We would like to introduce our School Council representatives for this academic year.
The children are elected by their classmates. To help improve our school, they meet weekly to discuss a variety of ideas, views and concerns that have been expressed by pupils or those raised by Mrs. Coates, school staff and school governors.
We want to ensure that all pupils have:
- a safe, happy, healthy, active and fair learning environment
- a place to voice concerns, worries and work out solutions
- the opportunity to learn problem solving skills
- an opportunity to take an active part in making decisions
- an opportunity to experience a democratic process which expresses British Values and respects others
- a place to discuss behaviour/friendship problems or report bullying
- responsibility for the school environment
- an opportunity to plan and organise projects which will make a difference
- the opportunity to speak, listen to others and debate issues
- an opportunity to manage a budget
- an opportunity to learn about roles, rights and responsibilities within the school and wider community.
The previous year's school council ended their year wanting to support the charity: Toilet Twinning after a collective worship learning about helping others in need. The children wanted to raise funds to enable people living in poor communities to have clean water, basic sanitation and to learn about hygiene education. They asked Mrs. Bramley to email the charity to organise someone to come into school to lead an assembly which is organised for Autumn 1 2019. The newly-elected Peter house captains are going to support the school council with their fundraising efforts.
Madeleine from the charity kindly came to deliver a whole school assembly raising awareness of all that the charity does.
Over the past few years, the School Council have been very busy...
In Autumn 2018, the children chose to work towards achieving the Woodland Trust Award which we achieved. The whole school took part in a range of activities in order to earn points towards this. One of their activities was to design a Tree Champion mascot to encourage others to be Eco-friendly.
In Spring 2018, each School Council representative handed out a questionnaire to their classmates to find out their opinions on our school environment, which resulted in some extremely positive feedback. However, the area most children wanted to improve was to have more play equipment.
The School Council took this on board immediately and through exploring possible equipment on offer, decided to order: hula hoops, skipping ropes, ball catchers, balls and various other pieces of equipment that can be used at both break and lunchtimes during the Summer term.
Along with this, they found it incredibly important to ensure the school was safe and secure for all students and staff, so carried out a thorough health and safety walk through the school which was fed back to staff in their after school strategy meeting.
For Valentine's Day, the School Council wrote a letter to the school kitchen staff to persuade them to bake a special dessert for the school dinners. This was successful and the delicious heart biscuits went down a storm!
The School Council completed a learning walk with Mrs. Dunand with the focus area of health and safety, they also investigated new lunchtime resources that we could purchase.
The councillors also wrote a letter to Mrs Coates asking if a 1m2 school mosaic could be made. After researching pictures and getting ideas for a design, they made a competition where all the children in the school were invited to draw their favourite subject. All entries were fantastic and several ideas have been incorporated into the design. Have a look at the slideshow below to see how they got on with making the design: