Hawksworth Wood Primary School

School Forum Minutes: 4th July 2014

Present: Andrea Padden, Pat Spedding, Emi Banciu, Gail Clinch, Valerie McHale, Susan Childs, Irena Riley, PCSO Lynn Holdsworth, Penny Davinaoff, Louise Mann, Julie Parr, Malachi, Morgan, Britney, Jacqueline, Kiana and Bolton

Apologies: Mrs Roberts,  Rev Jude Smith

Minutes of the last meeting read and agreed

Matters Arising

School Update

School Council Update
Our Playground Lookout Project earned us a certificate for the Speaker’s School Council Award.  We are now focusing on the friendship stop and the playground equipment.  It is early days yet but there has been an improvement in the children’s attitude towards the use of the friendship stop and the way the playtime equipment is treated.

The school council has been very involved with welcoming teachers from other schools for the Investors In Pupils training hosted earlier this term.  The children took part in sharing their knowledge and talking about the school council and all aspects of the school that promote pupil participation.  As this is our final School Forum meeting we would just like to say how much we have enjoyed attending and we hope that next year’s school council will enjoy it as much as we have.

Diversity Forum
Kiana and Bolton reported the Diversity Forum have now received the books order in a range of different languages.  Children throughout the school with English as a second language are invited to a lunchtime group where they can read these new books with the support of a Diversity Forum member.

Community Update

Valerie McHale and Susan Childs told the School Forum that HOPS had a lovely week’s holiday in Eastbourne with their members.  HOPS have started up 3 new groups; a fun walking group, a fun singing group and a men’s group.  Valerie said they don’t have a lot of men coming to HOPS and it is hoped a men’s only group will encourage more men to join. Susan said Trinity College has been in touch and they are hoping to do a project filming some of the HOPS members talking about their stories and memories to use as an archive for the community. Susan is hoping school can get involved in the project.

St Mary’s Church
Louise Mann and Emi Banciu reported on the High School Hero’s transition group for year 6 has started again and is going well.  Emi has been piloting an after school club called lift.  Next year Emi is hoping to have a full time after school club up and running, where children can listen to Bible stories and play games. Both Louise and Emi thanked the school for their support this year.

We had no representative from YMCA

PCSO Lynn Holdsworth reported that burglaries on the Hawksworth Wood estate are down.  There has, however been a problem with mini motor bikes and graffiti.  Some of the children at the meeting said they had seen the graffiti around the estate and it was not saying nice things about people.  PCSO Lynn said if anyone had any information they could tell a teacher in confidence.  We all want to live in a safe and pleasant community and environment.  Mrs Padden asked about the dog fouling on the pavements and who was responsible for enforcing the law.  PCSO Lynn reported that at the moment funding for maintaining the dog fouling bins have been cut and at present there is no one employed to empty the bins, however PCSO Lynn did agree that allowing your dog to foul the pavements where children often play is irresponsible of the dog owner.

West North West Homes
Penny Davinoff said not only is looking after the council houses on Hawksworth Wood estate part of her job but she also works closely with the police to improve the environment and making sure the gardens of the council properties are well maintained and the streets are clean and tidy.  Penny reported that West North West Homes was changing its name to Leeds Council and that there were many changes come in the next year or so.

Extended Services
Pat Spedding started off by giving information about the activities planned for the summer and gave Mrs Clinch a flyer to be given out to the children in school with information about all the activities available.

Children Centre
Irena Riley reported on a recent table top sale they held at the Children’s Centre to raise money for a large sand pit in the play area which needs filling.  The Children Centre is planning on have family activities during the summer holidays.

Community Centre
We had apologies from Mrs Roberts.

School News

Our Summer Fair was held on the Saturday 28th June and although it rained which meant cancelling the gymnastic display to be performed outside, we did manage to raise £800.  We are hoping that the children can perform the display during our sports day.

We passed our Healthy Schools audit and held our first training day for Investors In Pupils.   25 teachers from across Yorkshire attended the training and were all impressed with our children who demonstrated their knowledge of how the school is structured and how they contribute to its successful running.  Thanks go to the children and Mrs Plumb who has been heavily involved in both the Healthy Schools audit and organising the Investors In Pupils training.

We have our Classopoly day out on Monday 14th July for the winners of our attendance game and our levers assembly will be on Wednesday 16th July.

Pat Spedding sent best wishes to all our year 6 children who will be leaving us to go to high school in September.

Date of the next meeting Friday 5th December 2014 at 2.00pm

Diversity Forum Minutes: 4th June 2014

• Lunchtime Reading Club: new books and dictionaries
• Assembly dates and ideas

Members present
Y6: Bolton, Benedicte, Kiana, Lucy, Kristine, Elena, Britney
Y5: Sophie, Faith, Jenson, Leah

Lunchtime Reading Club
Tuesday lunchtime once a month.
Feedback from readers was that the new books were inspirational
The next Club meeting will be tomorrow at 12.45 in Y6 classroom

Assembly dates and ideas
• Enter hall with flags representing countries in our school
• Have a conversation in another language with someone who doesn’t speak it. This will then be translated
• Celebrations discussed: gatherings in Caribbean and Ghana incorporating dance. Latvian celebrations
• Diversity group to re-write ‘I have a dream’

Any Other Business
• The Action Plan has been updated
• Kiana had an idea for next Cultural Week for children to dress up as famous black/Asian figures to celebrate their life

Economic Well Being Week

All this yummy popcorn was prepared by the children in Year 2 for the Economic Well Being Marketplace.  They made enough for everybody and there was none left at the end!

Economic Well Being Week

This colourful display was prepared by the children in Year 3 for the Economic Well Being Marketplace.  They made and sold stunning bookmarks with a World Cup theme which proved very popular!

Economic Well Being Week

The children in Year 6 used their £10 to cash in on the latest trend of loom bands, selling bracelets and rings. They were definitely one of the most popular stalls in the Marketpace and turned their £10 into over £50!