We are the school council. We work hard to represent you by putting forward your ideas and ways to help improve our school.
This year, we have been working closely with Hackney Citizens which is part of Citizens UK. Hackney Citizens is an alliance of civil society organisations who work together to bring about change in our community for the common good. In Hoxton, St John the Baptist Primary School have been working with six other organisations to build local campaigns to improve Hoxton for everybody. Our School Council have been trained in leadership and also have built their own local campaigns.
Firstly, we did a listening campaign with children and parents from across the school community to identify what we care about most. We identified priorities for the development of Shoreditch Park. These were:
- Affordable Housing
- Local construction jobs for local young people
- Toilets in Shoreditch Park for families
- Children in Youth Sports Provision
We presented the findings at an event with people from across Hoxton and all the local Councillors. We’ve recently received a response from the Mayor who is working with us on our priorities.
Secondly, we identified a top issue for our immediate neighbourhood, which is road safety. We realised the crossing on Pitfield Street is dangerous. One of our teachers was recently hit by a cyclist and students often feel nervous to cross the road on their own. So, we built a campaign. We gathered signatures from across the school community. We got ourselves organised and took action. We dressed as zebras and invited people from the council who were responsible for road safety to meet with us and hear our presentation. We were successful. We asked them to make us a ‘Cycle Slowly ‘ Please’ sign and they were thoroughly impressed that they said yes! We are soon to be meeting with them to design it for ourselves so that they can get it built.
Year 4 Cassandra Year 5 Danae, Ross & Naeheva
Year 6 Sally, Jason, Bruce & Uresa