At Norwood we have Year 6 School Captains as our School Council. Every Monday, after school, we meet with Mrs Murray, Mrs Coleman and Miss Barry to discuss projects, fundraising and issues raised from our fortnightly consultations with our link classes. At the beginning of the term, we have to fill out an application form giving reasons why we think we would make good school captains. Next term, there will be new captains selected to continue our hard work. We work closely with the eco-committee, after-school clubs, the leadership team and the community.
We would like you to swap your loving pop for water this summer. Pick up a Norwood water bottle for just £2 on the playground each morning. Any profit we will be given to Water Aid.
Our first project was Harvest on the 10th October. We asked KS1 children to donate flowers to cheer up the elderly and KS2 to donate tins of food that have been given to Southport Food Bank. It was wonderful to meet so many of the residents at the nursing homes. Thank you to everyone who has donated something towards our harvest festival this year and thank you to those other KS2 children who helped deliver the flowers. It really has made a difference to others in the community.
We showed racism the red card on the 21st October. We asked Mrs Baron to organise a day where each class could learn about how to fight racism and raise awareness. Each child brought in £1 to wear red and as a result we were able to donate £392.62 to the UK Anti- Racism Education Charity, Show Racism the Red Card. Please visit the website below for more information.
During our lunch breaks, we often work with the Eco-Committee to collect litter from the school playground and woodland areas.
Remember all the plastic bottles we collected last half term? Ever wondered what happened to them? Some members of The School Council and Year 5 teamed up with other schools, who also belong to 'The Green Machine,' and created a huge poppy that was later erected in 'The Kings Garden. They walked to Holy Trinity Community Hall and painted the bottle bases either red or black. Staff who went remarked on the fantastic team spirit and impeccable manners shown by our children. Well done Norwood! From selling poppies on the playground each morning, we raised a fabulous £314.31 for the appeal.
On Friday the 18th of November, Norwood had its very own 'SPOTACULAR' to raise money for Children in Need. We asked children to bring in 'spotty' cakes to sell in return for wearing as many spots and stripes as they could. After school, we then had a disco. All together we raised £458.86 for this worthwhile cause.
This year all donations from the Christmas Carol Concerts were donated to a charity called Jack's Journey, who have recently given Norwood a Buddy Bench to promote friendship in our school. Jack was just 22 when he died in a car accident in January 2013, but since then his mum and sister, Kath and Hollie, set up Jack’s Journey to raise funds for young people in his name. Thank you Isla and Lucas for nominating us. A big thank you to our parents for donation of £600.
On the 16th December for fun day, we all dressed up in our Christmas jumpers and raised £345.52 for Save the Children. It was a brilliant day for a brilliant cause!
Go Orange Day
On the 27th of January we all dressed up in Orange to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy UK– a charity that supports children and adults that have muscle wasting conditions across the nation. All together we raised at Norwood £382.42. Thank you everyone for your kind donations.
After we put together a short list of names for our Lunch Hall, we had a whole school vote where children filled in a secret voting slip. The most popular by far was the Happy Cafe with a staggering 180 votes. Check out our results graph below. From our meetings with different year groups, we have also put some suggestions forward to Mr Dumbell and Mr Watson with the hope of improving the hall further. More information to come. Watch this space!
As part of the Southport Learning Partnership, we took part in the second event of Love My Community on the 10th of February. By wearing odd shoes for the day we were able to raise £395. 42 for Queenscourt Hospice by every child bringing in £1. Jess (Y6 Captain) and Owen (Y6) went down to meet Queenie the Bee. In order to raise awareness in the local newspaper, we had our photo taken along with children from other schools.
As part of our voluntary work in the community, Year 6 captains have been tidying the gardens at Meols Cop Railway Station by weeding and planting new flowers. Whilst we are there, we enjoy chatting to the Friends of the Station and have learnt how to stay safe on the platform.
In 2014, we were awarded the Rotary's Service Above Self Award. This year, we hope to achieve it again.