This year, we have joined the 'Smart School Councils' programme. This means that, rather than having just one representative from each class, now ALL of the pupils at SMSJ are School Councillors! ALL of their voices are heard!
All the children in school will be given the opportunity to lead a Class Council Meeting in their classes, at some point. Please see the 'Gallery' for photos of some of our children holding Class Council Meetings.
To support Mrs. Sargent in the running of the School Council, we have elected a Communication Team (Comms Team). These children have lots of highly skilled jobs to complete, therefore, they are chosen from our Key Stage 2 classes (Year 3 - 6). Currently, we have 12 highly effective members of the Comms Team.
The Comms Team meet up with Mrs. Sargent every week to make decisions and to talk about how we can make our school an even better place to be!
In 2017-18 we raised money for books for ERIC (Everyone Reading In Class), books linked to the topics taught in class and new table organisers if needed.
In 2018-19 we raised money for resources and equipment to support us in our Big Writes.
In 2019-20 we raised money for books for our class libraries and also money for different charities such as: MacMillan Cancer Research, The Bethany Project, Children In Need, Blackburn Foodbank and Sport Relief.
From 2020 onwards, the School Council and Pupil Leadership Team decided to work closely together in order to achieve an accreditation by Christian Aid - Global Neighbours. Please see the 'Global Neighbours' tab on the 'Pupils as Leaders' page for more information.
The children at SMSJ have shown a concern for people within our community who are homeless. Therefore, the local charity SMSJ School Council have chosen to give long term support to is Nightsafe. Find out more about Nightsafe and how we are supporting them under the 'Nightsafe' tab on the 'Global Neighbours' page.
Another charity we have decided to offer long term support to is the Bethany Project. This charity is based in Tanzania and provides a home and education for children who have no family to look after them. Find out more about the Bethany Project and how we are supporting them under the 'Bethany Project' tab on the 'Global Neighbours' page.
In addition to this, we also supported various other local and national charities throughout the year:
* We raised money for Children In Need by coming to school in non uniform on Friday 13th November and we also invited Pudsey Bear into our school for a virtual visit along with Steve Royal from Britain's Got Talent 2020 through Radio Lancashire!
* We supported Comic Relief by coming in bright and colourful clothes and even created our own comedy reel with all of our favourite jokes!
* Another charity we supported was 'Inside Out Day' where we all wore an item of clothing inside out to try to encourage people to think about how people may be feeling on the inside, regardless of how they look on the outside.
* On Monday 10th May we supported the NSPCC Number Day by bringing in donations and enjoying a whole morning of Maths Fun!