Pupil Leadership Groups
The Westgate offers every pupil the opportunity to participate in a leadership role during their time at The Westgate, being part of our commitment to 'Rights, Respect and Responsibility' across our school. This might be through joining one of the following groups:
Our aim is to provide a place for pupils to put forward their ideas about the school environment and work together to discuss and implement improvements. At present the Global group are working on a presentation for all tutor groups to explain what we do. Now we have lots of new members we are trying to encourage recycling in all classrooms. Some of the group are going to be decorating the recycling bags to make them more obvious to everyone and encouraging all of us to put used and broken pens into the boxes provided.
We are planning to put a plant in each classroom to make our environment more attractive as well as making plans for herb gardens and more flowering plants around the school. We continue to maintain the new planting in the pond area and have proposed a bug house to provide a home for invertebrates and other creatures.
Our aim is to provide a place for pupils to put forward their ideas about the Curriculum and work together to discuss and implement changes for our Whole School Curriculum. We have focused on how to best suit various learning styles, how to best enhance our learning experiences in the classroom and how to best support others with their studies.
Curriculum Group have been working on creating, promoting and monitoring their new subject ambassador forums. They have been trialling ways to get people to use the system and need to spend time properly advertising the forums for the use of all students. They will continue to work on this and a weekly monitoring of the forums as well. They have also been designing a Tutor time survey for Years 8 and 9 about how effective tutor time is. They will be sending out this survey soon once they have secured the permission of the relevant year leaders.
The Wellbeing Group
In Wellbeing Group, our aim is to try and make the pupils’ experience at The Westgate as enjoyable as possible. We also want to make sure that the pupils have a pleasant working environment in the school. We also try to inform the pupils about what is happening in our school and that they are able to voice their opinions about school procedures.
Projects - Embedding RRR into school life
One of the ways that we are making sure that the students are being involved in the school is by discussing how the pupils are embedding RRR into the school through developing their skills and abilities through the Westgate Maker's scheme. Pupils are listing improvements that they are interested in seeing to increase pupil wellbeing such as improving behaviour on the school buses, designing Christmas decorations to be displayed across the school, and for each pupil to feel that their opinion matters.
Aims for Next Year…
Our aim for the next year is to be able to start thinking about ways to enhance the well being of years 7, 8 and 9 pupils by creating specific tasks, for example the group are currently discussing a joint task with the charity group which involves the participation of staff and pupils to raise money for charity and to continue to raise the Westgate moral.
The Charity Group
The charity group has always been very busy this term, year 8 baked cakes and sold them to raise funds for Macmillan cancer research. We collected over 260 shoe boxes for the Christmas child appeal. Non uniform day on Friday 14th November raised a massive £1,0051. pounds for Children in Need. We had a live band performance from two of our very successful and popular school bands. Friday 5th December the school wore Christmas jumpers to raise funds for our school PSA, they had contributed bottles, chocolates, money and jam jars filled with sweets to be sold at the fair. The poppy appeal and sales of poppies was £355.00. Mr Wylie and colleagues baked cakes and started to persuade a number of members of staff into running a half marathon or 10K in the ABP Southampton race in April. We will be raising funds for teenage Cancer Charity Trust. We will also have our own Fun run in school when the weather gets a bit better.
Our next project is to support an orphanage in Kenya and to provide them with school uniform so that they can attend school. An ex pupils of the school Beth has already been into school and explained how she got involved in the orphanage and is now a main trustee. In January the charity group will visit each tutor group and explain how they can help.
As always we are grateful to each and every member of our school who contributes in whatever way in donating money, offering support and ideas for fund raising and to the charity group who give up their time each week and for each event.
If you need support for a charity close to your heart please speak to any member of the charity group or come along to a meeting and tell us what you need.
The Charity group on behalf of the school take on fund raising activities to support charitable organisations locally and nationally. However, in May 2014, a fundraising activity was an occasions where we supported our own pupils. Ex pupils; Jonty Honey, Sam Manley and Emily Parfitt travelled to Uganda with their church to do voluntary work in schools in their summer holidays. They have done a number of fund raising activities both in and out of school and raised an wonderful £870. Thank you to all pupils for supporting charity events so far this year.
PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 2013
On 7 and 8 November 2013, the Philippines was hit by the most dangerous typhoon that it has ever faced, which left many people dead and many more without clothes, food or water. It is the strongest storm ever to make landfall, hitting an area where thousands of people are already homeless after an earthquake in mid-October. At the end of this terrible occurrence, over 5000 people were left dead and 7000 homeless and relying on us. Thanks to the efforts of the UK Red Cross, over £13 million was raised and Westgate did an amazing job contributing to this fund.
Everyone at The Westgate felt that we should try to help the people in some way. Therefore, a clothes collection took place over the course of a week and all the clothes collected flown over to the Philippines to be given to the many people there who are in great need of them. Every tutor was given two bags - one for boys’ clothes and one for girls’ clothes. By the end of the week, every bag was full to bursting with all the clothes that the pupils brought into school. Also, Year 7 pupils did their bit to help by baking cakes and selling them around the school during break time and lunch time. Each of these little cakes, at only 50p each, helped to raise over £500 in aid of this cause.
This is amazing given the short notice to organize ourselves and bake the cakes. These factors, along with the clothes drive that had been going on all of last week, have massively helped the relief aid that we provided. Of course we must thank our House Captains for helping the Tutor Groups be so enthusiastic about helping the Philippines, and we must also thank our Charity group for organizing our efforts, and giving their all in helping raise funds and clothes for the Philippines.