JCoSS. ( Jewish Community Secondary School).
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What is the difference between a School Council and School Parliament?
“In Parliament we have job titles and we are put in different situations, unlike a school council and our opinions are taken more seriously.”
“Parliament is more serious and efficient so you can get things out and done immediately , School Councils can’t get everything out as quickly because its based on opinions. For example , with parliament you can pitch your ideas to staff and your head-teacher, however in a school council your ideas might not go as far.”
How do you feel being in the school parliament?
“Even though I’m not in the cabinet, I am in the education department this happened after the main election for the MP’s and the Prime Minster there was a day when the MP’s set up stalls about their department and I filled in slip for education and luckily I got in!”
“In a School Parliament there are different departments. In a School Council there is only one group, so a parliament can be more focused. We feel more sophisticated as some of the most important people in England are in a parliament, it is getting us ready for the future.”
Head of Student Parliament.
Questions: Why did you decide to have a student parliament? Were did you get your inspiration from? Was it based on the real government?
Vanessa Burton Head of the Parliament:
I was asked to start a student voice by the head teacher Jeremy Stowe-Lindner. YES - My inspiration was from our government of Westminster. I decided to do it as a parliament so that the children could have a opportunity to learn about how we run a government. A student council is based on the romans’ idea of a senate.
We interviewed Mrs Follett (Assistant Head, Science) on how we celebrated and prepared for Science week at JCoSS.
We started by asking her how long it took to prepare and organise Science week…
Here’s what Mrs Follett had to say:
“It actually took a long time, in fact all the way from October 2010, we had a visitor who came in on Friday from CERN, CERN which is an organisation for nuclear research, it holds the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.”(how cool!)
She told us….
“Her favourite experiment would have to be the balloon experiment, using a bottle of coke that would have a balloon placed securely on top and then the fizzing particles would excite the air particles causing a chemical reaction which would inflate the balloon.”
She also said….
“She chose those type of experiments in particular because Science week was also affiliated with Einstein’s birthday, he was a physicist so all the experiments were linked to physics.”
To celebrate Einstein's birthday we had ice cream and jelly, it was lovely! We also had Albert Einstein in mind when we did the experiments as he was an extremely accomplished physicist.
We also asked Miss Hancock (Science Technician), who helped organise the event,
Miss. Hancock said:
“It took lots of shopping and planning to get the event smoothly running, we had to get lots of supplies and we got a pack of experiments for Einstein’s birthday.”
“The experiment I particularly liked, was the wobbly water when the static from the balloon made the water move away from it, but I didn’t think the balloons with the hot and cold water worked as well as it should have because they were meant to deflate when in cold water, but inflate when in hot water and it wasn’t affecting the balloons as should of.”
By Chloe, Taryn, Ellie, Ilana, Daniel, Sammy, Joss and Ben