The School Pet


It all started back in 2017 when the last school council group visited London...

They went to see what happened in the Houses of Parliament and how a Bill worked. On their return the school council got to tell the whole school about their trip. The School Council and Mrs Rigby decided they wanted a Bill creating in school. Everyone in school had the chance to put an idea forward. We had ideas such as school pet, shaded area, basketball nets and even a tuck shop. The School Council then had to decide on two ideas and then write up their own Bill. The two final options were new patterned bins or a school pet. Mrs Rigby took the Bills to her senior leadership team and they decided on A SCHOOL PET. Everyone was so excited!

Just before Christmas, Mrs Guest got the ball rolling and sorted out our brand new school pet – a bearded dragon. A few children were chosen to go the pet shop and collect him. There were so many ideas about his name, the school council had to jump into action and organise it. The school council decided to let children vote on a name, the one with the most votes will be the winner.

The following names could have been voted for: Leo, Ralph, Larry, Gandalf, Thunder and Rocky. Children had to pay 20p per vote and had over one week to vote.

During the Christmas Disco the votes were counted, with the majority votes the winner is Gandalf!

Gandalf has settled into his new home really well and loves being taken care of by Mrs Guest and children at lunchtimes. He eats crickets and sometimes enjoys a bit of lettuce. If you ever visit our school, please make sure you go and say hello to him.

The best part about Gandalf is the money he has helped to raise for Dementia UK. The School Council chose this charity to support all year and so far we have raised £308.54

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The National Justice Museum


On Wednesday 22nd November the School Council, along with Miss Franks, Miss Vella, Miss Weir and Mr Mitchell, went to the National Justice Museum in Nottingham. The trip was about teamwork and understanding more about the justice system.

First, we visited the old-fashioned prisons! They were so dark and gloomy. While we were down in the prisons, we met a woman who had been locked in the prison for 10 years. She told her story of how she was a little bit crazy and had killed her baby. She showed us around the prison, looking at the different areas such as the laundry room, exercise yard and the bedroom. The bed didn’t look very comfy – it was made of wood and there wasn’t even a mattress.

After the prison we got to see the oubliette (this is a French word for ‘Forgot’). This was a place where people were left and forgotten about. Criminals were left in a very dark room with no food or water – they ended up dying from starvation.

Soon it was lunch time, all Miss Vella had spoken about was the smell of delicious chips cooking. Much to her disappointment, the café didn’t even sell chips! All the teachers had a cup of tea with their lunch. We had a lovely relaxing lunch and spoke about all the creepy things we’d seen during the morning.

Next it was time for the BIG event! The courtroom! We all had a part to play and we’d been practising our lines. We were all very excited! Eve was the Judge, Lily the Foreperson for the Jury, Amelia a witness, Josh a witness. The lady who worked at the Justice Museum gave us props to wear so we all looked the part, it was so much fun! We began the trial and everyone knew their lines and were amazing! The teachers were so impressed! After all the evidence had been given, the Jury had to leave the room to decide if the defendant was guilty or not guilty. Everyone came back into the room. Drum roll please….the defendant was found GUILTY! The court fell silent as the Judge read out the punishment.

We all had such a fun day and learnt lots. Miss Franks had a lovely surprise for us all on the coach – a red pencil from the National Justice Museum. We got back to school and to our delight our new school pet had arrived!!! More news to follow.

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