We have an active and enthusiastic school council made up of two children from each class. These children have been voted for by their peers and their job includes representing their classmates by finding out and sharing their ideas, issues and views at council meetings, feeding back information to their classes, representing the school when we have visitors, and being involved in fundraising.
Our school council meet at least once a month with Mrs Gibson, and this provides an opportunity for the children in our school to share their 'voice' and to find ways to make our school and community even better. The views and ideas of the children really do influence school decisions.
As an example, our school council this last year have been very active in seeking the views of their peers when deciding on the layout and design of the playground and which line markings and activities the children most wanted to have on the playground. The children had to feedback the results of the surveys and then decide on which items could be purchased within the budget, which our incredible home school had managed to raise, and then the children helped to plan the layout.
The School Council sought and shared the views of their peers again when deciding on the meal choices that they wished to have on our school dinner menus and then our school councillors shared these views in a meeting with our catering company.
On the last Friday of every month the school councillors work through assembly time buttering toast for our ‘Toast Stop’. The councillors then sell the toast to the children in the playground and the money they raise goes to charity. This year our charity has been ‘Just Different’, which is a registered charity that creates positive social attitudes towards disability and difference among children and young people. People from the charity came in and did a presentation to the children about the charity and how the money they raise is used.
This year our school council have;
- Learnt how to work as a team
- Learnt negotiation and collaboration
- Understood that their views are important
- Learnt to understand that everyone else's views are just as important
- Learnt to understand that their role is to share the views of the other members of their class, even if they do not share the same opinion.
- Shared information within the group and with their class and collected information from them through surveys, questionnaires and discussion.