At GV, every child and every member of staff (except Mr Lynch) belongs to one of four Houses - Scotch Horn (Yellow), Trendlewood (Green), Glassblowers (Blue) or Colliers (Red). Each House Group is named after a region in Nailsea or a traditional industry in the area.
Belonging to a House is a very important aspect of being part of our school. Every week, pupils spend time with their House Teams in Service (red and blue together; yellow and green together) and at least eight times a year there are special House Community Group events. There are three community groups for each house and contain children from Year R right through to Year 6. Each Community Group is led by a member of staff who is supported by Year 6 pupils and/or House Leaders. During community group time, a variety of activities are undertaken including community builders, circle time, Spritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (SMSC) activities, 'Values' work, activities linked with the local community etc. The children love community groups and it is lovely to see the interaction between our oldest pupils and the youngest.
At Sports Day for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, pupils participate in races and events as house teams. KS2 pupils also take part in intra-mural matches throughout the year.
In addition to Community Groups, House Leaders are responsible for collecting and distributing house points and showing visitors around the school. House Leaders undertake this responsibility for two terms; a new set of House Leaders are selected at Christmas for Terms 3 & 4, and at Easter for Terms 5 & 6.
The school also has four Year 6 pupils who have been chosen as Ambassadors for the school. These four pupils work hard to undertake a range of duties, including showing visitors around the school, taking part in staff interviews etc.
The Year 6 Pupil Ambassadors for 2019 - 20 are Matthew, Esme, Toby & Kara. Congratulations to all four of you!
The new House Leaders were announced in Service this morning. They are:
SCOTCH HORN: Genevieve & Ed
COLLIERS: Millie & Krishan
GLASSBLOWERS: Sophie & Flinn
TRENDLEWOOD: Emma & Harry
Congratulations and well done!
New School Council Representatives have recently been democratically elected by their peers and have started to make plans for the year.
They are as follows:
Year 3: Harry, Flo, Katie and Is
Year 4: Alana, Jonathan, Nathan and Maks
Year 5: Evert, Jimi, David and Emelia
Year 6: Seb, Sophie, Liam and Chloe
School Council representatives were elected by their classmates after giving campaign speeches. All candidates needed to speak eloquently and give reasons as to why they would be good representatives for their class. Deputy School Council members were appointed. It is a democratic process, using a secret ballot, just like real elections.
School Council then meet fortnightly with Mrs Elskamp (Week B Wednesday lunchtimes) to discuss opportunities to raise money for different charities and broaden experiences for all children at Golden Valley. Previous successes have been running 'Bring a Book, Swap a Book' events and making items such as bookmarks, badges and key-rings to see to raise money for charities. Charities previously supported are: 'Cancer Research UK,' 'Make a Wish,' 'Water aid,' 'UNICEF,' and 'CLIC Sargent.'
One of School Council's first fund-raising events is to run a 'Bring a Book, Swap a Book' event. In the past, these events have been successful in not only raising money, but also the profile of reading at home and sharing the love of books. The whole school participate, having the opportunity to bring a book that they have already read and swap it for a new book.
School Council members report back to their own classes and also to KS1 classes and bring ideas for future events to meetings. It is also a forum to allow children to bring up points for discussion, for example "could we have a lunchtime homework club?" and "how can we improve our learning environment?" All ideas are discussed and passed to Mr Lynch and as many as possible are actioned. Previous successes are installing an outside clock in the KS2 playground, having sharing events throughout the school and having ketchup on a Friday for school lunches!