Thank you, Mr. Mayor

Today, we welcomed the Cudworth Ward Alliance and we were proud to receive an award fromthe Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Steve Green. We showed how we had been learning about our local community in our topics and shared some of our war-themed poetry.  Thank you for our shield engraved ‘For our Fallen Local Heroes’. 

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Dear Stephanie….

We are writing to our local MP Stephanie Peacock about our concerns linked to Article 27 of the UNICEF charter. We are worried about temporary housing, inadequate clothing and insufficient food for families in our country, county and town.

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Our Right This Week

This week, we are thinking about the right to be helped if you have been hurt, neglected or badly treated. We will be discussing how children might be helped in these situations.

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School Council Visit to the Houses of Parliament

What a fantastic and memorable day! The children enjoyed their visit to the Houses of Parliamentand got to go into the House of Commons and the House of Lords.  They even took part in a debating workshop.  The highlight was going on the London Eye and our ice cream was delicious  (thank you Father David)!  We stopped off at McDonald’s for our tea, which was another highlight!

We had a wonderful day and the children were perfectly behaved, well done to everyone and thank you to Mrs Allen, Father David and Richard Burgin.

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Is it okay?

 

Mrs. Allen asked us to discuss her decision to let Elsa be a blood donor dog. This was a philosophy lesson where opinions changed as discussion and research took place.

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Our Right This Week

This week, we are discussing the right of children to have their basic needs met. This includes having nutritious food, clean water, suitable clothing and a safe place to live.

 

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SMSC Audit 2019

SMSC Audit ~ Jan 2019

 

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A Meeting with our MP

Stephanie Peacock, our MP for Cudworth, very kindly visited our School Council Meeting on Friday afternoon.  She answered lots of questions from our School Councillors, for example, ‘What are you focussing on to help schools?’ and ‘What do you do when you go to the Houses of Parliament?’

We are now looking forward to going to the Houses of Parliament!

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Rights of the Child

Mrs. Lawson led a staff meeting on how to integrate CRC into our curriculum. 

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Our Right This Week…

This week, we are looking at the rights that refugees have when forced to flee their homes and live in another country. (Article 22).

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Rights of the Child

This week we are looking at Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This states that children have the right to clean water, nutritious food and medical care.

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British Values

Today, we have been discussing children’s right to education. We talked about children who live in countries experiencing war and how this affects their right to education. We all agreed that they should still go to school but we talked about how important it is to make sure children are safe.

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Our Rights

We have produced some excellent pieces of work linked to the different articles of the RRSA charter.

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The Importance of Manners

Mrs. Allen held a memorable assembly. She showed all the children how to hold their knife and fork correctly, and how to act correctly in the dinner…

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Education, Education, Education!

Here we are discussing our UNICEF RRSA article of the week.

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A Good Quality Education

In school, we are learning about Article 28, and looking at how all children have the right to a good quality education. 

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“Rights” are things every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights. These rights are listed inthe UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Almost every country has agreed to these rights. All the rights are connected to each other, and all are equally important. Sometimes, we have to think about rights in terms of what is the best for children in a situation, and what is critical to life and protection from harm. As you grow, you have more responsibility to make choices and exercise your rights.

Article 28

You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to reach the highest level you can

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What is Best for the Child…

Miss Betts stressed the importance of safety for children, and highlighted how protection from harm should always come first.

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A Message From Zambia

We are very proud to be able to support this important mission.

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Happy to Help Others

We proudly sent over a range of T-shirts to support a school in Zambia and we were delighted to receive these photographs from a member of our #incrediblecommunity of the T-shirts being put to good use.

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Good Afternoon Mr. Mayor!

Our School Councillors spent an educational and enjoyable afternoon at Barnsley Town Hall. They learned about the roles and responsibilities of councillors and mayoral duties. It was a privilege to ask questions in the council chambers and admire artefacts in the mayor’s parlour. The refreshments were delicious too! Thank you Mr. Mayor for hosting us.

 

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Children in Need 2018

Another year, another amazing day. It all started with a guest appearance from a dancing camel! The children loved watching Mrs. Allen and Mr. Froggatt perform a well-rehearsed routine. In the afternoon, the School Council organised a Bring andBuy Sale to help raise the amazing amount of £970 (with more to come in) for the charity and our School Fund.

It was a very successful day; thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for their ongoing support!

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In Flanders Fields

We learned John McCabe’s beautiful poem and talked about the sacrifices made. Our art work was based on the poem – we made each and every poppy unique, to represent the individual lives, personalities and cultures of the fallen.

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We Will Remember Them

There are two beautiful displays in the hall showcasing a range of work from Key Stages 1 and 2. Thank you to Mrs. Birch for creating such poignant displays to help us remember the brave acts and sacrifices of those in past conflicts. 

 

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Good Morning, Mr. Mayor!

Our School Council visited the Mayor at the Town Hall this morning. They were made very welcome and chatted with Mr. Mayor about democracy, mayoral duties and local councillors. We were given a guided tour of the council chambers, where our School Councillors were encouraged to ask the mayor questions. We visited the Mayor’s Parlour and looked at lots of his treasures. He was very welcoming, and gifted each councillor a leather bookmark. What an exciting and enlightening morning of learning, thank you Mr Mayor!

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A Century Later…

 
Today marks one hundred years since some women were given the chance to vote. Our philosophy stimulus was ‘Votes for Women’. The children discussed, debated and shared facts, thoughts and ideas based on the suffragettes.
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Head Boy and Head Girl Elections

 
This week marked the first formal elections for Birkwood’s Head Boy and Head Girl. After learning about democracy and governance in our country from Mr. Froggatt, we moved into a formal Hustings on Monday. Each candidate presented their manifesto to over 200 of their peers. All five candidates were amazing and worthy of the prestigious position!
 
Voting took place in school on Monday afternoon – our  School Councillors ensured that votes were completed and submitted according to the law.  After a day of sorting, counting and verifying, the results were announced in assembly, where short speeches from the successful candidates also took place.
 
We are really proud of all of the children who stood for election, and well done again to our first ever Head Boy and Head Girl.
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Rule Island

While thinking about respecting others, we created our own islands. We thought about the rules that would be important to us, and considered what this mean to others.

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Bring and Buy Sale 2017

Birkwood supported Children in Need on Friday 17th November. Thank you so much for all your kind and generous donations. A huge Thank You and well done to our wonderful School Council for their hard work! 

 

We raised £938.08 which will support Children in Need and our School Fund which heavily subsidises all trips and visits for our own children .

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Superb School Councillors

Our School Councillors have shown initiative when planning our Bring and Buy Sale and they have made a fantastically positive contribution to our #incrediblecommunity. Well done School Councillors!

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Poppy Wreath

Year 6 lunchtime art club have enjoyed making a poppy wreath for Remembrance Sunday. The wreath will be placed at the memorial at St. John’s Church at the 10am service on Sunday.

 

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