Pyjama Day by Isolde

Last year our school started to help a charity called the 999 Club.To help the 999 Club we came up with a few fundraising ideas and one idea was Pyjama Day.

Pyjama Day is when everyone comes in to school in their pyjamas. Our fundraising idea is that you will need to bring in 50p so you can wear your pyjamas on Thursday 7th January.

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I think Pyjama Day is fun because all pyjamas are different and everyone will look funny wearing pyjamas at school instead of normal clothes. Also maybe wearing pyjamas instead of normal clothes might help people to understand a bit what it is like not to be able to wear cool and fancy clothes all the time.

Our Visit To The Mayor

by Tiernan

On Friday last week, five School Councillors: Tiernan, Flavie, Isolde, Olivia and Adeolu were invited to see the Mayor of Lewisham. We travelled to the Civic Suite, which is also the place where the Mayor works. When the five of us arrived there, we sat down and heard a bunch of other schools who were sitting down on the Lewisham throne thing that looked incredible next to it were the Deptford mace and the Lewisham mace but the biggest and most expensive one was the modern joined London borough of Lewisham mace although they all looked really cool.

In the next few minutes we were invited into a big conference room that had microphones and everything in it was really cool. The five of us were called up to the stand and had to say what we would do if we were the Young Mayor. The most talked about issue was that children would try to make all the taxes lower, double salaries and the halved the prices of homes.


I spoke about what could be improved in Lewisham, which included: better roads, social housing and repairs and the need to give parents real choice over their secondary school preference.

After that, the Mayoress brought us into a room which had snacks, tea and drinks! The biscuits were delicious and I was quite happy so we asked the Mayoress some questions about the Mayor and she answered them all without hesitation. So we were given a warm goodbye with a hug and a picture plus a certificate, and that is all that happened. It was a very interesting and exciting visit and I just have to thank Miss Izibili for taking us!



SOX Appeal

Friday 12th  June 2015

Last week, the School Council introduced Peter Wood, the Chief Executive of the 999 Club, to the whole school   community in assembly.  He described the impact of the children’s fundraising efforts, which resulted in so many of the users of the 999 Club’s Winter Shelter having a clean, warm sleeping bag for the night.  He also took the opportunity to launch the following appeal: WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH OUR SOX APPEAL

Over 6,500 people sleep out on the streets every year in London alone. From all walks of life, for all sorts of reasons. Every offer of help can make a difference.

Those of us living in our own homes take for granted our access to clean, comfortable feet. We like to keep them dry and warm. Every day we put on clean socks and set off on our daily journeys. Perhaps we do not stop to think how lucky we are as we pull on our matching socks…In fact if our socks do not match we cast aside the ‘odd’ ones; they do not fit in, they do not look right on their own. So we hide them in bags and boxes and cupboards and we hope that one day their twin will appear and make them whole again. Then we can wear them once again with pride!


During this time we go out and buy more matching socks to wear whilst the waiting game for the matching pair is played out slowly. Often the pairs are never reunited and the odd socks are deemed unfit for our feet. In homes all over the country the piles of odd socks mount up…


We have realised that in London alone there are 13,000 feet that probably do not mind if the clean, dry socks are not quite the same colour or matching pattern!

This is the reason that we have launched our SOX APPEAL. We want to reunite your odd socks with feet who need them.  The aim is to collect 13,000 odd socks to represent the feet that need them and we can’t do this without your help.

What you can do today – please dig out your spares (and pairs) and place them in the giant pink sock by the registers.  We will pass them on to the 999 Club where each sock will be put to good use. We are looking for adult sizes in all styles and any colour but they need to be clean and hole free.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Christine Carnell, a teaching assistant from Holbeach for making this humongous sock to place your donations in.


You can find the Sox Appeal display by the registers with the other School Council displays.

School Council Assembly

Tuesday 2nd June

Today the School Councillors lead an assembly they had prepared, showcasing their memorable experiences and work on behalf of the school community this year.


They reminded everyone of the fundraising initiatives that everyone participated in, raising money for sleeping bags from the 999 Club.  Peter Wood, the Chief Executive of the 999 Club, returned to school to share the impact of our efforts.

P1010110He brought a sleeping bag with him to illustrate the importance of providing something clean and warm for people at their Night Shelter to sleep in.  He described how much he had enjoyed working with the councillors earlier in the year and would like to continue working in partnership with us.


The councillors shared the signed David Walliams’ books, CDs and audiobooks, which will be sold at the Summer Fair on the 27th June to raise money for the 999 Club.


The children also explained how the School Council had been instrumental in ensuring the standard of lunches has improved significantly and took the opportunity to thank Chris, our new school cook.


He talked about how the school cooks have been working hard to cook meals made from fresh, healthy ingredients that children love to eat.  He explained that he really welcomes feedback from the children on a day to day basis, whether it’s a simple thank you or a suggestion about how the food might be even better.


Gia and Bea concluded the assembly by talking about the skills they have developed by leading the School Council this year.


WE Day

Thursday 5th March 2015

Year 4 & 5 School Councillors with Mr Barrett and Mr Ephson

Today is We Day, a huge celebration of the young volunteers (that’s us) who have taken part in a year of local and global action to help other people. 

We met at school at 6:45 am, before making our way to Wembley Stadium by coach.

As we emerged from the coach at 8am, we were greeted by hordes of excited young people from all over the country, all queuing eagerly to see and hear the activists, actors and performers who would take the stage throughout the day. There was a tangible buzz in the air and we couldn’t wait for it to start. Then we did wait. Until 9:45 am, when it was time for the countdown.  “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 11,” shouted by 12,000-strong sea of students. Then grand opening…. Boris Johnson!  He kicked off the day with some energetic words of congratulations and encouragement.

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The day was split into 4 ‘periods’, all teaching us about different aspects of EMPOWERMENT: economic, technological, social and educational. All the way through, we were inspired by the stories of people who had struggled to achieve success in life, people who have built charities to effect social change and young visionaries who had dared to chase a dream to its fulfillment.  Every one of them was cheered on by the incredibly noisy crowd.


Aside from all we learned, we were treated to amazing performances by Sean Mendez,  Bars and Melody, Connor Maynard, Mr Probz to name a few.

Last of all, and most importantly, we all made a pledge today. It was a pledge to put our energy into WE, not ME.


WE can affect poverty, inequality, injustice and make the world a better place.

Who is going to be the change?



Creating an Exciting New Menu at Edmund Waller

Thursday 26th February

Full School Council Meeting

During the last school council meeting, councillors shared the feed back from their classes, about what they like about school dinners and what could be improved

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CakesSalad bar – esp the cucumber and tomatoesThere are two choices – main and vegetarian

It is healthy

There is variety


Sometimes the servers don’t listen to our choicesThe burger meat is dry – could we have ketchup, please?In KS1 there is food on the floor between sittings.  We think the children should pick up any dropped food, like they do in KS2

There is not always a vegetarian option at the end of service

It can be noisy

We would like a better variety of veg (sweetcorn and peas feature a lot)

The custard is too hot and watery


Today, Angela the Operations Manager at Chartwells visited the School Council to talk about school meals at Edmund Waller.

The councillors started by telling her their ideal school meals.  She noticed that very few of the children mentioned vegetables and explained that companies who provide school meals have to follow the government Food Standards.

They also need to bear in mind some other factors, such as the equipment available in the kitchen and what children like to eat.  The councillors used this information to redesign their ideal school meals.

We will be talking with the Chartwell development chef and Angela will return in the Summer term to give the school councillors a tour of the school kitchen.

Recognition from the House of Commons

February 2015

The School Council entered the Speaker’s School Council Awards, which is organised by the Rt. Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons. They described the important work they have been doing in partnership with the 999 Club to raise awareness of homelessness.  The judges were incredibly impressed by the commitment and passion with which all the school councillor entrants dedicated themselves to their amazing projects. To celebrate the achievements of our school councillors, we have been awarded a digital badge, which we will display on our school website.  The School Council will also be receiving a certificate of recognition in the post, which will be framed and displayed in school.We made a difference badge 2015

Raising Funds for the Homeless – January Update

In the autumn term, the Yr 6 members of the School Council met with Mayor of Lewisham: Sir Steve Bullock and the members of the Young Mayor’s Team to find out about the work they do.  The children were particularly inspired by the way the Young Mayor of Lewisham works with a team to improve aspects of the local community.  This year the School Council voted to raise awareness about homelessness in the school and local community and to raise some money to help homeless people.  The initial fundraising was to buy sleeping bags for the 999 Club’s Winter Shelter.

In Yr 2 – 6 classes School Councillors lead meetings where children discussed: why some people do not have a home; what they thought people should know about homeless people; how they could raise money to help homeless people.  They also talked about their existing impression of the homeless: their age, appearance, thoughts, feelings, personalities etc.

Councillors shared these impressions with Peter Wood, the director of the 999 Club, a local charity that Helps People to Help Themselves, when he visited them in November.  He helped the School Council to plan an assembly to launch the fundraising campaign, where they shared their new understanding of the socio-economic and emotional reasons for people becoming homeless, as well as the physical consequences of homelessness.  They thought that it was important that their classmates understood why people become homeless and how every child can contribute in a small way to make a big difference.  They also emphasised the importance of children donating from their own pocket money or money they have earned from jobs etc. rather than just asking parents for the money.

How to Treat Homeless People

The first fundraising initiative was to buy sleeping bags, so each guest has a warm, clean bed for the night.  The School Councillors organised the following fundraising activities:

Autumn: A Pyjama Day on the last day of term, where children donated some of their pocket money to come to school in their PJs.


Autumn: Guess the Number of Sweets in a Jar for a 50p donation.

Counting the Sweets in a Jar before revealing the winner

Spring: Pre-Loved Bring and Buy Sale.

Hi Edmund Waller!  This is Abdul & Nia and we represent 4W and 4A on the School Council.  On Friday 16th January 2015, our School Council will be holding the Bring & Buy sale in Cooke Hall at 3.30pm. You could bring anything of interest to you that YOU think somebody will like to buy.  We thought of things like toys, books, DVDs etc.  We would not like anything that is broken or damaged.  We are raising money for sleeping bags for homeless people, because it is very cold and wet. So please have a good search around your home.  We would also love donations of cakes and sweets but if you bring in food bring it on Thursday 15th January please.  Please could you bring any donations to the school office.

Spring: The Council will decide how to maximise on the donations from HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Summer: They will also consider how to raise awareness of homelessness in the local community during the Spring and Summer months (when the voice of homeless charities are traditionally quieter) in partnership with the 999 Club.

At the end of the Autumn term, the Winner of the Guess the Sweets in a Jar competition was announced and we celebrated Pyjama Day with a Whole School Assembly.  Children watched a video to remind them of the valuable work the 999 Club does to help the homeless.

The current fundraising total is: £403.50 – children were proud that this money came from their own pocket money etc. rather than asking their parents to put their hands in their pockets.

The children wrote thank you letters acknowledging the generosity of Peter Woods from the 999 Club, who has given his time an expertise and  HarperCollins, who publish David Walliam’s ‘Mr Stink’ and have donated a large number of books, audiobooks and DVDs to help fundraising.

Councillors have also created a learning display in the school entrance, where they share the aims of their project, chart our fundraising progress on a Blue Peter style ‘thermometer’ they designed themselves and record the nightly temperature in Lewisham – which helps put our fundraising for sleeping bags into context.

School Council Learning Wall

Visiting the Mayor of Lewisham

Friday 10th October

Year 6 School Councillors 

Last Friday, the Year 6 School Council representatives joined representatives from four other Lewisham primary schools for an audience with the Lewisham Mayor, Steve Bullock.  Every child had the opportunity to ask a question.


The children also had the opportunity to hear from one of Lewisham’s Young Mayoral candidates. She spoke about her involvement in local politics.  She was so impressed by the Council’s ambitions to have a wider impact on the local community that she invited us to attend their next meeting!

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The eldest School Councillors went to visit the Mayor of Lewisham.  We had a meeting in his room.  Gia, Luke, Chae and I asked him a question about his job.  My question was, “Have you ever made the wrong decision on a matter?”

His response was, “In my first days I made a lot but as I got better at being the mayor no wrong decisions were made.”’

Beatrice Dadswell



Young Mayor’s Visit – Liam Islam

Liam Islam

How do you speak to people when you are feeling nervous?

In my school, we are encouraged to use our fear for a positive reason and make the most of it. You feel fear for a reason, because you want something important to go well. I do get nervous but I focus on the important things I’m doing for others. If I bail out, the young people who are expecting me to speak out for them will not have their opinions heard.

Why is it called the Young Mayor, when you are not the Mayor’s son?

It’s not like the Royal family, it’s more political. Lewisham Council wanted to hear young people’s views. So they decided to start up a Young Mayor’s Scheme. Adults do not necessarily understand what school is like today, so it is important that young people can share their opinions with the people who make important decisions about their lives.

I do the Mayor’s job but for young people.

Have you ever thought about something you would like to change?

We have to – that’s the job! The Young Mayor is responsible for a £30,000 budget. We listen to Young People all over the borough (it’s called a consultation), which is an important skill for school Councillors, too. We are looking to showcase what the talented young people in Lewisham can do, so we are organising a show at The Albany Theatre.

How does your school help you develop the skills that are important as Young Mayor?

At Deptford Green, we move up to the next year in the summer term, so we can really focus on our learning. One of our themes is: Keep calm, be organised and get involved. The citizenship teacher encourages us to speak out in the playground using a loudspeaker, which is a valuable experience. It is important that you do things that you enjoy.

How do you get messages out the community?

Social media – when you are older




Online page

Let parents know, let your friends know

Speak clearly

Speak directly to people

Stickers – address labels

Campaign slogan


Is there a Young Mayor of London?

No. There are only a handful of Young Mayors around the country and when there are national events, I represent the young people of Lewisham.

Would you ever consider being in politics when you are older?

Maybe, I do enjoy helping people. I’m 15 now and I may become a councillor but I would advise you to have an aspiration but also flexible. I like English and science but History is my back up plan. Keep your options open, work hard and you will go far.