Following the Beach Management advisory meeting attended earlier in the year by Yr 6 representatives, Mayor of Swanage, Councillor Bonfield and Management Support Officer, Miss Clarke, visited us in school to report on the issues raised.
We were given copies of the minutes of the meeting and supporting documents. It was exciting to see our questions recorded. You can see the minutes of the meeting here.
In addition to the answers given at the original meeting, Cllr Bonfield reported that the locks at Burlington Chine Toilets have been replaced; there are temporarily new ‘big belly bins’ in the square; and that conversations are ongoing about dogs and closing Shore Road. However, the latter is not a Swanage Town Council matter.
The pupils were thanked for the effort they put into preparing ideas and plans for a possible splashpark in the town, although it was explained how this may not fit into council budgets.
Cllr Bonfield closed the meeting with two requests:
- That the pupils help Swanage Town Council to spread the word to not feed seagulls. They will be displaying posters and speaking in assembly about this.
- To design posters that can be displayed in local parks, encouraging owners to pick up after their dogs.
The school council have been working on a new Behaviour Policy. They met for a meeting to decide what should be included, then their ideas were discussed with each class so that every child had a say in the policy. You can see their work in each classroom, as well as around the school.
School Council Meeting
Ideas from the meeting
All classes contributed.
The new policy
Year 6 had an amazing day in London- visiting Parliament, walking around Westminster, enjoying the views across London from the Eye. They even found time for some healthy food 😯. The Queen was in town for the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey, but our schedules did not overlap!
Year 6 were invited to send representatives to attend a Swanage Town Council Beach Management Committee meeting. They were exceptionally fortunate as the meeting took place at the town’s new RNLI Station, which is still being completed and is closed to the public. They were the first school group to have a tour!
The School Council and Green Team members discussed aspects of the town’s tourism industry with their families and peers before each writing two questions to ask at the meeting.
Their questions were:
- Why are there no bins on the beach?
- Could we have a splash park in the town?
- Why is there no green area where we can play sport without dogs mess?
- Why do boats come so close to the shoreline?
- Can you make the locks on the toilet doors easier to use?
- Could you close the seafront all year around?
They brought the committee’s answers back to share with their classmates.
Our friend Bea from CAFOD was in school this morning. In assembly she showed us how CAFOD is working in Zambia, teaching people how to set up fish farms and funding the set-up costs. She also told us about the CAFOD Lent Fast Day, and reminded us of ways we can work, think and be during Lent.
Mrs Meteau’s class have been discussing British Values and making posters of each value to display in their classroom.
Thanks to Bea from CAFOD who visited us again this term. She told us about how special wiggly worms are transforming life for poor farmers in Bolivia.