On Monday 5th February the School Council and a group of Year 6 children spoke directly to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr John Bercow. Using a Skype video link in the library, individual children were able to ask Mr Speaker questions that the children from the whole school had written. The children found out about his childhood before pressing on to more demanding topics, addressing the state of NHS funding and Brexit. Mr Bercow's responses were informative but highlighted his role as Speaker, as being neutral. The children were interested in finding out more about the life of MPs, particularly following their visit to Parliament earlier in the year. Even after 45minutes of questioning there were plenty more on the list, sadly Mr Speaker couldn't give us any more time, but the School Council are enthusiastic about writing to him directly in Parliament with the remaining questions. they've seen the House of Commons' pigeon hole postal system in person, and now want to use it!
The school council were recently invited to have lunch with Mrs Kingman. They were eager to use the time wisely and prepared for the lunch by choosing some important points to raise. Firstly they had received a request from a Logan in Y6 that tomato ketchup should be available at lunch times. In preparation for the meeting with Mrs Kingman they wrote letters expressing their proposal. The quality of writing by Rosie Redford (3HH) was recognised. Rosie raised some good arguments for why having ketchup would be beneficial for the school. Mrs Kingman informed the School Council that she would have to speak to the kitchen staff and to Mrs Hall before making a decision. In assembly on Friday 26th January Mrs Kingman explained this all to the whole school. As promised, I would like to share with you the outcome of the School Council’s proposal put to me last week when I had lunch with them. They had asked that I consider the possibility for them to have ketchup served with lunches that include chips or potato wedges. The children put forward a clear and convincing case and I am pleased to say that I have agreed with this request. Pupil voice is important within a large school, recognising the British Values that we uphold. The School Council represented their peers effectively in putting forward their case. I am looking forward to future proposals and opportunities for them to make a difference. The whole school erupted into cheers when they were informed during assembly the following week. The School Council really demonstrated their power in making positive changes within their community and are motivated to continue.
Well done Herne Bay Junior's School Council!!!!
Sunday 27th May: Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings (old Homebase).
Tuesday 5th June 7.30pm: PTA Meeting at The Ship Inn.
Monday 11th–15th June 9am-3pm: Father's Day Shop.
Monday 23rd July: Leavers Disco
Saturday 4th August: Coastal Funday Junior School field
The HBJS Drama Club is now in its third year and has been very popular with the students.
In the past two years, we have been working with the Royal Shakespeare Company's Education Department within their Associate School's programme. This has given the children the opportunity to work with professional practitioners in developing their stage craft.
This year, for example, the children have learned some of the skills of stage combat.
In Spring 2017, club members created a shared performance of Shakespeare's The Tempest which they performed with pupils from other primary and secondary schools at the outside venue of the Leas Park in Folkestone. We also performed our scenes to the parents and children here at school.
Following this, some club members took part in Saturday workshops at The Marlowe Theatre to take the adapted performance to Stratford-upon-Avon, where they performed on the RSC stage at The Other Place. It was amazing to be able to offer this opportunity to the pupils.
This year we are looking forward to our performance of Julius Caesar which will take place on the main stage of The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.
Enrichment at Herne Bay Junior School is an integral part of the curriculum. It offers the opportunity to bring real life experiences back into the classroom and into the learning. It is our aim for every child to experience an enrichment opportunity at least once a year.
We have developed our ‘Top 20’ as a taste of what is on offer this year.