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Your Voice

We are 'Your Voice': we will love and care for each other as Jesus taught us. 

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3

Our School Council is known as 'Your Voice' and we have an important role as the children’s voice within our school. 

We usually meet every two weeks and we are constantly trying to think of ideas to make our school an even better place than it already is.  

In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis tells us to build a better world based on fraternal love. We should overcome barriers to work for peace. Fraternal love means we care for everyone. As a member of the St Teresa’s school council, we develop our school to ensure all children are cared for. We listen to one another, we work for one another by being a voice for our peers. We act in servant leadership like our Lord Jesus Christ. We think about others: raising money for national and global charities, like the Good Samaritan who helped the injured man (Luke 10:25-37). We aim to be a good neighbour for our classmates, our school, our community and the world with our utmost commitment to Gospel values and British Values.

The St Teresa’s school council are voted into position each September during British Values week. We each use our voice to announce our standing for leadership and our peers vote for us. We hold regular meetings and report back to our classes. We involve the whole school in events such as Red Nose Day, Children in Need and school-focused tasks. We have good links with our community, visiting the town hall and experiencing local council work each year. Our governors work with us in our leadership to make our school a ‘happy, healthy and welcoming community’.

Our Your Voice school trip to the Town Hall

Your Voice went to the Town Hall to interview the deputy Mayor who is currently acting as Mayor. She told us what she does and how it feels to have the responsibility of being the voice for the people of Colchester. She gave us top tips to be good school councillors. We then went into the chamber and sat in the Mayor’s seats like we were in a real council session! Leila even got to use the gabble to stop the person talking for longer than 3 minutes!

We had a tour of the Town Hall and learnt so many interesting facts about our Town Hall.

Your Voice organised their first charity event of this year: Children in Need. The children of Your Voice organised posters and a cake sale for charity and they raised an incredible £365! Well done Your Voice!

During the afternoon of Friday 7th December the Year 6  'Your Voice ' Team visited Lion Walk United Reform Church to take part in the Annual Christmas Tree Festival. This involved dressing a tree with the decorations made by children from each class in the school.  As it was such a special year commemorating 100 Years since the end of the First World War, we chose an Edwardian theme - reminiscent of that era.  The children, as ever, were a credit to the school, taking this special responsibility  most seriously. I think that you will agree that our tree looks stunning!  

Over all there will be between 40 and 50 trees on display with a real mix of both traditional and modern themes - well worth a visit!  The children had great fun attempting to photograph them all!