Our School Council meets once a week and sessions are led by the Year 6 representatives. One child from each class (with the exception of Reception classes) represent their own class on the School Council. The children are elected to the School Council by their peers. They take whole school issues and ideas from their own class councils and feed them into the School Council. They also share ideas and decisions from School Council with their class. Decisions made within School Council can, and do, have a real impact on the rest of the school.
Our school council aims to ensure that all pupils have a voice and a safe, happy, fair learning environment. The sessions are a forum to voice concerns and act upon them and it ensures the children gain a sense of ownership over policy and practice. Throughout the year, the children are involved in charity fundraising events, a range of exciting trips and projects such as gardening and improvement work.
School Council Ideas Box
The School Council have an 'ideas box' called the SCIB. It is available for anyone to pop their ideas on a note and put it in the box. At every School Council meeting the box is emptied, the notes are read out and the members discuss the ideas to see if there is anything they can do to bring them to life.
Our School Council plays a very active role in encouraging children in school to lead a healthy lifestyle. We hold regular 'Scoot to School' weeks, where children are encouraged to walk, cycle or scoot to school rather than come by car. We have also been promoting the idea of healthy snacks in school and we have seen a big reduction in the number of children bringing crisps and biscuits in for snacks. The School Council have also been looking into the issue of healthy lunchboxes and coming up with ideas that can be given to parents.
All of the members of the School Council take a turn at being on the 'Green Team'. This involves them checking classrooms at break time and lunchtime to ensure that lights and monitors have been turned off and that heating thermostats are set at a reasonable temperature. The School Council have also raised enough money to purchase paper recycling bins for every classroom and these are emptied regularly by our caretaker.
We continue to think about how we can improve the green credentials of our school and this is always an open item on our agendas.
Litter Nipper Pickers
One of our more popular initiatives is the creation of the role of 'Litter Nipper Pickers'. Council members take it in turn to patrol the playground collecting and removing litter using litter pickers. The children identified the problem of litter as something they wished to tackle and then raised enough money to purchase bibs, baseball caps and litter pickers for the team. The school also helped by buying some extra litter bins for the playground. As a result our playgrounds have been much tidier.
Each week two members of the School Council inspect every cloakroom for tidiness. Each cloakroom is given a score and the tidiest cloakroom wins a certificate for the class that is responsible for it. This has provided some real motivation to children to keep their space tidy.
Members of the School Council have been busy recently sorting through all of the lost property in school. Property that is named can be easily returned to the owner. Unfortunately, lots of property is not named. The School Council members would like to urge parents to make sure that all items of uniform and other personal property is named.
Recently, we have organised a Christmas Jumper Day. All of the children had the opportunity to design, draw or buy a Christmas jumper and come into school wearing it. There was a competition to win house points and everyone enjoyed a fun activity.