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Pupil Voice Assembly


This is my favourite assembly of the term…

Before even entering the room, we were treated to a little electric acoustic from Euan…who demonstrated proper rock legacy playing a little Guns’n’Roses if I’m not mistaken!

Our Head and Deputy Head of School kicked off a stunning reflection of the year so far whilst also hosting windows for our various Leadership Teams to showcase and highlight key aspects and issues that we face – very thought provoking!  Timir and Neeam reflected on the Remembrance Service and also introduced the forthcoming General Elections that will have an Orley spin on them – watch this space!

Sweet Child of Guns'n'Roses...

Neeam talked about the link that we made in our Remembrance Service about being strong enough to be kind and how this formed a strong message in the coming activities to do with our anti-bullying ‘Cool 2 B Kind’ focus.  Odd socks and wrapping up eggs are the tip of the iceberg!

We reflected on the work being done as we look at the outcomes from the Harrow Youth Parliament.  Key issues that resonated across Orley were:

  • Protecting the environment
  • Understanding and ending knife crime
  • Understanding mental health
  • Tackling ‘Hate’ crime
  • Developing our curriculum – Learning 4 Life

Hot on the heels came our Food Committee who reported the following based on pupil surveys and feedback:

  • Jacket Potato Wednesday will now only happen every 3 weeks
  • More lamb wraps…not one but two!
  • Lasagne makes a return due to popular demand!
  • More Quorn options will be served

Our ECO Team reported back on the buried objects / materials from last year and how they were decomposing – or not!

We then heard from our Digital Ambassadors who have some interesting projects running:

Our curriculum subject in focus was Design Technology who showcased an incredible story that belongs on ‘Dragon’s Den’.  Our Y8 and Y6 pupils pitched to the OFA for £6k of funding to buy and run two electric race cars culminating in the final at Silverstone.  You might have noticed from our Twitter feed that Mr du Plessis is a little excited about this as pupils unwrapped a number of boxes containing car parts at the start of this week…more to follow on this and other stories in the future.

And finally…we heard from our Library Monitors who were able to share stats on most read books, most popular authors across the different sections of the school and how many new books have been added in the past 8 weeks…it’s a large number (Orko has just told me that it’s 2265 books!) and we are so lucky to be so well resourced!

What a great start to the day – thank you to the Junior Leadership Team and all those involved in the School Council and others areas of ‘giving back’ in the school…as I say, this is my favourite assembly as it show that this is your school and you take this responsibility very seriously – well done!

Tim Calvey