Playground Issues

Last week the Student Council went to the playground to ask children how things are going and if they had any suggestions for improvements.

Here are soem photos of use sharing what we found out and a list of things that were common suggestions.

We added an X next to things that will probably not be possible due to money, health and safety issues.

We added ad ? next to the things we will find out more about.

We added a /  next to the things we thought need to be addressed

Next week we will investigate the playground equipement and perhaps complete a stocktake to see what we have and what we need to get more of.


1 YEN DRIVE 2013


Today we starting planning where the KIVA collected money will go.
Some children helped count the money collected and others did some research into KIVA.

A total amount of money and where it will be going will be posted soon.


Some classes have pooled their money together and will decide on a KIVA project in the next few weeks. Some classes plan on lending this money to someone in need of water and sanitation. More details about this will be posted shortly…

Thank you to everyone who brought in change to support the 1 YEN drive this year.



This Weeks Meeting- November 5th

We spoke about the film night that will be happening on Friday 15th.

We thought of some rated G options:

  1. Sound of Music
  2. Shrek
  3. Sugar Rush  Reckit Ralph
  4. Despicable Me 2
  5. Rise of the Guardians

Ms Catasti sent a message about the Playground and wanted to help with ideas about the new sandpit area:

Here are some thoughts we had to improve the new sandpit area:

  1. We could go to Homes to buy some shovels and buckets.
  2. All the toys need to be plastic like the ones on this link.
  3. We also thought that story time in the sandpit would be fun.
  4. The Student council would read a story or put on a show while the audience sits in the sand!
Takumi took notes today and Polina will share the minutes with Ms Catasti.

We also talked briefly about KIVA and how to choose a project. We decided that we will contact the Year 9 Students who have made some decisions about KIVA and see if they could present their ideas to the ESC. In turn we would present this idea to our classroom teachers and see if we could pool our money together. Of course some class teachers have already through about where the money they have collected will go.










Ms Catasti

This Week Student Council- October 8

Great job at assembly ESC.  Everyone went to visit the classrooms so now all the children and teachers know about KIVA and our plans for the 1 yen drive.

Our next step is to provide donation boxes in each classroom… if needed. Many classes already had the donations started.

We will talk again about this at assembly on November 1st. In the elementary school we will collect all the money (unless teachers have other plans) and decide where our money will go. We will ask Mr Clark to visit our meeting soon to talk about KIVA options.

Bike Racks

Problems and concerns:- bike seats are getting wet and its too crowded in the bike racks.

Possible Solutions and ideas:-

Could we move the plants? Park under the cover? Get more parking?

We will ask our own classes how many people ride a bike to school. Do they have problems?

We will find out how many elementary students need bike parking and discuss solutions if needed next week.

Also next week we will talk about the Food Fair.




This Week at ESC meeting

Today we reviewed our blog from last week and made a Script for visits to classrooms.

The grade 3 children will introduce the 2013-14 Student School Council at assembly this Friday. Each G3 Representative will prepare to read some of the script that we worked on together.

Each person will introduce themselves at the assembly and then on Monday next week each rep. will speak to their own class about the 1 Yen drive.

Because the lower elementary classes don’t have reps. we will visit them.

Maya and Erica will visit 2Q

Lukas will visit 2F

Kalab will visit 2C

Takumi will visit 1R

Noa will visit 1S

The grade 4s will visit K classes


You will have a visit from one of the people in this photo next week

This week in Student Council

Notes by NOA:

On Kiva we will read about Kiva on their website and next week we will talk about it. We will talk to other classes about Kiva and the 1 yen drive to lend to Kiva.  We will be on assembly on Friday. We are going to work on a script during next weeks meeting

Elementary School parks there bikes and Middle School and High School students block the Elementary School students bikes.

Some students were feeling lonely.

Student Council students try to make them feel better.

Food fair November 3rd. CARNIVAL!! How to pay? 5th Grade cleaning tables?

Don’t forget that next week…. everyone will look at the KIVA website and we will make a script to tell all the classes about the 1 yen drive.

Upcoming issues and agenda items:
Our next meeting Tuesday 1st is devoted to preparing for KIVA presentations to each grade and assembly.
The following week, Tuesday 8th we will be talking about the bike racks problem.
On Tuesday 15th we are talking about Food Fair.
On Tuesday 29th we will meet with Ms Catasti about the playground and sand pit.


High School Student Council Meet with Elementary Student Council

Today the High School Student Council, Arvin and Bobby came to speak to the elementary students about the One Yen Drive.


2013-14 One Yen Drive

We will be starting this year’s One Yen Drive in a few weeks.

Each class will be involved in more decisions about where the money they collect will go this year. 

The One-Yen Drive this year will involve classes sponsoring families and projects through micro-loans with KIVA.

At this stage we think that the elementary school council students will support by sharing information with their own classes, and take an active role in encouraging the children in their own classrooms to raise money.
More information will be shared about this in the coming weeks.

Thank you Arvin and Bobby for taking the time to meet with us this week.

Thank you Polina for working on google docs to make a list of our student council members who will be taking minutes. Lukus is the first person to take the minutes.

Student feedback on the new playground equipment

  • I think the new equipment is good because a lot of the other kids are playing with the equipment more.
  • I really like the new balls on the playground because they are small and better for younger people. 
  • It is more fun now that we have more balls because now everyone can play.
  • The new balls are way better because they bounce higher and you can kick them and they dont hurt your toes
  • I like that now there are three different kinds of balls -before we had only kind. I like to play with all three kinds.
  • The old hoops were too small so I couldn’t do the hoops so well and then I didn’t like it so I stopped playing with them. But the new hoops are much better and I like playing hula hoops again.
  • The old hoops were scratchy.
  • The new hula hoops are way better because they go really fast from spinning -it’s cool!
  • The marble run is awesome but there is one problem. The marbles keep going in the gutter. 
  • The marble run is cool. I think it’s a good idea we got those pipes. I like how you can set it up in a lot of different ways. I think it would be better if there were more connectors.
  • The marble run is interesting because you use your imagination and work as a team.
  • I can’t wait for the sand to come!

Digging with the new gardening tools

Building a marble run