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School Council

The School Council representatives are elected by their classes and meet regularly throughout the year.

We think of lots of ways to raise money for charity and we share ideas to make the school an even better place to be! 

We held a whole-school assembly to tell everyone about our plans for Harvest Festival. Everyone in the school brought food donations to the church. We organized a lovely display and arranged for the food to be taken to Gillingham Food Bank. We had a thank you letter from the food bank which said we had donated enough food to provide a 3-day food parcel for seven families! 

Harvest Festival


Thank you to everyone who donated £1 to Save the Children and wore a Christmas jumper on Thursday 20th December. It certainly brightened up our Christmas lunch!

We managed to raise £100 for Save the Children. 


On Friday 16th November we will be hosting a fundraising day for Children in Need. Please come to school in your home clothes with a £1 donation. In addition, we will be hosting 'Semley School Bake Off'. Cakes will be judged and then sold at the end of the day. All money raised will go to Children in Need. So brush off your aprons and get baking! 

Christmas Shoebox Appeal 


Yesterday we had a visit from Bernard from Shaftesbury Rotary Club. He told us all about the shoe box appeal and how it helps those less fortunate than us.


UPDATE: School Council would like to say a big thank you for your shoebox donations - we collected 62 shoeboxes altogether! 



As in previous years, school council have again decided to use World Book Day as an opportunity to help Oxfam.  (See the attached letter below.)

Christmas Jumper Day

Thank you very much for supporting us to help raise money for Save the Children. We raised £94.00.


A big thank you we raised an amazing £170.17 for Children in Need.

A BIG Thank you - we collected 42 shoeboxes for the Rotary Club.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

Today, 10th October, School council organised an assembly to talk about the Rotary Club Shoebox appeal.  Mr Scam from the Rotary Club came and talked to the children about why the ran a shoebox appeal.  The School councillors then showed some of the items they had put in their shoeboxes.  Letters to follow in book bags tomorrow.  The closing date for shoeboxes is FRIDAY 3rd NOVEMBER.


Today, Monday 9th October we celebrated our Harvest Festival in Church. School Council organised a food collection for the Gillingham food bank. Thank you all so much for all your generous donations.


After sending out a questionnaire to gather the thoughts and ideas of all the children, School council have been busy collating all of these ideas and thoughts into a School Prayer.  They have now written the prayer and are in the process of creating a display in order to serve as a reminder to us, with the much appreciated help of Mr & Mrs Baddeley. School Council will then be able to teach the school and it will form part of our regular worship. More details to follow.... 


We raised £134.50 - thank you.


Thank you for your book donations - 198 books were gratefully received by Oxfam.


A big thank you to everyone, we managed to raise £122.00 and we all enjoyed wearing our festive jumpers too!.


Thank you to everyone who helped us raise a fantastic £135.00 for Children in Need.



Today in assembly School Council launched our Christmas shoe box appeal.  This year they decided to support the Rotary club appeal, who send shoe boxes to disadvantaged children in Albania, Montenegro, Moldova and Romania.  The children explained why when we have so much to be thankful for that we need to think about others too.  We really hope you can help us send as many shoe boxes as possible this year.

We managed to send 39 shoe boxes to help give children who are not as lucky as us a happier Christmas.

Christmas Shoe box appeal assembly


This morning, Tuesday 4th October, we celebrated our Harvest Festival in Church and following School Councils' letter asking for food donations for Gillingham foodbank we received  generous contributions.  Many thanks for all your support.  School Council eagerly received donations and created a wonderful display in church.  Following the Service they then boxed up all the food ready for collection by the Foodbank.

Update:  Your kind food donations raised enough food to feed a family of 4 for nearly a month.  Thank you.



The new school council have now been elected following applying and being voted on to school council by their peers.  They are joined this year by some of last years school council who remain part of our Rights Respecting Steering Committee - thank you Mia, Josh, Sam and MIlo.  Together they are already busy organising fundraising events for the coming year, giving tours of the school to parents and governors from the steering committee, along with representing the views and ideas of their classes. We are looking forward to another year filled with pupil led activities.


Today, Saturday 28th May, we came into school to make the school mosaic and what a brilliant time we had.  A big thank you to school council and the adults too who helped.  School Council, you should all be very proud of yourselves. You worked very hard, cooperated excellently and are a credit to yourselves and the school.

The finished mosaic


On Friday 4th March, School Council prepared and introduced the Playground Charter to the whole school community in assembly.  They took all the children's views from our pupil voice afternoon and used this to create our rights and responsibilities for playtime.

Our playground charter is now complete and replaces the temporary one.  It was designed by School Council  and we can refer to it at playtime to remind ourselves of our responsibilities so that everyone's rights can be met.

Our Playground Charter

World Book Day and Oxfam Fundraising


Lunchtime Charter Assembly