Why do we have a School Council?
The School Council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way the school is run and influence decisions that are made within school. We respect and value the thoughts and opinions of our children and, whilst it may not always be possible or practical to do everything they suggest, the children do have some fantastic ideas.
Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of all the other pupils they represent. We want to encourage our pupils to respect the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Our school councillors are
- a good listener and speaker
- a friendly character
- a team player
- keen to make a contribution to improving our school
- able to represent the views of others
- willing to give up some of their time
- able to think of lots of good ideas
- an example to others
What do we do?
Members of the Council take part in discussions and votes and also feedback any relevant information to their class. At times, they are requested to ask their class for ideas or take class votes relating to discussions by the Council.
Our current projects for this year are:
- Recycling initiative: Working along with waste management partner of the school, we are working hard to make sure most of the waste generated by school is recycled and a very small portion goes to the land fill. We have new recycling bins in every classroom to help us segregate the waste straight away in the classroom. This encourages every child in the school to be part of the initiative, to be waste aware and contribute towards being a green school. We are having a ‘waste awareness’ assembly on the 19th June and the School Council are attending a workshop afterwards.
- PTA funding: We are very lucky to receive £250 of funding from the PTA each year. This year we have decided to invest in some new play equipment for the playground.
- Coronation – We loved judging the Coronation ‘Bake Off’ and really enjoyed looking at all the entries. We also ran an assembly for the whole school full of interesting facts.
- Litter picking: We have enthusiastic volunteers across the school, who give up their time during lunch break, to pick any stray litter from the school ground.
- Fundraising bake sale: We enjoyed organising a fundraising bake sale - while polishing our organisational and entrepreneurial skills and having fun - for Electric Umbrella whose cause aligns with our school values and British values of inclusion and tolerance. We managed to raise £210!