Bedale Church Of England Primary School

Learning and Caring Together

Firby Road, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2AT

01677 422 401

School Council 2023-24

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Ghandi

What is our School Council?

Each year, two students from each class are elected by their peers to represent their class, to help improve the school and to promote participation in a range of school, community and national events. We actively engage pupils as participants in their education and in making a positive contribution. Our school council is for everybody and we aim to develop and promote pupil voice and service to others.

School Events

This includes fundraising activities including national specific charitable events like children in need, sponsored fundraising events and also respond to children’s requests for how they would like our school to be improved. Last year, our children told us they would like more play equipment for our older children in Key Stage Two and particularly in Years 5 and 6. To help enable this, the children have planned and ran fund-raising events such as toy and book sales, Christmas jumper swaps. This year the school council will be taking suggestions for how to use this money for their playtimes.  

We have been focusing on getting healthy in school alongside working towards our healthy school's award. Part of this has included the start of our Wake-Up Wednesday events. The school council have been instrumental in this event by helping to sell fruit pots!  


Bedale Litter Busters

The School Council contribute towards our community by helping with the Bedale Litter Busters! Once a month people in the community team up to do a 'town tidy' to keep our streets clean.

This week ,the school council have been helping Bedale with their new community garden. In school, we have been planting and growing seedlings to put into the outside planters. We worked alongside Bedale Litter Busters to plant the community garden on a sunny Sunday morning!  



As a big thank you to all the school council children who have worked hard all year, we went on a trip to Harlow Carr for the Healthy Schools celebration event! We had a fun filled day with three different workshops looking at different ways to stay healthy.  




The sun was shining for our latest Bedale Litter Busters morning! There were lots of children this morning volunteering their time to help make our community look clean and tidy. Thanks to everyone who joined us! 



Our fabulous School Council is busy creating posters for their next Film Night!


Children in Need

Each year we raise money in school for Children In Need by dressing up and taking part in lots of fun activities. In November, we all dressed up in either Spots or Yellow. The costumes were fantastic and we are so proud of everyone's efforts; including the children who took on the burpee challenge. We raised a wonderful amount of over £1451.

A huge congratulations and thanks to all of the children who raised money for our Children in Need challenge by completing their BearPees! These children raised over £1000 together and today they received their special Run Pudsey medal from the Children in Need charity! 



School Council Film Night

We had such a cosy Christmas film night across school tonight! We had four different films showing across the school for different year groups. Popcorn and juice were served mid-interval and sweets from the tuck shop were available! Thank you to our school council who organised a wonderful Christmas film night for the whole school.


Heck News 


A big congratulations to our HECK competition winners! HECK were really impressed with the ideas we shared with them, this is what they had to say:
"We have to say some amazing ideas what great imaginations and flavour inventors the school has!"
We had a first prize and a 'highly recommended' for each year group, our winning ideas will be sent to the development team and hopefully there will be some new Bedale Bangers around!
We would just like to say a big thank you to HECK for working alongside us and the amazing prizes for the winners! 
School Council Voting
What an exciting lunchtime! School council have led their first vote for this year. As a school, we had to decide which charity we wanted to raise money for through our school council events this year. As we are part of a democracy, we have practised this in school by voting using our ballot box. Some of the teachers voted too, every vote counts! The school council leaders have been busy counting this afternoon! 
Through our vote, have chosen to support the Make a Wish Foundation. This charity was suggested by one of our Year 6 children.


Last week the School Council were busy again with another vote!  Last year, the School Council raised £300 for new equipment for the KS2   playground. The Year 6 children helped to create some options for KS2 to vote for. The vote was very close and it took a long time to count; the children have chosen target practice sports games and these should be arriving at school shortly for everyone to enjoy!




When I Grow Up

We also look to the future. Our School Council is leading a whole school initiative to help our children to look at different career areas, understand career pathways and recognise their own skills, interests, and career goals.

Each month the school council will lead an assembly with an invited guest who will share information on their career and will answer questions from the children.



October 2023

Beth is a Social Worker and works alongside lots of children and adults to help them. 
We asked Beth lots of questions about her job and she told us how she helps people with their emotions. She shared with us her teddy pug called Paisley who helps her with her job, lots of adults and children can share their worries with Paisley so that Beth can help them. 


January 2023

Doctor Whaley shared details of the life of a GP. The children prepared questions including:

How long did you train for?

What subjects do you need to study?

What is the hardest part of your job?

Who inspired you to become a doctor.

Do you have to work at night?

Doctor Whaley told us that she loves her work, being able to help many different people, and that her proudest moment was safely delivering a baby in a carpark!


February 2023

Mrs. Cathy Mason answered questions about running a business. The questions included:

What are the challenges of being your own boss?

Where do you get new ideas from?

Who inspired you to start a business?

I’ve got a good idea, what do I do with it?

What has been the toughest day?

March 2023

Mrs Main is a manager at Betty’s tea shop in Northallerton. She kindly answered questions from the children about her career in the hospitality industry.

What do you enjoy about working at Betty’s?

How did you train for your career?

What would you change?

How do you manage challenging customers?

Is it hard being on your feet all day?

Would you recommend hospitality?

What are the most enjoyable parts of your job?

Do you love cake?

How could I train for a job as a manager?


April 2023

Doctor Potts is a sports scientist. She has worked with Leeds United Football Club and Leeds Rhinos. She shared details of her exciting job with us.

What do you enjoy about your job?

How did you train for your career?

What sports do you play?

What are the main challenges?

What did you have to study at school/university?

What are the rewards of your job?

Have you ever had a really bad day and wished you had a different job.


May 2023 

Mrs McLintock who is a Crime Scene Investigator. A CSI examines the crime scene, looking for forensic evidence to identify the Offender.  

How long did you train for? 

What subjects do you need to study? 

What is the hardest part of your job? 

Mrs Mclintock showed us lots of the equipment that she used and explained how that helps the police in their investigation!  

June 2023 

Jo Phelps an Associate Director for Jacobs which is in the Highways Structures team from Stockton. 

Jo came in on our STEM day in school. She set us a challenge to build a bridge using an inspiration from bridges she showed us. She explained that a lot of the projects that she has worked on has involved repairing or designing bridges.  


September 2023 

Tony is the owner of The Pancake House in Patley Bridge which is a busy successful local business. Here are some of the questions we asked him.   

Is the food you make homemade or shop bought?  What is your favourite food you make? How long have you had your business? Is it a family business? What is your most popular time during the day? What did you do to get to where you are today? What is the best part about having a pancake shop?  Why did you choose to do your job?  How fun is your job about of 10? What would you change about your job? What's your favourite part about your job?


December 2023

What an exciting visitor we had yesterday for When I Grow Up! 
HECK sausages came to talk to us all about their business and they have set us a competition to create a new product for them. Make sure you check your Google classrooms for details, the best idea from each year group will win a HECK goodie bag! 

February 2024

We had a very interesting visitor for When I Grow Up for February! Bruce is a firefighter for North Yorkshire and he told us all about how important his job is. Bruce loves his job and he loves to help people. He told us about how important it is to help in his community, especially because he went to Bedale Primary School! 

March 2024

This month, we had a visitor who is very active in our community. Matt from Bedale Litter Busters. He spoke to us about why recycling is so important. We looked at how long it takes different materials to biodegrade, with some items taking longer than the children had been alive! The children thought hard about why it is important to contribute to our community and how being more environmentally friendly could help our world. 
April 2024
Last week for our 'When I Grow Up' collective worship, Helen spoke to us about her role as a British Gas Project Engineer and the importance of her job. The children learnt how they are responsible for the service and repair of gas appliances and central heating systems, to keep customers warm and safe and how British Gas aims to reduce emissions by 45% by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050. 
The school councillors asked some wonderful questions to find out more about British Gas jobs and Helen talked about how perseverance is key in achieving your dreams, which is our core value in school. 
Thank you for visiting us Helen.
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