The school’s council is made up of children from across the year groups and a teacher. There is a chairperson, a treasurer and a secretary as well as two elected representatives from each class.
They meet once a fortnight to discuss issues raised in their class council meetings. The children have worked hard with this and many of their ideas have been implemented in school already. We always look forward to their next recommendations.
The children are consulted on important school decisions, conduct class discussions, vote on issues important to them, and have even interviewed candidates for teaching posts in the past.
Compliments and Acts of Kindness
During the period of Lent this year the Infant School Council decided to run our annual ‘Compliments Week’ alongside an ‘Acts of Kindness’ challenge!
The School Council challenged all year groups to show an act of kindness towards others to make them smile. Suggestions to complete this challenge included helping teachers with classroom jobs, helping the younger children with their trays in the dinner hall, giving up some time to help tidy the library, litter picking, reading and playing games with the reception and nursery children. Lots of children took up the challenge!
During our compliments week the children were reminded of how giving a compliment can boost someone’s confidence and self-esteem. The children were asked to write out a compliment slip for any adult or child in the school. We collected these compliment slips in a post box over the week and distributed them during a special assembly.
Children in Need 2018
For Children in Need 2018 the children from the School Council decided to raise money by holding a non-school uniform day with a theme of ‘Show your Spots’. The council created their own posters to advertise the event and made collection pots for the donations. On the day the School Council members ensured that all the donations were collected and brought safely to the school office. The Federation raised a total of £750. Well done everyone!
Voting for Lunchtime Clubs
The School Council have been busy this half term discussing lunchtime clubs. It was decided that the children should have the final say into the types of clubs that they would like the teachers to run over the coming year. Each class council representative led a discussion in their classroom to create lists of the most popular choices and brought them back to the follow up meeting. As a council we looked through the lists and narrowed them down to 10 choices, discussing the practicalities of each club and who would be best to run them. The council were then given six voting counters each and asked to vote on their favourite. This year’s favourite clubs are:
- Christmas Club
- Lego Club
- Science Club
- Superhero Club
- First Aid Club
- Dinosaur Club
The teachers will be running various sports clubs throughout the year to coincide with trips and events. A group of Year 6 pupils are also organising an Art and Games club to run for the infant children.
Year 2 Hustings
At the beginning of the Autumn Term Year 2 were very busy taking part in their Hustings and friendship week. A chairperson, treasurer and secretary needed to be elected to run the School Council for the coming year. Two candidates for each position were put forward from each Year 2 class. During the week their supporters created rosettes and banners to use during the candidate’s final speech to the children. All the children were asked to vote for their preferred candidate.