Why do we have a School Council?
- Pupil voice: Our school councillors are elected representatives of their class and represent their views. They play an important role in helping our adults understand the children’s perspectives and opinions, so we can all work together to make our school a better place to learn.
- British Values: Every year we hold elections to vote for new councillors and school council hold ballots to help make important decisions throughout the school year. Active participation in democracy sows the seed for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future.
- Rights Respecting: School Council work towards our goal to be a Rights Respecting School. Article 12, I have the right to be listened to, and taken seriously, is at the heart of the School Council’s ethos. We make sure that all our children feel supported and able to share their views about their school experience.
What does the School Council do?
- Pupil voice: We meet fortnightly with Miss Hamer to make sure that children are always involved in the planning of our day-to-day school life. Recently we conducted a survey, so children’s voices were heard about activities available in OPAL playground, created reflective prayer stations during Lent and Advent, sold Poppies and interviewed candidates for jobs in our school.
- Global citizens: We try to help people in our community and around the world to access their rights through fundraising. This year we have organised a funfair in aid of MacMillan, a photo competition in aid of Comic Relief and a poppy sale in aid of the British Royal Legion.
- Rights Respecting: We are advocates for social justice, fairness and children’s rights. We do loads of work to promote Rights in school, such as assemblies, making posters and helping to make Rights an integral part of all aspects of school life.