The school council wanted the children to take part in two events in June.
The first was the Great Get Together - an event inspired by the MP Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June 2016. The event is designed to bring our communities together and celebrate all that unites us. In Jo's first speech to Parliament she said "We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us".
The councillors decided they wanted to do the daily mile as a whole school community on Friday 22 June and take the chance to walk this with other children they do not usually hang around with and chat with each other to get to know what they have common. They then wanted to celebrate being one community by creating a giant conga line!
You can find out more about the Great Get Together here: http://www.greatgettogether.org/
The second event the councillors wanted to support, was a day to raise money for the Annie Kenney Memorial Fund. Born in Oldham, and working in the cotton mills from the age of 10, Annie taught girls and women to read through her own passion of workers' rights and women's suffrage. She joined the suffrage movement and was imprisoned 12 times during her fight for equality and the right of women to vote. Annie is remembered as one of Oldham's most inspiring women and the memorial fund is raising money for a statue to commemorate her. On Friday 29 June we will be holding a non uniform day in school to raise money for this cause, to remember Annie in the town centre and inspire the next generation to stand up for what they believe in too.
The School Council have asked the children whether they would prefer a 'Buddy Stop' to stand at when they are feeling lonely or a bit left out, or if they would prefer designated 'buddies' to wear 'buddy bibs'. The response was overwhelmingly for a 'Buddy Stop'.
The councillors have asked the children to design a 'buddy stop' and the winning design will be made up for use in the classroom.