgers.

Name Role

 
Mr Darby's Assistant
with Mr. Darby
  Behaviour and Attendance Monitors
with Miss Jones
  PE Monitors
with Mr Hedderley 
  Library Support Team
with Miss Caro

 

Energy and Environment Team
with Mr. Worrall
  Journalists
with Mr. Goodman
  Photographers and Videographers
with Mr. Goodman
  Computer/ iPad Monitors
with Mrs. Harvey
  Door Monitors
  Lunchtime Monitors
with Mrs Powell
  Art Monitors
with Mrs. Smith
  Garden Monitor
with Mrs. Beedon

Ambassadors

In our school every child in Year 5 has an opportunity to experience the world of work by acting as a school ambassador.  Children look forward to this responsibility.  Here is what we ask of them:

  • Help in the Office
  • Assist the Headteacher
  • Take messages
  • Greet visitors to the school
  • Count money
  • Offer tea and coffee

Ambassadors are often asked to do different extra jobs.  This is to help them find out about the world of work and to broaden their experience.  They also have an Ambassador log book which they must keep up to date.

Play Leaders

Our Play Leaders play an important role at lunch times working with younger children, helping them to play games and helping our school dinner ladies.

The 2020-2021 Play Leaders Team will be revealed pending Covid19 bubble regulations being loosened.

The Team are overseen by Mr. Hedderley