Our School Council meets once a week and sessions are led by the Year 6 representatives. One child from each class, from Reception to Year 6, 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', made by the School Council member. It is available for anyone to pop their ideas on a note and put it in the box. At School Council meetings 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.
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.
Special Days/Charity Events
A vital role of School Council is to support a range of different charities. The children think of fun and exciting ways to raise money.
Children in Need is an important fundraising day for our school, from filling in the dots on a giant Pudsey with all our coins, to seeing which class raises the most money in Pudsey's rucksack.
Also, we have organised a Save the Children 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.