Welcome to the School Council page!
Our School Council - Our Voice!
School Council Intent Statement
With God, all things are possible.
Nurture: Through our School Council, we ensure that all the children at St. Michael with St. John CEP School are cared for, supported and listened to.
We encourage the children in our school to become more aware of some of the issues around us. We have helped many charities, for example, the Bethany Project, MacMillan Cancer Care, Blackburn Foodbank and Children In Need.
The children in our school have shown a concern for people within our community who are homeless so this year, we are supporting Nightsafe, which is a charity who supports young people, aged between 16 and 24, in Blackburn, who have nowhere to stay.
Additionally, we raise money every year for our school, to help to make it a better place.
We respect ideas from all the different year groups and care for those around us by trying our best to solve any problems.
Our School Council ensure that every child at SMSJ has a voice which can be heard.
Inspire: The School Council at SMSJ have been elected to set an example for their class by following the school rules and values.
By motivating our peers with interactive and fun ideas, we have raised large amounts of money by holding fundraisers that engage the children and encourage them to donate.
Our School Council also show pupils at SMSJ how to be perfect pupils and when fundraisers have been organised, we inspire them to bring in money and participate.
We inspire our children to think of others, both within our school and in the wider community. Our School Council ask the children in their classes to consider ways in which SMSJ can be improved, and also who they would like to help within the community, then they work together to make some of these ideas a reality.
Achieve: Over the years, our School Council has raised thousands of pounds for various projects within school and also for various charities.
Last year, we have raised over £120 for MacMillan Cancer Research, over £180 for Children in Need, over £110 for The Bethany Project and we also raised money for Sport Relief. In addition to this, our families provided lots of food donations for Blackburn Foodbank.
SMSJ School Council work hard to raise money for different charities throughout the year.
Our School Council is made up of one representative from each class (Year 1 to Year 6). Under normal circumstances, we meet every fortnight to talk about how we can make our school an even better place to be! At the moment we are in contact via email, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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.
This year, as already mentioned, the children have shown a concern for people within our community who are homeless. Therefore, the main charity SMSJ School Council have chosen to support this year is Nightsafe. Find out more about Nightsafe further down this page.
In addition to this, we will also be supporting various other charities throughout the year. We have already 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!
Meet the School Council of 2020-21
School Council 2020-21
This year, SMSJ School Council has decided to raise money for a school focus, support a main charity (Nightsafe) AND support different charities throughout the year!
Nightsafe has been supporting homeless young people since 1990 and it is their 30th anniversary this year.
So far, they have
- Helped over 14,750 young people
- Prevented over 43,000 nights on the street
- Provided over 150,000 meals
Nightsafe is a charity that offers young people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, somewhere to go, somewhere to stay and someone to talk to. Blackburn with Darwen, where Nightsafe is based, is an area of high deprivation and is rated in the top 10% of areas of deprivation in the country (Lancashire County Council 2019 deprivation analysis).
Nightsafe supports young people aged 16-24 via the following areas:
EMERGENCY NIGHT SHELTER
Their emergency direct access Night Shelter allows young people to self-refer and stay for up to 9 nights in a clean, welcoming and safe environment where they have access to laundry facilities, food, bathrooms, a lounge and separate single bedrooms. Young people accessing the shelter are provided with move on support following a holistic assessment to determine their needs. The night shelter is staffed with a team of 6 full time international volunteers who are generally the same age as our residents and offer an informal peer support service to the young people accessing the shelter.
ACTIVITY BASED DAY CENTRE
The shelter is complemented by an activity-based day centre (Platform 5) located within the same building. Here they provide information, advice and guidance on a number of subjects including housing, wellbeing, education, employment and training opportunities, laundry facilities, a shower, hot drinks and meals, life skills education sessions and positive activities such as arts and crafts, football and sport sessions. The daycentre is a daytime drop in service that can be accessed by shelter residents, homeless young people, young people living independently in the community and residents from other housing projects.
SUPPORTED ACCOMMODATION PROJECTS
Nightsafe has four supported accommodation projects: Witton, Cornfield Cliffe, The Gatehouse and Safe@Silas. Young people, who would otherwise be homeless, can stay long term and receive support from a key worker with a bespoke support plan. Nightsafe also has a specialist under 18’s LEAP support worker (Lifeskills, Education, Aspirations Project) who liaises closely with schools and training providers to ensure that young people maintain their educational goals and reach their potential even whilst experiencing crisis.
VOLUNTEER MENTOR PROGRAMME
Nightsafe has a volunteer mentor programme that provides a listening ear and befriending service, offering support for young people to attend external services and appointments, advocacy and goal setting/planning tailored to a pace that suits the individual. Volunteer mentors support young people across all their projects and helps to increase positive move on plans and individual goals.
Nightsafe offers an outreach floating support service in the community, supporting a number of individuals to maintain their tenancies and ensure positive health and safety outcomes and personal opportunities such as education and training, budgeting support etc.
Due to COVID-19 all their fundraising events have been cancelled and some of their funding streams have been deferred to an unknown date. Due to this, in April they launched their £100K Appeal. They have received tremendous support from communities across East Lancashire and are constantly looking at how they can keep everyone informed of their work.
They are currently looking for funding to support the following.
Platform 5 Day Centre and Emergency Night Shelter:
- £2:50 would provide daytime support for a homeless young person for 1 week
- £5:00 would provide a young person with 3 meals a day
- £5:00 would provide each young person with their own personal hygiene pack
- £10:00 would provide one emergency food and hygiene parcel for a young person
- £20:00 would double their Daycentre weekly food budget
- £40.00 would provide a young person with a safe bed for 1 night
- £5:00 would provide a young person with 3 meals a day
- £15:00 would provide a young person with 1-1 support and guidance for one week
- £20:00 would provide home schooling for a young person for one week
If you are in a position to support Nightsafe in any way, please get in touch with Mrs. Sargent.
Please scroll further down the page for a powerpoint presentation by one of our School Councillors about Nightsafe. The powerpoint includes a link to a clip of how BBC Children In Need supported Nightsafe quite recently.
Already we are supporting Children In Need by coming to school in non uniform on Friday 13th November - please make your donations via Scopay. As already mentioned, we have also invited Pudsey Bear in for a virtual visit with Steve Royal (from this year's Britain's Got Talent) through Radio Lancashire.
Throughout the year, different charities hold fundraising events. SMSJ School Council will choose which charities they feel we should support and we will decide on the best ways in which we can support them.
As so much work has been done towards supporting charities, SMSJ School Council haven't had time yet to find out what school projects our children would like to work on this year - more to come on this!
Watch this space to find out what's next!