School Council

School Council 2017 - 2018

Our School Council represents the views of all our pupils. It gives children the opportunity to make their voices heard and feel part of the whole school community. We are committed in creating positive change within our school and making Chase Lane even better than it already is!

Houses of Parliament - 20th June


With an early start of 6:30am, the School Councillors came into school extremely excited for this trip and it did not disappoint. 

The education centre welcomed us with our own personal visitor badges (and full body scanners) to then be guided to watch a fantastic 360 degree animation of the history of Parliament. 

Our tour guide, Matthew, was filled with some insightful information and he really challenged the children with his political questioning - to which all of the children could answer collectively. 

We saw many rooms in the Houses of Parliament (many coated in gold) as well as learning about its history. 

We visited the House of Lords but unfortunately could not visit the House of Commons as it was being prepared for a debate.

We were extremely lucky enough to see the House of Commons speaker, John Bercow and his parade, march through the central lobby and into the House of Commons.

Lastly, we had the opportunity to meet our local MP, Bernard Jenkin. He was a very interesting man and the children were able to ask a few pre-planned questions about his plans for improvement to Harwich. Like a true politician, he managed to dodge this one.

The School Councillors on this trip truly made this day special. They were all engaged, listened well and were impeccably well behaved. 

Take a look at some of our photos below. Unfortunately, the majority of the Houses of Parliament is a 'no photography' zone.



Our Progress

3rd May:


School Councillors have compiled a letter to hand out to Key Stage 2 informing them about Walk-in-Wednesdays starting the 23rd of May.



19th April:


School Councillors have designed a poster to be put up around the school for Walk-in-Wednesday.



5th April:


School Councillors have been chosen to visit Old Harwich to meet our Mayor and be part of the annual event of the Mayor Making and kitchel throwing ceremony.



15th March:


School Councillors have begun to create a pupil perception questionnaire to investigate how effective School Council is, if the children of Chase lane feel listened to and if there is anything we could improve.



8th March:


The Houses of Parliament trip has been rescheduled for the 20th of June (yay!).
Texts and letters will be sent out nearer the time.



2nd March:


Unfortunately due to the snowy weather, regretfully the Houses of Parliament trip had to be cancelled. The safety of the children is paramount and we did not feel it was safe to travel on this particular day.

A new date will be booked and trip will be rescheduled. Thank you!



9th February:


Letters have been handed to children for the Houses of Parliament trip on the 2nd of March.

Please have them returned by the end of February. If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to ask either Miss Thurston or Mrs Warner. Thank you!

8th February:


At School Council, we decided to write a letter to ACL to inform them of our trip to London for our Houses of Parliament workshop and tour on Friday 2nd of March.

We have politely asked them for a contribution towards our trip.


"I am very happy about going to the Houses of Parliament because I have never been there before." - Oakley

"I am excited to see the Houses of Parliament." - Jake

"I'm looking forward to seeing the changing of the guards because I've never seen it before." - Freia

"I'm looking forward to going to London because I go there a lot and I would like to see the Houses of Parliament." - Louise

1st February:

Based on the questionnaire conducted last month, School Council ordered some new snacks for our tuck trolley (Cheesy Bites and Garlic Sticks). The councillors re-stocked the trolley this week with lots of new tasty treats!

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11th January 2018:

School council created a tally questionnaire for all classes in KS2. This was to see which snacks are the most popular to buy and the results will affect the stock of the tuck trolley in the near future.


20th December:

The Friendship Bench has been placed on the playground and children have been told how it can help children who may not have anyone to play with.

Our Friendship Bench at Chase Lane Primary

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16th November:

School Councillors designed a poster for ‘Walk-in-Wednesdays’


Week Commencing 13th November:

A letter of confirmation has been received regarding the Houses of Parliament trip on 2nd March 2018.
Letters to be handed out nearer the time.


2nd and 6th November:

School Councillors stayed behind during parents’ evening to help Mrs Perry hand out tasters, which was very successful.

Thank you to Olivia, Lilly and Maisy


Friday 13th October:

School Councillors are starting ‘Clean Up Friday’
(litter picking around the school grounds)


Week commencing 9th October:

School Councillors are in the process of collating their



School Councillors are in the process of ordering a ‘Friendship Bench’ along with a ‘Friendship Stop Sign’



Week commencing 2nd October:

School Councillors completed a survey with 36 Chase Lane pupils on how to improve lunchtimes.


Week commencing 25th September:

School Councillors have begun the sale of ‘Tasty Tuck’ at play times, which has proven very successful and will be
replenished on a weekly basis.


School Council 2015-2016

On Thursday 19th May, the Year 3, 4 and 5 Councillors attended the mayor-making ceremony at St. Nicholas' Church. During the ceremony we sung hymns and said prayers. We ended by singing the National Anthem. We then went down the road to the Guildhall where the Mayor threw kitchels at us, out of the window. We tried to catch as many as we could. One Councillor managed to collect 10 kitchels, while others just got hit in the face by them. It was a great experience.

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On Friday 13th May, Bernard Jenkin visited our school. Bernard was given a tour of the school by Isabella, Maisy and Mr Kempster, who then gave him a brief tour of the school. After the tour, Bernard gave an assembly to the whole school and told us about his job as an MP and about the history of Parliament. We also got to ask him questions.

By Rhianna Paice, Kyle Gooch and Isabella McCreadie.

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On Wednesday the 2nd of March, School Council visited the Houses of Parliament. The trip was amazing and all of the Councillors agreed that they learned something new. We got to see where the Prime Minister David Cameron lives and some of the Councillors were lucky enough to stand on the spot where King Charles I and Guy Fawkes were put on trial. We also all got to watch a real life debate in the House of Commons. We finished with a reenactment of when the Suffragettes chained themselves to the railings in Parliament and learnt how they won the vote for women. 

By Isabella McCreadie and Maisy Brookes - on behalf of the School Council.



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