Bader School Parliament

Following on from Mr Feasey’s assembly on Monday, our parliament met today to consider the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We discussed all 42 articles in the UN Convention and decided whether or not to include it in the Bader Convention on the Rights of the Child that we wanted to create. We decided that the Bader Convention should be something that is special to school and not include those things that we do not have control over, e.g. UN Convention Article 35: Governments must ensure that children are not abducted or sold.

We agreed 13 Articles. They are:
Article 1
Every child in our school has all the rights in the Convention.
Article 2
The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from.
Article 3
The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.
Article 4
Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.
Article 5
Every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.
Article 6
Every child has the right to reliable information from school. This should be information that children can understand. School must help protect children from materials that could harm them.
Article 7
School must do all they can to make sure that all children feel protected and safe in and around school.
Article 8
A child with a disability or special needs has the right to live a full and decent life with dignity and independence, and to play an active part in the school community. School must do all they can to provide support to disabled children and children with special needs..
Article 9
Every child has the right to an education. Discipline in school must respect children’s dignity.
Article 10
Our school curriculum must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
Article 11
Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, regardless of whether these are shared by the majority of people in our school.
Article 12
Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
Article 13
School should make the Convention known to all children and adults in the school community.

We then designed a poster and are going to have it printed on large boards and displayed in areas of the school where they will be seen by all children and adults in our school community.

We are going to introduce the Bader Convention on the Rights of the Child to the whole school in Monday’s assembly. Each member of Parliament will read out one of the articles and then say why parliament decided it was important to include in our Convention.


This weeks Parliament meeting was focused on Children in Need ready for Friday 13th.

As a Parliament we decided to go with the theme ‘Spotty Socks’ and ‘Cakes’ to raise money as a school.

A letter will go home to all parents explaining that if children want to wear spotty socks on Friday they can do and need to bring in a pound which will go towards charity.

If children would like to bake cakes at home to bring them in on Friday they can do also. All cakes will be sold for 20p each depending on the size.

It will be an enjoyable day and the Bader Parliament are looking forward to it.

Our Charity Minister (Xander) is baking some cakes himself to bring in on Friday.

The next parliament meeting will be held on Monday 16th November.

Prime Minister (Ebony) and Deputy Prime Minister (Michael)

Today the Parliament came together to discuss ideas and plans.

Sport Minister – Sam is sharing in assembly today a video on Chris Tomlinson who is coming into school tomorrow 13.10.15, linked with circuits and sponsership.

Ebony and Xander (Prime Minister / Charity Minister) are sharing in assembly today information on selling Poppy’s in school for the 8th November.

Community and Environment (Evie and Kieran) They have worked together to create a poster on caring for the community and environment. They will be posting this on the blog this week to help make children at Bader Primary School become more aware.

Culture Minister (Lilly) and Junior Minister (Daisy) are making dance posters this week to hand out to children in Bader Primary School. Any children in school are able to meet Daisy and Lilly who will teach people on a Wednesday lunch time in the playground how to dance. This will help children to work and collaborate together having fun!

Learning Minister (Ellie) Mentioned again about a Thornaby Walk. She will speak with Mrs Watson to see if she can get this organised.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 19th October.

Prime Minister (Ebony) Deputy Minister (Michael)

Today was the first meeting held with all the new members of the Bader Parliament!
We have changed around some of the roles along with adding new members in to the new positions.

Prime Minister – Ebony
Deputy Prime Minister – Michael
Environment Minister – Kieran
Culture Minister – Lilly (Changed from Community to Culture)
Charity Minister – Xander (Changed from Culture to Charity)
Community Minister – Evie (New member of Parliament)
Sport Minister – Sam (New member of Parliament)
Learning Minister – Ellie
Junior Minister (Y3) – Daisy
Junior Minister (Y3) – Joe
Junior Minister (Y2) – Cally (New member of Parliament)
Junior Minister (Y2) – Adam (New member of Parliament)

Up to date news!

Sports Minister – Chris Tomlinson is coming into Bader Primary school to do sport with children for the day. Children need to get sponsorship from home to get prizes! Thank you. Sam

Junior Minister – Cally is going to support Sam with the sport and Chris Tomlinson.

Learning Minister – I took part in a meeting with Mr Feasey, Miss White and other adults from different schools. We discussed a History Website, we all shared ideas to improve the website for staff and children to use both in and out of school. Thank you. Ellie

Junior Minister – Daisy is going to support Ellie with the learning.

Charity Minister and Deputy Prime Minister – For next week Xander and Michael are going to research ideas on how we, Bader Parliament, could raise money for people who are less fortunate than us. They are going to research some different ideas over the next week to share with the Parliament at the next meeting.

Community and Environment Ministers – Evie and Kieran are going to work together to create posters and handouts for children at school. They will aim to raise children’s awareness of taking care of our local environment/community.

Junior Minister – Joe is going to help Evie and Kieran with the posters and awareness of our environment and community.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 5th October.
Prime Minister (Ebony) and Deputy Prime Minister (Michael)

Local History Forum

September 21, 2015 | Uncategorized  |  1 Comment


Ellie, our Minister for Learning was the sole voice for pupils at a local history forum event this afternoon. The group is made up of teachers from across the Tees Valley, asked to contribute ideas and discuss the making of an on-line resource that will support local teachers in designing and planning learning around local history, with links to support that may be accessed through a number of local museums. The project is being led by Anna Salaman and supported locally by Andrew Stogdale (Inspire2Learn). Mr Feasey + school’s History Lead, Miss White, were very impressed by Ellie’s willingness to contribute some brilliant ideas in open forum. Ellie spoke with confidence and clarity, representing the Bader Parliament wonderfully well.

An impromptu visit to school by Mrs Jenny Fowles, today, led to a wonderful conversation. Jenny called to explain the work of the charitable organisation Boro Real Fans Believe in Dreams and how they proposed to support pupils of Bader school, with a stadium tour of the Riverside. Our newly elected Prime Minister, Ebony + our newly elected Minister for Sport, Sam, talked with Jenny, along with Mr Feasey. The stadium tour was talked about and organised and then, much to the delight of Mrs Fowles, Ebony and Sam offered school support of the charity, through a fund raising initiative.

Boro Real Fans Believe in Dreams Facebook page >

A special day and a good day’s work for and by Ebony and Sam!!

Bader Parliament Elections

September 15, 2015 | Uncategorized  |  2 Comments


Our very first prime minister, Ciaran, has moved on to secondary school; Thornaby Academy. Yesterday we held an election for a new prime minister. We decided that only serving ministers could stand. Interested ministers were asked to put themselves forward for the leadership ballot, with all Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 pupils voting. Yesterday, in a special assembly, 3 ministers addressed all of our Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 pupils, putting their case for leadership. Three ministers stood: Xander, Lily and Ebony.

We also held elections for two ministers, whilst Y2 were listening to addresses and then voting for two Y2 junior ministers.

All present were urged to listen carefully to what speech makers had to say, think about what they had to offer and then decide who might best serve and represent the interests of the whole student body.

After a very close contest, we are pleased to announce that our new prime minister is Ebony. Ebony served as our Minister for Charity last year, with great distinction. Ebony led fellow ministers and other supporters in organising a number of fruitful initiatives, such as Red Nose Day, a fund raising event for the Thornaby Town Hall Renovation fund, and a local charitable organisation that supports children in Africa.

We thank Lily and Xander for giving Ebony a run for her money. We are pleased that they will both continue to serve as ministers and know that they will have gained confidence and valuable experience in the process.

Evie was elected to serve as a minister in parliament. Sam is our newly elected minister. We have another former Y6 Minister to thank for Sam stepping forward. Our former Minister for Sport, Ellie (also moved on to Thornaby Academy) urged Sam to put himself forward. Sam did so, willingly.

Our two new junior ministers, elected from Y2 are Cally and Adam. Well done Cally and Adam.

Having made a visit to Westminster last year, we are now planning on visiting the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to see how that operates and to learn more about the democratic system.

The Bader Parliament met today to discuss plans for the new school year. We are proposing that any candidates in the Parliament can put themselves forward to become our new Prime Minister!!
This will involve the children making a speech next Monday, 14th September, in front of the rest of the school. The other children in the school will vote on who they think is most suitable for the role.
Two new Junior Ministers will be elected through a smaller vote in Year 2.
Any children in the Parliament who do not want to step forward for Prime Minister will still be a member of Bader Parliament. As a Parliament, we are still undecided whether peoples roles will change or stay the same!
We will keep you all updated.
Bader Parliament. 07.09.15

Bader Parliament met today to discuss more about the school disco. We are holding another parliament meeting this week with Miss Hill to set a date! We will keep you all posted.

Healthy Eating

Today, in our Parliament meeting, Miss Lowrie and Miss Adey came to talk to us about Healthy Eating. They are keen to find out what all the children in Bader Primary School bring for their packed lunches.

As a Parliament, we all agreed this was important and are going to help them find out more information. The Parliament will be provided with a survey twice a week to go around the dinner hall and help record what children are bringing to school. This will hopefully allow us to put together a school policy on what children should bring for their pack lunches.

Our next Parliament meeting will be Monday 29th June.
Prime Minister (Ciaran) Deputy Prime Minister (Michael)

Bader Parliament met today and we have made a start on the arrangements for raising money for our local Town Hall and Mayor.
We have all decided we would like a school Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 disco.
The disco will include music, lights, food and drink! All the money raised will go to the Mayor of Thornaby.
We are meeting next week on Monday 15th June and Miss Hill is joining our meeting. She is kindly going to support the Parliament in organising the disco. Next week, dates, times and prices will be discussed and then as a Parliament we will begin to design posters to advertise the disco.
We will keep you updated.
Thank you
Ciaran (Prime Minister) and Michael (Deputy Prime Minister)

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