Classes are currently voting for their School Council representatives.
Elections in each class take place to give all children an opportunity to put themselves forward to become a member of the School Council. During the election, the children give speeches and vote for the candidates. This provides the children with a greater understanding of the British value of democracy and how the political system operates in this country.
Our School Council is made up of two representatives from each class from Years 1 to 6. In the Summer Term, two representatives will join us from Reception Class too. These representatives have the responsibility of sharing the pupil voice and ideas of members of their class. Our Year 6 members have specific roles which are: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
All of our representatives attend regular meetings to discuss views and ideas, creating plans and carrying out tasks. Before each meeting, an agenda is created, by our Chair and Vice-Chair, minutes are taken by our Secretary and an action plan is created, reviewed or updated by the Vice-Chair and Treasurer. Each meeting will be run by the Chair and representatives will share the views of their class. Representatives report back to and gain feedback from their class about the areas discussed at meetings to ensure every child in school has a voice. They will also work alongside adults in school to empower the children to have a role in the decision-making processes of the school. The Treasurer will also update staff about the School Council's fundraising activities.
Autumn Term 1 Project - Improve Our Lunchtimes
The School Council have begun their first project to make lunchtimes even better. The School Council met with our Senior Midday Supervisor Mrs Anderson to discuss the play equipment children in school would like to have to play with during lunchtime.
Our next steps for this project will be discussed at our upcoming meeting on 12/10/21.
Autumn 2 Project - Playground Markings
The School Council has been busy again working hard to improve break times and lunchtimes. They worked together to choose new playground markings. The children split into two teams - Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 to represent everyone in school when they made their decisions. The representatives for each class discussed their ideas with the children in their classes. The Year 6 members then had a meeting to discuss their final choices with Mr Betts. The playground markings have now been painted on the playground and all of the children in school are really enjoying them.
Spring Term 1 – Hot School Meals and Pupil Forum
The children have been tasting meals from different hot school meal providers and giving their points of view in the following meeting. Before tasting, they considered what would make a good hot school meal and they asked plenty of questions during the tasting to help them form their opinions. The Year 6 representatives have then passed on the School Council’s views to Mr Betts to help him decide about future hot school meals.
The School Council has also been involved in the interview process for a new member of staff in school. They were part of the Pupil Forum task. This important role made sure the pupil’s voice was considered during this process.
Another successful term for the School Council who are making a big impact and improving the school in lots of different ways – well done!