Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link

International Pupils’ Council – January 2019 update

The IPC, chaired by Mandy Hinxman, has produced a note to explain what the IPC does, together with minutes from the January meeting and the agenda for the forthcoming  March meeting. Our schools are deeply committed to burning issues such as peace and the ecology, and have plenty of practical ideas that they’ll be putting into action during the year – and sharing with their partner schools in Sierra Leone.

Our International Pupil Council (IPC) was established around 2010.  Our aim is to provide our students with a global voice and to empower them with the skills to listen, communicate and thrive in our global village.  Our IPC has grown in size over the years and we meet after school hours, once a term.  During our meetings we discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and at the moment we are all working on the Zero Waste project, set up by The British Council.

At present there are 12 schools within our IPC which are all from the Hastings and Battle area of East Sussex.  We are supported by Mrs Isabelle Hodger and Mr Roger Mitchell from The Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link (HSLFL.)

What is the IPC?

It is a group of school councillors from Hastings and Battle, there is also an IPC in Hull and Freetown, Sierra Leone. All of our schools, of which there are 12 at present, have partners in Hastings, Sierra Leone.

Who and where do we meet?

Two members from each school attend the termly meetings from 15:45 until 16:45 and we visit one another’s schools in turn. Our teachers meet in another room to discuss the link work. Our host school provides the squash and biscuits.

What we do:

At our meetings we discuss ideas around the sustainable development goals and share these ideas with our partners in Sierra Leone.  During our partner school visits, we meet with our Sierra Leone partner teachers and discuss ideas for the future.  We work alongside the British Council with our teachers support.

During their last visit, in October, we discussed ideas for the Zero Waste project and ideas for becoming plastic free.  E.g. we are trying to reduce the plastic waste in our lunch boxes and like our partner schools in Sierra Leone, we are encouraging one another to walk to school, where possible.

During the year, we fund raise for our partner schools and provide much needed resources to support their learning environment.

Minutes from IPC meeting at St Paul’s CE Jnr Academy.  Date 24th January 2019


Mrs Jagot from Battle and Langton

Ms Thomson  from St Mary Star of the Sea (students present)


Grace and Bethany from Sedlescombe

Jett and Alex St Leonards CE Primary Academy

Alyssa and Patricia from St Mary Star of the Sea

Layla and Holden from All Saints CE Junior Academy

Henry and Patricia from Christchurch

Josie and Electra from St Paul’s

Minutes of the last meeting were agreed.

Mrs Hinxman introduced the team of schools and Mr Roger Mitchell from HSLFL, as there were new council members in attendance.

Points raised from the agenda:

  • World peace day celebrations – posters, mufti blue, white and green (Sierra Leone flag colours) Assembly to the school on what peace means.
  • Dates for World Toilet Day – 11th February 2019 – ideas toilet quiz and running in mini marathon with a toilet plunger! Posters around school to raise awareness.

World Earth Day – 29th April 2019 – ideas using recycled materials to create a piece of art or a board game about the earth.

  • Recycling projects in our schools: Holding a poster competition about recycling and the winning poster to be judged by our SL partners in the summer term.
  • All Saints are involved in the Great Battery Hunt with Duracell and a walk to school project – creating less pollution and becoming healthier.

In some of the schools there are plastic bottle collections to make equipment from e.g. prayer space and igloo/den area.  Our Eco- councils are involved in promoting the 3 R’s (re-use, recycle, and reduce)

  • Fundraising ideas for February visit: each school to decide on goods to be sent (2kg per school) – stationery
  • Beach clean – Term 6 Tuesday 21st May 2019 IPC meet at the Pier @3:45pm-4:45pm

Any other business:

Jett from St Leonards CE Primary spoke about the Commonwealth Row topic of raising awareness of plastics in our oceans.  Both St Leonards and All Saints have begun this project work and are following Richard’s progress in his solo row across The Atlantic.

  • The poster competition winners will be shown at our celebration festival in the summer term.

Our Next Meeting is:

Tuesday 19th March @ 03:45pm until 04:45pm at Christchurch School, Woodland Vale Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 6JJ

Agenda for the meeting:

  1. Commonwealth Row update from schools.
  2. Items sent via Mrs Hodger to Sierra Leone
  3. World Toilet Day awareness day update
  4. Feedback from school councils on IPC meetings/ideas
  5. Beach clean on 21st May 2019 any questions
  6. Soccer tournament (date and venue to be advised)
  7. Any other matters
  8. Date of next meeting in Term 5

If you have any thoughts to add please let Mrs Hinxman know, so that she can adapt the agenda.