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

Elementary School Pajama Day

Following on from a suggestion that came up at a meeting with the Middle School Student Council, The Elementary School Student Council were keen to organize some kind of spirit day. We discussed a few different ideas. We decided than any thing we organized should fit in with these guide-lines:

  • be fun for students at any grade level between Kindergarten and Grade 5
  • not interfere with routines as we have to share spaces with Middle and High School
  • not take away time from learning
  • not cost money
  • not be extra work for teachers

We had three ideas which fitted these guidelines:

  • crazy hair
  • pajamas
  • dressing up in your favorite sports kit
We voted to see which idea was the most popular. It was pajama day. The idea is that anyone that wishes could come to school in their pyjamas on Friday 17th May. We wrote to Ms Pender to ask if it would be okay. We told her that our idea wouldn’t  cost any money or interfere with learning. Ms Pender agreed. The student council will have photographing service during both lunch recess, outside the cafeteria.

We would like to organize this event because it would be a great experience if the whole of elementary could participate. It is like we are building a community! Don’t forget to wear your pajamas!

Playground update

Over the last 18 months the ESSC have been working on developing the Elementary School play spaces. The ESSC reps visited classes to collect data on what students would like to see in their play spaces. The EESC reps collated the data, talked with teachers and came up with a plan. The plan required money so Tasha submitted a budget proposal to the PTSA on behalf of the ESSC. The budget proposal was approved so the ESSC reps made two shopping lists -one for supplies which can be purchased locally and one for supplies which need to be purchased from over-seas. Before the break the ESSC reps went shopping and bought items on the local supplies shopping list.

Today Ms Catasti came to our ESSC meeting to give us an update on the playground developments so far. The overseas order has been placed and will be delivered in July with the rest of the school’s overseas order. (She looked into having the materials delivered earlier but it was going to be too expensive.)

Watch this space for more updates.

1 yen drive

Today in our student council meeting, representatives from the High School student Council (HSSC) came to the ESSC meeting to talk about the 1 yen drive and to ask the ESSC for their support. The HSSC has decided that the money collected by this year’s one yen drive will be denoted to World wide charity called charity: water.

Each class has received a container in which to collect their one yen coins. Other coins, more than one yen, can also be collected so long as the coins are Japanese, as some banks will not exchange foreign coins.

Mr Stanworth works with Elementary School, Middle School and High School Student Councils. He mentioned how useful it is when all three student councils work together.

Profits from the ES Dance.

There was profit from the ES dance. The PTSA asked the ES Student Council where they thought the money should go. These are the ideas we came up with.

  • Tohoku
  • Kiva bank (click here for a video about how Kiva Bank works)
  • ES Fun day
  • Playground equipment
  • Another school dance

If you have some thoughts about these suggestions or if you have some other suggestions please leave a comment on this blog.


Finding a new Head of School

Mr MacDonald, our Head of School is leaving and we need to find a new head of school. This week, three candidates came to our school to interview for the position of the head of school. The Elementary School, Middle School and High School student councils met together to interview the three candidates. Before  meeting with the candidates, the ESSC reps met and came up with the following questions:

  • What experience have you had being a head of school (or another management position)?
  • What are some things you are planning to do in our school?
  • Why do you want to be a head of school?
  • What do you think is the role of a Student Council?
  • Please tell us about a time when you handled a big problem.
After meeting with the candidates the ESSC reps met and discussed their impressions. Below are some of the key points that arose during the feedback discussions:

Mrs Nabholz

  • She is very nice and friendly which is important for our school
  • She seems like a good problem solver
  • She would be good for this school because she had many experiences dealing with difficult situations.

Mr Sell

  • He is really funny
  • He thought it was important to respect everyone and to know what everyone is thinking
  • He said he was good in dealing with people

Mr Coutts

  • Interested in outdoor education
  • Nice to talk to
  • Very “open”

Mr Stanworth said that the candidates mentioned how much they had enjoyed meeting with the student council.

Elementary School dance

Today we met to gather feedback about the Elementary School dance. Overall, the ESSC reps thought the dance was very good.

 “It was awesome!”

“Much better than I thought!”

The ESSC reps made some suggestions:

  • Someone mentioned that the timing of the dance coincided with some student’s dinner time and some people felt a little hungry. It would have been good if there was more snack. Others suggested that students eat before they come to the dance.
  • Someone suggested that the dance could start at 4:15 then people could go straight after ASA. Someone pointed out that some ASAs do not finish till 5:30.
  • Quite a few people thought it was a bit hot inside.
  • Everyone thought that Jamie and Charlotte were very good DJs.
  • People particularly liked when Middle School students showed Elementary School students how to do the dance moves

“The Middle School students did a great job!”

  • Mr Stanworth mentioned that he has a strobe light and a smoke machine that we could borrow next time.

Everyone agreed that we should have another dance next year.  Thank you PTSA!

Making plans for 2013

Today we had our first meeting of 2013. We had a lot of ideas of things we would like to implement this year.

Welcoming new students
We talked about how to welcome new students. Tasha and Ms Kumamoto mentioned how delighted the new students had been to receive their welcome cards and we agreed that the cards were worth the work. We talked about how it was important to check that everyone happy at recess times, and not feeling left out or lonely.

Suggestion boxes
We talked about gathering ideas from elementary students for 2013. We planned to remind students to use the suggestion boxes at the Elementary School assembly on Friday. Isabelle suggested that we leave paper and pens by the suggestion boxes as people might not have a pen with them. At our next meeting we will look at the suggestions in the box so far.

Elementary School Dance
the PTSA are organizing an Elementary School dance. This is the first time YIS has had an ES dance. Almost all Student Council members will be able to attend the ES school dance. After the dance we will feed back to the PTSA on how we thought the dance went and make suggestions for what we could do to make the dance better.

Students raised concerns about the safety of gymnastics in the climbing frame are. There were lots of different opinions. We decided to survey other students in upper elementary to see what they think. Isabelle, Caleb, Aqielah, Sam and Noa volunteered to work on putting together a survey. Caleb offered to graph the results of the survey.

Getting feedback from other students

At our ESSC meeting today we reflected on the classroom visits that took place last week. The purpose of the classroom visits was for the ES student council reps to introduce themselves to their assigned classes. At our session today, reps shared their class visit experiences. The students came up with a list of the suggestions made during the class visits. We organized these sessions under three headings. We will address these suggestions in future sessions.

Suggestions to work on:

  • Reps from other grades be included in Student Council
  • Playground
  • Communicating with the rest of the school