The School’s Council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way our school is run. The School Council benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made within school.
School Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of all the other pupils they represent.
Every year the children elect class council representatives who will speak and act for their peers at school council. The children prepare manifestos and deliver presentations during their campaign for election and voting is carried out privately and professionally.
What does the School Council do?
Members of the Council take part in discussions and votes and also feedback any relevant information to their class. At times they are requested to ask their class for ideas or take votes relating to discussions by the Council. Members meet regularly with Mrs Edwards to discuss school issues, solve problems and find ways that the children can make positive contributions to the school and its community.
Not only are the School Council expected to hold the occasional fund-raising event during the year to support our school, they are also tasked to think of ways that the school can strengthen its links with the local community – if you have any suggestions please forward them to a member of the School Council.
We have an active School Council with boys and girls representing their fellow pupils from year 1 to year six. The members elect roles within the council.
Roles of our School Council:
Chairperson: The Chairperson runs the meetings. First, they read through the previous minutes to check they are a true reflection of what happened; if all members agree, the minutes are signed. The chair then forms and shares the meeting’s agenda with the school council and works through this.
Vice Chairperson: The Vice Chairperson needs to be prepared to lead the meeting if the Chair is absent. They also support the Chair in their role, when required.
Governor Liaison Officer: The Governor Liaison Officer writes reports for the School’s governing body. They tell governors about all the things the council has achieved and all the ideas they have to improve their school. They are also responsible for updating the School Council display board.
Secretary: The secretary takes notes (minutes) in all meetings and ensures there are enough copies to be looked at for the next meeting. It is also their responsibility to take the register at meetings.
Treasurer: The treasurer records any money raised, donated or spent for the school council.
Committee Members: These members listen to the Chairperson and contribute their own, and the ideas of their class, and vote for any ideas put forward.
School Council purpose:
We are the voice of the students, enabling decision making to be fair.
We aim to get things done; to find ways to improve our school.
School Council meetings are held every week in Tigers. For the meeting to go ahead there must be at least eight council members present. Decisions will be made using either a hands up or blind voting system. If a decision can’t be reached, it will be put to the whole school. All ideas and questions are put to classes/whole school before they are voted on at school council.
School Council Code of Conduct (as agreed by the School Council)
An effective School Council is….
One that represents the views of all students and gets things done through:
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES- A School Council Initiative
Eating fruit is good for your health, Only if you eat little portions of it each day [5 A DAY]. Fruit is a good source of natural sugar,it is low in calories, high in energy and can be grown easily at home.
Eating vegetables is also good for your health because it reduces the risk of many diseases and provides a source of nutrients including, Potassium, Fiber, Folic acid and vitamins, A, E and C. Broccoli, Spinach, Tomatoes and Garlic are known as superfoods. If you eat too much fruit and vegetables it can cause laxative effects which means you have a bad belly, this is why you should keep your diet balanced. As fruit contains a lot of natural sugar it can damage your teeth so you need to balance how much fruit you eat. It is important to eat fruit and vegetables as part of a balanced diet to stay healthy.
The School Council have decided to introduce a healthy eating initiative at lunchtimes. If you eat all your vegetables or salad just show an adult at lunchtime and you will be given a raffle ticket. The raffle tickets will be drawn every half term and you could win a plant to take home, it could be a tomato plant, strawberry plant or something else you can grow and eat at home!
Don’t worry if you have packed lunch, you can join in too, just make sure you show an adult that you’ve eaten your salad or vegetables and you can get a raffle ticket.