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.
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.
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 20 choices, discussing the practicalities of each club and who would be best to run them. The council were then given ten voting counters each and asked to vote on their favourite. This year’s clubs are:
Gymnastics Club Dance Club Country/Running Club
Christmas Club Book Club Singing Club
Maths Whizz Club Football Club Art Club
The School Council have also voted on a drawing club, part run by some of the Toftwood Junior School children.
Children in Need
This year the School Council helped to organise collecting donations for Children in Need. The Council asked the children in Miss Hooper’s ‘Tech Cadets’ club to design and make collection boxes. Once the donation boxes had been collected, our treasurer helped the adults to calculate the total. Thank you everybody!
Delivering Christmas Cards
The School Council have been discussing the importance of the local community to the school. As a result of our discussions it was decided that this Christmas we would make and deliver Christmas cards to the residents that live directly around our school. The children worked hard on their designs and the secretary created a Christmas message for the inside. In the final week before the Christmas holidays we hand delivered our cards. Our chair person said to the council that he hoped the resident’s enjoyed receiving the Christmas cards.
“It must be a bit noisy living near a school, so it is nice to say thank you”.
This half term saw the new class council representatives elected. The new School Council were given the job of helping Mrs Sutterby with Book Week. They were asked to lead discussions within their class on which books the children would like to add to their book corners from the Book Fair. The Council also helped to design and create the Julia Donaldson themed certificates for the book week competitions.