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 Morley, 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.
Our School Council:
- Learn how to work as a team
- Learn negotiation and collaboration
- Understand that their views are important
- Learn to understand that everyone else's views are just as important
- Learn 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.
- Share information with the group and with their class and collected information from them through surveys, questionnaires and discussion.
We elected new members of the School Council in November after running Democratic class elections. We currently have 8 members from year 1 and year 2. Reception will be joining us in the summer term.
Our first mission was to look after local War veterans when they came to visit our school for our Remembrance Day Service, which we held with the whole school and Northway Playgroup in our school hall. We helped serve drinks and cake, chatted to our visitors and even had to wash up too!
We supported Save the Children in December by wearing Christmas jumpers and encouraging everyone else in school to do so as well. We collected money on the gate in the morning and raised a fantastic amount of money!
In the Spring term, we have been thinking about how we can make a difference around school and we are encouraging all children to walk when they are inside school. We decided to make posters to put up around the school and we are going to talk to each class about making sure they are safe in school, as this is one of our Give Me 5!
Our school council, 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.