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Welcome to/Croeso i Mountain Lane's School Council:

'Owl Parliament'

 

At Mountain Lane we are extremely proud to have our pupils' views represented in Class and School Council meetings.

What is a School Council?

School Council is a group of children, who are elected by their class peers to represent the views of all pupils and to help improve our school.

As a council we aim to meet at least once a half term with each meeting being held by our Chair person and Vice Chair, minutes are taken for each meeting and typed up by our Secretaries. They can be accessed by all pupils and staff at anytime. All roles within the council are voted by it's members.

In 2018 pupils within Mountain Lane voted to select a name for the School Council at Mountain Lane, and so the 'Owl Parliament' was born.

What does the School Council do?

In the Autumn Term, each class across the school from Year 2-6, elect their School Council member to represent their views at Owl Parliament meetings.

At the meetings, Owl Parliament members get the opportunity to lead meetings driven by questions from their peers, who have posted suggestions/queries/concerns in their class 'Owl Parliament Post Box'. Each meeting, class post boxes are brought and the contents discussed; decisions are then made as to what needs to be addressed and actioned in order for Owl Parliament to best support our peers at Mountain Lane. 

This enables our children to assimilate and use problem solving skills to ensure pupils across the school have pupil voice as well as have direct impact on their own school life.

 

2023/24 Owl Parliament

We would like to introduce the following pupils to the 2023/24 Owl Parliament:

Year 2: Charlotte & Elian

Year 3: Ivy & Heidi

Year 4: Isabelle & Grace

Year 5: Isabelle (Secretary) & Ella (Secretary)

Year 6: Hallie & Stephen

Year 6: Jonah (Chair) and Isla (Vice Chair)

Link Teacher: Miss Braid 

 

Celebrating Success...Previous Owl Parliament's Focus Projects

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2022/23 Owl Parliament

 We are back after a couple of years of being unable to mix and meet due to the restrictions brought by the pandemic. 

 

We would like to introduce the following pupils to the 2023/24 Owl Parliament:

Year 2: Ivy & Edith

Year 3: Amelia & Lewis

Year 4: Isabelle & Grace

Year 5: Isabelle & Ella

Year 6: Simra (Secretary) & Leon (Secretary)

Year 6: Annabel & Ffion (Chair)

Link Teacher: Miss Braid  

 

For this year's project we have been invited to use our pupil voice to evaluate our whole school 'Sanctions' and 'Rewards System' i.e. our 'Behaviour Ladder' and 'Tocyn Enfys' to ensure our systems are in line with our whole school Shirely Clarke project and make sure they are working for our peers in Mountain Lane.

 

2017/2018 

 

The School Council had a busy over the course of 2017/18 leading the way on 'Pupil Voice' initiatives that had a big impact on our school. Here are some of our successful ventures:

  • Hand washing project - The School Council lead and judged a whole school hand washing poster competition; the winning posters are now up on the walls in all the bathrooms in school reminding us of the importance of hand washing.  
  • Playground games - Owl Parliament selected Welsh playground games to teach to our Foundation Phase children - it was a great success and we have had lots of fun playing these new games.  
  • School Dinner Theme Days - All Owl Parliament members assisted our School Cook by being involved in getting their class to vote on different theme day ideas. These have proved to be very popular school dinner days throughout the year!     

Our first initiative of 2018 involved Mountain Lane being part of an exciting new community school council in the Buckley and Mynydd Isa Consortium. This community school council was given a very important title - 'The Successful Futures Cluster Group'. Every school in the consortium nominated two pupil delegates to be part of this group. The pupils at Mountain Lane who were given this important role were Erin and Alfie.

The first community group project was to identify a negative issue in the community of Buckley and Mynydd Isa. Our Owl Parliament members were given the task of teaching a lesson to their class in order to identify ideas for community problems. All the lessons ended with a class vote.

Owl Parliament members then brought their results back to the meeting where we did a tally of the results.

Here are some photographs of our collaborative work:

Owl Parliament 2018/19 Peaceful Playground Project

 

The Owl Parliament asked their classes which areas of the school life they are most pleased with and those of which they would like to improve. 

Our results showed that pupils felt lunch time play was a little difficult with little equipment and football games causing some issues. 

 

We met as a committee and agreed that lunch time play would be our focus project this year- aiming to encourage a happy and peaceful playtime- and so came 'The Peaceful Playground Project'.

 

We have worked together with 'Friends of Mountain Lane' to raise money for new equipment and games for our yard. We also came up with the idea of sectioning off an area of the yard using 'Smoogas', specifically for football with the hope the ball would no longer interfere with other people's games etc.

 

Take a look at some of the photographs showing some of the hard work to help make our Peaceful Playground Project a success: