'My daughter has really valued the fact that School Council's opinion is sought and listened to on a multitude of matters.' - Year 11 parent

School Council

global-goals-logo-shareOne of our School Council projects this term has been supporting the United Nations Global Goals, which are also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), by making our school more sustainable.

There are seventeen sustainable development goals and we are focussing on ways of reducing our consumption of valuable resources so that we can protect our planet. We’ve all heard of global warming but many have stopped taking it seriously and are forgetting how much it effects us.

We are already seeing change happen ranging from famine in South Sudan to the courgette shortage in England. This is just the beginning; in ten years time it won’t be vegetables that we don’t have, it might be electricity, or water.

“Ours is the last generation which can head off the worst effects of climate change and the first generation with the wealth and knowledge to eradicate poverty. For this, fearless leadership from us all is needed...”  Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator for United Nations Development Programme.

So what are the School Council doing? We are:

1. Asking the local council for more recycling bins.

2. Asking the cafeteria staff to promote the use of washable items such as plates and metal cutlery instead of takeaway boxes and plastic forks.

3. Asking the cafeteria to use bags of sugar instead of individual small sugar packets to reduce packaging.

4. Creating posters to remind everyone how to be more sustainable and look after our planet.

       5. Running SDG Bingo in form time. On the Bingo sheet there are small actions that we can all take to reduce our use of important resources and help us all live

sustainably.

Here are things you can do!

· SDG Bingo!

· Reduce, reuse, recycle.

· Don’t buy more bottled drinks when you can fill up a re-usable water bottle.

· Bring in your own thermos that you can fill with coffee or tea.

· Eat less meat, and go vegetarian – it’s much better for the environment!

An update on your Choices for Change winner – revamping the Cockcroft PE changing rooms.

PE Changing roomWe are delighted to say that we have joined forces with the Art Ambassadors and are making good progress on a design. After meeting with the PE staff we have decided to focus on one area initially, and that will be to put some murals on the walls above the hooks and possibly onto the ceiling.  The design we’ve gone for is to represent the different sports we play here at DGS. We hope that this will bring a splash of colour to the changing rooms and one that you will like.

We are continuing to finalise the design and exact layout before starting work on it next term.  If it all goes well then we might look to add even more changes to the Cockcroft PE area.

On the theme of change, some of us in the School Council this term have been looking at small, inexpensive improvements we can make to our own environment to make our time here that little bit more comfortable and to our own taste.

So, we are in the middle of trying to introduce three small changes at DGS.  We recently held a really productive meeting with Mr Powell, the School’s Business Manager, in which he supported our three ideas which are:

· A mat to wipe our feet on when entering assemblies in Frids gym.

· Hooks on all toilet doors in school to hang our bags or coats on.

· Making sure the soap dispensers are regularly replenished with soap.

We were really pleased with the outcome of this first meeting and  will be doing our bit on your behalf to make these changes happen as soon as possible.  Of course, don’t forget that if you have an idea for something you want to change in school, do tell us or Mr George - as long as it is a good idea we will try to make it happen!

Mr S George

School Council Lead


Mr C. Powell - Director of Finance and Services

PARENTPAY

The Student Council identified that one of its main priorities was to reduce the queues at our cash loader units which are used for students to top up their accounts with cash for school meals. In order to help achieve this we want to appeal to all parents to pay for school meals by online payments rather than cash. Not only does this reduce the queues but it also minimises the need for students to carry cash and thus prevents the risk of loss.

It is very easy to pay money directly into your child’s account through our on-line payments system, ParentPay.  It may be that you have forgotten your account username or password, in which case, we can help reset these. Alternatively you may not have yet registered to use the system at all in which case we can arrange setting up of your account, username and password.

In either case, just give the school a call on 01235 812092 and ask to speak to the administration office or email Miss Allsworth on kallsworth@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk who will be pleased to help you.

Please do help our Student Council achieve its wish to get all our payments online and eliminate those queues!

Access to ParentPay is via www.parentpay.com


 

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