Preparing for the Future
At River Beach we want our children to have happy, safe and fulfilling lives so we need to prepare them for the future and prepare them for life in modern Britain.
This is a thread that runs through everything we do on a day to day basis. It is our job to prepare them academically and socially to be the best people they can be.
We do this from the outset through our work in the curriculum and in the general life of the school and within our local community.
Specific examples of how we do this are detailed below:
Our School Council
Our School Council is made up of representatives from all classes across the school. The School Council meet regularly to discuss issues around the school and make plans for the future. They represent all the pupils in the school so that the children at River Beach genuinely are listened to and do have a voice.
Matthew was the Chair of the School Council last year. During the year Matthew and Arik gave a presentation to the school governors.
Some of the main items decided on by our pupils and the School Council last year were;
- The outdoor gym
- Star points
- Pupils from Phases 2 and 3 choosing where to sit in the dining hall.
- Tablecloths in the dining hall
- Lockers for Year 2
- Design of individual class book corners
- Books for the library
- Beanbags and cushions for the Solar Dome
.. and finally
- River Beach has got Talent
Here are some sample minutes from the School Council
The chairperson also gives a video review that is shown to each class so that everyone knows what has been discussed. An example of one of these videos is shown below:
The School Council also run regular competitions to raise awareness of issues that may be raised during meetings. One recent example is the hand washing poster competition. The winning posters, which are now displayed around school, can be seen here.
Littlehampton Town Council
Working with Littlehampton Town Council
Each year we are invited to the Millennium Chamber to learn about democracy at a local level. The children take on the roles of the Council members and are helped by the Mayor to manage a debate. The Great Chocolate Debate enables children to see how persuasive argument works in the decision making process.
Junior Youth Council meets once a term with other local schools. There is a Chair who is voted in by the Council. They meet to discuss issues common to all our schools and to suggest improvements for the good of all.
One of those meetings takes place at Arun District Council where the Chair of Arun District Council discusses local democracy. The children then visit areas of ADC becoming part of the national initiative, ‘Take over Day’.
Please follow the title link above for more information about our visit to parliament.
2015 Flag project
This year River Beach has represented the locality in the 2015 Flag Project. Run by the Educational Service of the Houses of Parliament. The competition is to design a flag representing the local community. The entry submitted came from a group of children in Swan Class. It shares how weather and the river and sea are main features of our area. The river brings trade from products and tourism on the Arun and links us to other cities and countries.
Please follow the title link above for more information about our Junior Neighbourhood Watch