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The Eco Team meet regularly to discuss how we can make The Cottesloe School greener and more environmentally friendly and are working towards the school achieving 'Eco School' status. The team have worked with our catering company to remove polystyrene packaging in the canteen, and reduce the amount of packaging used. This has included replacing all the plastic cutlery in the canteen with recyclable wooden knives and forks. The group have also persuaded the school to add more water points around the site so that drinking water is easily available and bottles can be reused. The school is trying to reduce the amount of paper used and is using eco-friendly paper, in addition to recycling used pens, and collecting crisp packets to be recycled.
Duke of Edinburgh Awards DofE
Is offered to students in Year 9 and taken up by approximately 40% of the year group. We launch the award in the Autumn Term with an assembly to the whole cohort and an information evening for parents. Participants generally start their activities in January which provides enough time for the award to completed by the end of the academic year.
The Award consists of 4 sections; Physical, Skill, Volunteering and Expedition, with students taking responsibility for identifying opportunities to complete these. The DofE team will support participants by highlighting opportunities in the local area and within school.
Students will choose how to structure their award. From the Physical, Skill and Volunteering sections one must last for six months, the other two for three months each. Students that successfully complete the award make pre-existing enrichment activities fit their award structure.
Anti Bullying Ambassadors
The Anti-Bullying Ambassador team has 10 student representatives. Together we work to raise awareness and to stop the issue of bullying around The Cottesloe School. Our aim is to make sure that all pupils feel safe and happy all the time.
We made a pledge board with upstander pledges written by students explaining what they would do if they saw someone being bullied. We also had a school assembly on the topic of bullying conducted by Mrs Catling and Mrs Moore who is the head of the Anti-Bullying Ambassador (ABA) team. This was followed by a PSHE lesson explaining and discussing what bullying is and how to deal with it. We felt that students needed to know that bullying is an unkind behavior that is repeated. There is now an anti-bullying box in the library for students to put notes in if they are being bullied or they know someone who is. This box will help the students feel more confident about explaining what’s happening. They can also use the Share It button on the school website.
The Anti-Bullying Ambassador team have worked hard to raise awareness about the problem of bullying and to explain to students what bullying really is.
Ella, Year 7 ABA
Student Wellbeing Ambassadors
In October 2019 we began a new support programme, in conjunction with Mind UK, that involves 19 students from Years 12 and 13. Mind UK came to The Cottesloe School and delivered a full day of training to our student volunteers in order to initiate Mind UK’s ‘Peer to Peer’ Mentor scheme within school.
The Mind UK initiative, along with our newly refurbished student support centre, TEAM Hub, adds an extra layer of support to our students. Students now have the opportunity to speak to our Sixth Form ‘Wellbeing Ambassadors’ in addition to staff at school.
Mind UK introduced this programme as it has been proven that some students feel more comfortable discussing concerns and problems with someone nearer their own age.
The Wellbeing Ambasadors will be accessible to students in TEAM Hub on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtime, where a drop in service is available.
For some students, 1:1 sessions may be more suitable. This will be managed by Mrs Brimmell, in consultation with the Head of Years.
The SLT meet regularly with groups of students from across the school to ask them about key topics. The groups vary to ensure we hear from a wide range of students throughout the year. The topics for the next student voice group are generated by the previous group who we ask for topics they want us to address.
Following a recent meeting between school leaders and the students, we have compiled the following Q&A: