Our School Council meets fortnightly to talk about our school. We then meet with our classes to tell everyone what has been discussed and to get their opinions.
Each class in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 vote for 2 school councillors from their class.
What is the role of the School Council?
- To encourage our children to get involved and share their ideas.
- To make the school a safe, happy and fair place.
- To ensure our children’s voices are heard by adults who make decisions which affect them.
What is the job of a School Councillor?
- To go to School Council meetings and take part in discussions
- To let their class know what was talked about at the meetings
- To take the ideas and views of their classmates to the Council
- To lead by example - always showing good behaviour to others
Ms Sinclair asked the School Councillors to have a meeting about the new school lunches starting in September. We wanted to find out the sorts of food the children enjoy eating at home. We also wanted to discuss healthy food options.
The School Councillors were given questionnaires to take back to their classes so that every child had the opportunity to share their ideas about what food they would like served at lunchtime. The results of this will be reflected in the food choices available to the children in September!
This year School Council identified that they would like to make playtimes even more active. They thought this would help to keep them healthy as well as make playtimes even more fun. They brainstormed ideas for how they could make sure everyone had opportunities to be active. The representatives then went back to their classes to discuss their ideas.
The most popular ideas were:
- Put playground markings on the KS1 playground.
- Have music available to dance to.
- Have Play Leaders to organise games.
The school councillors then worked out how to make these happen! This included having a meeting with Ms White (Headteacher) to ask for funding for playground markings. She agreed to this but asked them to come back with ideas for the markings.
They also spoke to Mrs Maycock (Lead SMSA) who agreed to make sure that music is available at lunchtimes. And they asked Mrs Coyle (Responsible for PE) if she would help to set up Play Leaders.
In April the School Councillors were joined by Mrs Allen (School Governor) who told them what her role is at school and then asked the children to explain what they do. She saw them developing ideas for the playground markings which they will now discuss with their classes.
Also the School Councillors have been learning some active games to play, so that they can be Play Leaders.