It’s been a term full of, effort, action and reward for the School Council.
We counted up the votes at the end of term one for the annual ‘Choice for Change’ ballot, in which pupils vote for one aspect of the school environment that they would like to see improved. It was very close between four different options this year, but, by a few votes the winner was improving the PE changing rooms in Cockcroft. Therefore one of our projects this term has been to start the process of fulfilling the electorate’s wishes! After some further research, we now hope to improve the decor of the changing rooms and add a water dispenser along with a new safe. Our work on making this happen continues into next term. With our determined group of Councillors this year, I look forward to seeing more progress on this soon.
Avid readers may recall that in the last issue we were looking forward to attending the BACAs (Didcot Business and Community Awards). Although not winners on the evening we were delighted to be shortlisted, twice, into the final three; once for the School Council's work over the year and also for our Chalk-In initiative. It was a very enjoyable evening at the Cornerstone and nice to receive some special praise for our Chalk-In project and to hear of the other great community groups and their work taking place in Didcot.
The School Council were shocked and disappointed when researching for another of our projects this term. To begin with we wanted to support the International Day against Violence towards Women. However when we started discovering more and more about Gender Inequality in other ways, we thought we should bring this to pupils’ attention to act and take a pledge to make a stand as young women. Here are a few statistics our research uncovered:
62 million girls are denied an education all over the world
In Saudi Arabia, women aren't allowed to drive
Out of 100 of the Biggest (FTSE) Companies in the UK only 7 are run by Women
Every year, an estimated 15 million girls under 18 are married worldwide, with little or no say in the matter.
So having made pupils aware of these facts in our year assembly, we invited the DGS community to take part in our giant EQUALITY Wall. Students wrote inspirational messages of support on orange sheets of paper (orange the colour for the International Day against Violence towards Women). Pupils then stuck their messages on to our EQUALITY Wall which has stood for several days as a ‘hi-vis’ testimony to our thoughts, desires and call for action towards how women must be treated in our lifetime.
You can watch our Equality Wall being made here:
It takes courage to stand up to bullying, to tell the bullies it is wrong, to offer words of support to the victim or to report it. And what if it is your friend who is a bully – that can be tough to tell them what you really think of their treatment of others.
But standing up and taking action, not being a bystander, is what we expect and demand of DGS pupils, whenever and wherever, we see or hear of bullying taking place. My community, your community, our community will not tolerate this – no bullying of any kind at DGS or elsewhere.
That was our message for the national anti-bullying week in November.
We wanted an aspect of celebration though too, so we launched our ‘Power for Good’ heroes search. We have asked pupils to nominate somebody, whether it is a friend, family member or member of DGS staff who has stood up to bullying in some capacity and to be recognised for their no tolerance approach. We already have had lots of entries which is really pleasing and we look forward to announcing and giving some prizes to our Power for Good Heroes in the whole school assembly.
So from us, your School Councillors we look forward to a festive rest and then continuing with our quest to help make DGS as brilliant as place as possible. Happy Christmas everybody.
Mr S George
School Council Lead
Mr C. Powell - Director of Finance and Services
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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