SPORTING EQUIPMENT has been a request for years at Cathays, and now we’ve finally had them. Cathays is proud for its pupil voice as we keep on updating with pupil requests.
Cathays has put up goal posts with nets and basketball hoops. This is great as the school is promoting sport which is wha the school community wanted.
We strongly encourage you to keep us posted with changes and wishes for our community. Keep on rating and posting. VC
Your Students' Association have been working in partnership with Baxter Storey over the past few months, providing them with your feedback and ideas! We received over 200 ratings for ideas relating to more vegan, vegetarian and food intolerance options.
Baxter Storey have now introduced more food options and products for students with specific dietary requirements. Please ask a member of the Catering staff for what options are available and they'll be able to point them out to you.
If there are any other food options or products you would like on the menu, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Food featured in the video: Pesto roasted vegetable baguette topped with buffalo mozzarella. Sea salt, thyme and black pepper roasted vegetable baguette with a duo of roast vineyard cherry tomatoes and mustard slaw. Full range of Grab 'n' Go vegetarian sandwiches, pasta pots, jacket potatoes and fillings. New vegan lines coming soon!
Fortunately the work from Glyncollen can point the teachers in the right direction. Here the pupils have demonstrated their understanding of democracy, democratic values and democratic processes through their campaign to reduce plastic use in their school.
They now know who the head of Swansea Council is, whom their local councillor is, what ward they live in and how they can become participants in democracy now – these young people are therefore grappling with the issues Donaldson identified – ethical issues such as sustainability and social justice.
They have gained an ability to deal with these issues by becoming active citizens and in the process gained confidence in their capacity to exert influence in their own school and community. Donaldson would be proud!
Glynncollen primary school ended the academic year with a flourish! Having prioritised ‘reducing plastics’ in the school they orchestrated their campaign to change the way free milk is provided to the Foundation Phase in their school. Their simple plan was to ask the local authority to consider other ways of supplying the milk. Currently the milk is delivered in 150ml bottles. The young people want this to be changed to 2 litre bottles and for the milk to be dispensed into stainless steel bottles.
They wrote to the politicians in their local ward, local authority and Welsh Assembly. The Environment Minister, Hannah Blythyn, AM wrote to the children to congratulate them on their campaign and provided lots of advice on how they could continue their journey towards plastic-free.
The children themselves decided to raise money to buy the stainless steel bottles and will hold a sponsored walk in September to raise the money.
One of the challenges for schools wishing to put Pupil Voice into action is whether or not participation is authentic or merely tokenistic. In this blog we look at how children in Year 6 in Glyncollen Primary School took their highly rated ideas forward to research and action.
We went to see them near the end of term to find out about the journey they had been on. Our purpose was to capture their story to investigate plastic use in their school and to help the young people show how a commitment to participatory democracy had empowered them to be activists in their own communities.
Read more and watch this fantastic video..
This week children, staff and parents at Burry Port Primary School made an important step towards improving the democratic culture of the school.
The children already use VocalEyes for Pupil Voice and these priorities now set the agenda for Student Council. Now it was a chance for the pupils to teach what they had learnt using Pupil Voice and show the parents how to log in and participate in Parent Voice.
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On Tuesday the 19th of June we had a successful day at Burry Port Primary school launching VocalEyes with staff and pupils. The day started with assembly when the whole school got a chance to see the platform in action. Following this the School Council met to learn how to use the platform.
The School Council has representatives from Years 2-6, (aged 6-11) and they began by learning how to register on VocalEyes. This took a little time but as soon as everyone was signed in the fun began!
Promotional Video (starting in 2 weeks)
Ideas and views
- Inclusion of the school values preferably at the beginning and/or end
- Talk about the amount of time spent on dedication to activities such as basketball training
- Include the variety of clubs available during and after school e.g science club
- The impact of pupil voice on the school, possibly bring up the change of uniform
- Voice overs with the images of the clubs in the background
- The standard and improvement of grades in the school as well as the progression
- Mention the extra language and other GCSEs taken by pupils
- Introduction by the headteacher
- Inclusion of the history of Cathays
- Mention of the school being rebuilt with an improved design as well as improved facilities
- Videos and pictures of the summer timetable, especially the trips
- More pupils rather than staff in the video and ask for volunteers in year 7
- Narrator when photos and videos on screen to save time during video
- Awais as narrator
- School council as well as ordinary students to speak in video
- Lucas to speak about VocalEyes and his inclusion of the child freindly city programme
- Charity events
- Students to talk about the available community languages they are taking/taken
- Young interpreters
- Ensuring students have permission to be in the video
- Areas to broadcast the video such as Roath library
- Musicians in the school to provide the music in the video
- Alois to provide background music
- Jonathan to play guitar in back music
- Josepth meyrick-ash to play piano
- Vivane for background music
- Rebecca to play the flute in back music
- Aim to get the promotional video done by the beginning of July
- After national test KS3 to do part of the recordings (through volunteering)
VocalEyes reached a significant milestone on Friday April 27, 2018. A training event for Participatory Democracy Champions from 10 secondary schools in the City of Cardiff took place in the grandeur of Cardiff City Hall. We welcomed almost 60 young people and their teachers on the day.
Read more and watch the video..