MP visits Coopers Lane
Today, some members of the school Green Team, School Council and Rights Respecting Rangers met with Janet Daby, MP for Lewisham East. The children gave Ms Daby a tour of the school and then had a chance to interview her and ask some burning questions:
Rangers – Daisy, Drew, Jayden
What are you doing to make sure that every child has a voice?
Janet said that she goes around all the schools in Lewisham meeting and speaking with all of the school councils who represent all the children in the school. She also works closely with The Young Mayor of Lewisham and teenage ambassadors.
Which do you focus on most? The environment? Air pollution? Recycling? Climate change?
Janet said that climate change and the environment was her focus. She believes that making a change in the environment starts at home. We should all do all that we can at home to reduce, recycle and be energy efficient. She also believes that car companies should make more electric cars so that they become cheaper.
School Council – Kayshia, Pascale, Amy
What do you do to help every child?
Janet believes in equality for all and making sure that all children get the best possible education. She campaigns for more funding for education so that the schools don’t need to make cuts.
What does your job involve?
Janet said that her job was very similar to that of the School Council, Rangers and Green Team! She listens to people concerns and worries and helps them out as much as she can. She also asks the government questions about what they are doing and puts bills through the houses of parliament to try to make positive change.
Green Team – Yasin, Paris, Timi, Cavira
How could we set up a community garden in our local area?
Janet suggested that we ask the Ringway Centre if they have any space we could use. They might even be able to put some raised beds in. Janet also said maybe in the Library Gardens and that we could write to her for her help.
Do you think you could put Brexit on hold and do more about climate change?
She said that we have been focussing on leaving the EU for over three years now and that has distracted us from the other issues closer to home. She believes that we should have another people’s vote and then get it over with! Then we could focus on climate change, housing, education, jobs and the NHS.
Important Dates 2019/20
The following dates are for most of the key events that we have planned this year. However, there will be class trips and other events added throughout the year.
School Highlights Video 2018/19
Take at look back at some of the highlights from last year by watching our school highlights video. What a fantastic year!
We have updated our curriculum for September 2019. You can read all about it by visiting the curriculum pages of the website. Our curriculum centres around developing ‘The Coopers Lane Learner’ which is linked to our school values and can be download here.
Young Carers Award
Coopers Lane wins award for young carer support
Hundreds of schools across England participate in the Young Carers in Schools Programme to improve their support systems, ensuring that no child need miss out on educational opportunities because they are a carer. The programme celebrates good practice through the Young Carers in Schools Award.
The young carers team at Coopers Lane School are happy to announce that they have received the Bronze level, Young Carers In Schools Award. Not only do they provide information about how to identify young carers, which is available on noticeboards and the school webpage, the young carers team have also demonstrated that they support young carers in many other ways. This includes helping with homework and providing a drop in session, which allows children to have a safe space to talk and for them to get individualised support.
Congratulating award winning schools, Giles Meyer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust says, “The Young Carers in Schools programme is helping to transform schools and support staff across England.”
Schools play a vital role in a young carer’s life, as many care for relatives without their teachers even knowing what they do.
On average young carers will miss a day of school each month as a result of their caring role, so the steps schools take to identify and support them can have a huge impact on their learning, wellbeing and life chances.
Research carried out by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society shows that, young carers miss or cut short 48 school days a year and often have lower levels of self-confidence, mental wellbeing and significantly lower educational attainment, especially when going on to GCSE level, because of their caring role.
The 2011 Census statistics revealed that there are just over 166,000 young carers in England, but research reveals that this is just the tip of the iceberg. The true figure could be closer to 700,000 young carers in England, equivalent to one in 12 school children, many of whom are unrecognised and unsupported.
“At Coopers Lane School it has taken a little while to identify and establish a young carers group, however, we hope to continue to provide the encouragement and support needed to enable every young carer in our school the time and space to flourish.” Paul, Operational School Lead
Two examples of what our young carers have said, when caring for a parent or sibling;
“I like helping out at home because I like making my parents proud”
“I don’t like being asked to do things, all the time, but I like being kind, helping my family and being responsible.”
Young carers are responsible for emotional, practical or physical care for a parent, sibling or other family member who has a physical disability, mental health issue or substance misuse issue.
Congratulations to the Coopers Lane Young Carers Team for achieving this award.
You can find out more information about our Young Carers Group here.
Summer Fayre 2019
Wow, what an amazing summer fair it was again this year! Despite a bit of rain, hundreds of people enjoyed an afternoon of fun filled activities and performances. A huge thank you to the PTA for organising such a fantastic event and to all who attended and helped to raise over £4000. What a terrific result!
New School Roof
Upcoming Building Work
Over the next few months, we will be having the entire roof of the Key Stage 2 building replaced. Due to the size of the project, the work cannot be completed during the school holidays, so some of the work will be done during the summer term.
Scaffolding has been erected during the half term break and the work is due to start right away. While we are still in school for the summer term, the contractors will only be working on the flat roof areas. The main pitched roof will not be started until we break up for the summer holidays.
PTA Summer Fayre
We have already received lots of very exciting raffle prizes, so watch this space for the tickets to go on sale.
If you are able to help run a stall at the fayre or know of a local business that would like to support us, please email email@example.com, with your name, contact number and email address.
Safer Internet Day 2019
This year’s theme for Safer Internet Day is ‘understanding consent in a digital world’. Across the school we have been talking about how consent and permission work in an online context and how our choices can make a positive change online.
Please click here to see a copy of Child safety on TikTok: parent factsheet with some useful information and things to look out for if your child is using TikTok (formerly known as Music.ly.)
Children in Need
The children had a fantastic time, dancing away at our Dotty Disco and wearing their spots for Children in Need. We would like to thank you all, for the amazing fundraising you have done; we have raised £455. Well done!
This week we have been thinking about the significance of Remembrance and talking about the 100 year anniversary since the end of World War 1. Part of our learning involved all of the children making a poppy to display on the school fence with a message of peace. You can watch a video of this below.
Growth Mindset Workshop
We Scare Hunger
Today was an amazing day at school and everyone looked fantastic in their ‘We Scare Hunger’ costumes. Thank you for all your artistic efforts and most importantly for your generous donations that will help many people in need this Winter.