At Shaw Wood Academy, the thoughts and feelings of our pupils are important to us which is why we have a school council to represent the pupils. The School Council meet with Miss Davies every two weeks, and come up with ideas to improve the school and then report these ideas back to the Senior Leadership Team.
Over the coming weeks, the School Council will be working with the Key Stage 2 classes to vote for a new local charity for the school to support. This will help the children to get a better understanding of the voting system and how we can support our community.
This year, the School Council are continuing to develop our garden area. We have already started to plan what we would like to grow next year as well as thinking of other ways we can use the garden to reduce our impact on the environment.
The School Council aim to support this eco-friendly approach by starting an Eco-Schools committee. The committee will work with Miss Davies and take part in eco-friendly schemes throughout the year.
At Shaw Wood, we are always looking for new and exciting ways to look after the environment.
We recently heard about an eco project run by IKEA and thought it would be an ideal opportunity for the children to learn more about the environment. The project started with the school council gathering ideas as to how we as a school could protect the planet. The school council brought together the ideas and chose the best ones.
They then voted for the one that they thought was the most practical and the most beneficial. The chosen project included a vegetable garden to grow food, rain water collection to water the crops and a compost bin to reduce food waste. Six children were then invited to the IKEA site in Armthorpe to present the project in a Dragon’s Den style pitch.
We were recently informed that we were successful in our pitch and will be receiving a grant from IKEA to make the project a reality. We look forward to starting the project!
Jo and Mick from Ikea came into school on Monday 27th March to present the children with a donation towards their Eco Project. The money will be used to purchase compost, seeds and trees, gardening equipment and wooden beds.
We hope to have the seeds planted in the next couple of weeks and we look forward to harvesting our tasty home grown treats!
We are pleased to announce that the first of our growth mindset challenge videos is now available for you to try at home! So why not have a go? Use your imagination and see what you can create. We would love to see how you get on, you might like to bring a picture into school or record a video of your own. Good luck!
Have a look at the progress of our vegetable garden…
Keira and Katie are pleased to announce that a second growth mindset challenge video is now available for you to try at home! We have tried the activity in year four and many of the children were able to come up with fantastic designs.
We look forward to hearing how you get on!
Last week we were very lucky to have a visit from Jo and Mick at IKEA. They came to officially open our vegetable garden ‘Growing Roots’.
All of the school council were present as well as a number of children that visited IKEA to pitch for the grant.
They were very excited to see the garden being opened and celebrated with some special treats!
A few weeks ago year 4 put on a wonderful assembly to celebrate the Harvest Festival. The Mayor and his wife and Reverend Jan were invited to attend and school council couldn’t resist the opportunity to interview the visitors! The children came up wit some excellent questions and learnt a lot about the role of the mayor, our local council and current issues in the area. We managed to persuade them to pose for some photographs, which can be seen below.