School Council

Our School Council

Our school council play an important role in our school. Each half term they meet with Miss Benjamins and Mrs Foster to discuss important issues which have been raised by the pupils in our school.

Issues, views and suggestions from every class are gathered and discussed by the school council then taken to these meetings.

We have one rep from each class in years 3 and 4 and two per class in years 5 and 6.

Last year, the school council’s projects included:

  • reducing our school’s plastic waste by switching from plastic sandwich boxes to paper bags for trips
  • helping run our clean air banner competition and idling action play street
  • creating our new Bessemer back-pack
  • delivering an eco-action water saving games workshop to classes across the school
  • suggesting ways we could make our playground more pleasant during the hot summer months

School Council Meeting September 2017

We met our newly elected councillors for the first time.   Our agenda items included

  • Bessemer’s ongoing road safety & clean air project
  • A wild flower project with the Friends of Green Dale
  • How to hold advice surgeries with your classmates so that you can share their views at council meetings
  • Fundraising activities for the NSPCC’s ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe‘ campaign

Our next meeting will be after half-term when Miss Dodd will be taking over from Mrs Foster. Remember to let your reps know what you want discussed before then!

Junior Travel Ambassadors

Four of our school councillors also hold the title of TfL Junior Travel Ambassadors. JTAs are elected in year 5 and hold the post until they leave Bessemer. We have two year 6 and two year 5 JTAs. This year, our year 6 ambassadors are Shiloh Ford and Mark O’Sullivan. Our year 5 ambassadors are Imogen Garner and Oliver Brogan.

Our JTAs have an important job at Bessemer as they are responsible for our active travel initiatives. They have helped us achieve gold TfL sustainable travel school status, something we’re very proud of.

Last year, they delivered an excellent assembly on clean air to the children at DUCKS, one of our Dulwich and Herne Hill Safe Routes to School partner schools. They have hit the ground running this year, having already:

  • Started work on a Bessemer walking map project
  • Visiting London Assembly member Caroline Russell at City Hall to share their road safety concerns
  • Enrolled on the Southwark JTA training day

You can see some photos of what they have been doing over the last few years here.