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Volunteer Groups

What are we doing this year (2023-2024)? 

At Stepney Park, children have a range of opportunities to volunteer, including in a number of volunteer groups. These aim to foster a strong sense of community across our school.

This is what we are planning to achieve this year:

School Council:

  • Gathering children's ideas about how we can continue to improve our school.
  • Giving the children a 'voice' where their ideas and suggestions are listened to and discussed.

Ecology Ambassadors:

  • During the autumn, the planters will need weeding and cleaning.
  • In the spring, plants will be ordered and planted. 

Community Ambassadors:

  • Finishing the painting of the planters in the Quiet Area. 
  • Beginning a new project to knit scarfs for the elderly. 

Playground Captains:

  • Continue to setup and resource the quiet areas.
  • Talk to children about how we can improve the quiet areas. 
  • Monitor the friendship bench. 
What did we achieve last year (2022-2023)?

Last year, our Volunteer Groups met regularly to discuss, action and review various aspects of our school. The different groups included children from year 1 to year 6. Some of the actions from last year include: 

School Council

  • Organising non-uniform days, in order to raise money for charity. The School Council advertised the event and collected the money. 
  • The children reported that more playground equipment was being asked for. They audited the current provision then allocated a budget to choose equipment from. 
  • Created 'Dinner Winners' to further promote the Learning Behaviours at lunchtime. 

Ecology Ambassadors

  • In the autumn, planters were identified and weeded. 
  • Over winter, the ambassadors planned different areas to be planted following different themes. 
  • In the spring, plants were ordered and planted. 

Playground Captains

  • The ambassadors set up and resourced the quiet areas in the north and south playgrounds. 
  • They also monitored the friendship benches.

Community Ambassadors

  • The children identified that the planters could be aesthetically improved. 
  • Then each planter was sanded, primed and painted the school colours in a geometric pattern. 

School Journalists

  • Each week, stories were collected from across the school (e.g. about events, trips, activities and announcements).
  • Articles were written in collaboration.
  • Each term the Stepney Voice (digital newspaper) was published.