The School Council were given an opportunity to meet with their local Member of Parliament, Dr Daniel Poulter, today and to ask him a few pressing questions about some of their concerns.
Gino and Summer began proceedings by welcoming Dr Poulter to our school and by explaining briefly what the School Council have been focusing on. They explained that, following a survey of the school they conducted recently, they are campaigning to improve the playground toys available at playtimes, trying to vamp up the changing rooms so they are more inviting and trying to fix some things that need repairing.
Kayden and Hannah then shared an issue facing many of our families and of which they had personal experience: the difficulty in finding an NHS Dentist at the moment. Dr Poulter explained that there are plans in place to introduce Dentistry Schools in both Ipswich and Lowestoft, which could make access a little easier for some of us.
Daisy and Isaac then explained that at Harvest we collected food which was donated to the Trussell Trust Food Bank. They shared that many families are finding it difficult to buy food and that prices are going up and up. They asked what Dr Poulter was able to do to make sure all families can afford to buy food. Dr Poulter explained how there were lots of pressures at the moment that are causing food prices to go up, including the war in Ukraine and the cost of fertilizer. Kayden was able to contribute that delivery and supply chain problems were also an issue and that it was like a chain reaction.
Finally, William and Emily shared their concerns about climate change. They explained that pollution was leading to increases in carbon dioxide which is causing the climate to warm which is endangering animals at the North and South Poles. William asked what Dr Poulter was able to do to keep climate change under control. Our visitor explained that it was something we all have to work on together – the government and people in their own homes. He said that lots of wind farms have been built off the Suffolk coast and that we also needed nuclear power for when the wind isn’t blowing. The Councillors also discussed some of the things they had done in their own homes to reduce energy and waste.
The Key Stage 1 School Councillors – Sol, India, Emily-Aliza and Alfie – joined as observers and listened carefully to the discussion.
Well done to all of them for their thoughtful questions and contributions.