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A school council is group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school. 'School council' means all kinds of school-based groups run by students. In our school, the School Council is a mixture of children from Year 1 and Year 2, who are voted for by children within their class. 

 

During September and October, children in our KS1 classes have been learning about what a school council is and taking part in a range of fun activities that helped them develop their understanding of how we can vote for children to be representatives on our school council. Children from our Foundation Stage classes will join the School Council later on in the academic year.

 

Through this work around the school council, we are enabling children to:

• Have the opportunity to let adults know their feelings and opinions about things that affect them

• Have a say about decisions, and to play an active role in making their school a better place

• Develop life skills through participation and co-operation

• Enjoy and feel empowered by their education

• Feel that their school responds to their needs and views

 

Our new members have now been voted for and decided! Find below pictures of our very excited new school council for 2018/2019.

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Here are our minutes from our school council meetings.

 

 

School Council Meeting 13/11/18

Present-

Mrs. Lilley.

Lema, Roshen, Grace, Ehsaan, Subhaan, Arfa, Bethany, Hassan, Veronika, Zidane.

 

I welcomed the children to the council and we all introduced ourselves.

We discussed why we need a council and why the children have been voted to be the representatives. They came up with some lovely answers!

They decided as a group what they need to do to be a successful school council.

It’s important to respect ideas- even if they aren’t your own ideas and even if you don’t agree. Other people’s opinions count!

They need to be good listeners.

It’s important to be good at thinking about ideas and remembering things.

We have to share ideas with our own classes and with the school council in meetings.

We are honest.

We can stand up for ourselves and for all the children in school.

We thought that we could make this into a school council pledge

Maybe everyone could discuss this in class and let us know if you’d like us to add anything to the pledge before it is finalised!

We discussed school in general and the council talked about things that they were happy with and things that they would like to change. All children were talking about things that they would like to add the playground. Such things as a zip wire, bigger slide and swings! We discussed these ideas and decided that it might not be such a good idea as these things are expensive and not particularly safe. The children decided that they are lucky to have the things that we already have in the playground. They are safe and good fun.

 

I asked the children about school dinners and if they are happy with the choices for main meals and salad bar. They said that they would like to have more input into the choices. I said I would ask Mrs. Peart to see if this is possible.

Please discuss school meals in classes. If children could have an input into school meals, what foods would the children ask for?

What would they like to see more of on the salad bar?

 

We will have another meeting on Tuesday 27th November.

Please discuss ideas for school lunch and salad bar and any other suggestions to be included in ‘The School Council Pledge.’

School Council Meeting 4/12/18

Present-

Mrs. Lilley.

Lema, Roshen, Ben, Ehsaan, Subhaan, Arfa, Bethany, Hassan, Veronika, Zidane.

(Grace unable to attend due to Choir practice)

 

I welcomed the children to the council.

First on the agenda today was school lunches. The children had discussed the salad bar in class and all said they would like to make some changes. They said that they would like the salad bar to contain fresh fruit every day. Some children said that they would like to have fruit salad as their dessert as it is a very healthy option. They suggested strawberries, grapes, banana, Kiwi, apple, blueberries and raspberries. I said I would ask Mrs Peart to see if this is possible.

They children reported that they are genera;;y happy with the school meals and say that there’s lots of choice and always something that they like to eat.

 

The discussion went on to the playground. The children said that they would like to brighten up the train! They suggested painting it in bright colours to freshen it up.

We went on to discuss being healthy. The children suggested ways that we can try to keep healthy in school. They suggested walking to school or park and stride. Coming to school on bikes or scooters. Exercising more, playing football and taking part in the golden mile. They currently get a sticker if they do the golden mile. Maybe we could set up a mini competition to encourage more children to do the mile each day.

 

We discussed the pledge again and children are happy with the ideas. We looked at the UNICEF ‘summary of the rights of the child’ document and found that Article 13 (freedom of expression) fits in perfectly with what our school council want to achieve. ‘Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information as long as it is within the law’.

We will be having our next council meeting in January as the next fortnight will be very busy in school. Date to be confirmed.

School Council Meeting 15/1/19

Present- Mrs Lilley, Lema, Roshen, Grace, Ehsaan,Subhan, Arfa, Bethany, Hassan, Veronika, Zidane.

 

I welcomed the children to the first council meeting of the new year.

First we discussed the idea of wanting more fresh fruit available on the salad bar. We still have not have chance to talk to the cook and her team about this yet, as things are very busy at lunchtimes. We came up with the idea of writing a letter to them from the council asking if it would be possible. I said I would put a letter together before the next meeting. All the council could sign it and we could give it to the cook and the wait to see what happens!

We the talked about the pledge and I asked the council where we should display it. I suggested that we could put a poster on the council display. However, Lema said that it might be nice to make speech bubbles to put with the council’s photographs on the display, rather than a poster. I thought this was a lovely idea and all the children agreed.

I then told the council that Miss Weston needed their help with something. She had told me that certain areas of school keep getting really messy and the grown-ups in school have to keep tidying up. She wanted to know if the children had any ideas how they could help. The council came up with the idea of splitting the school into 5 areas and each KS1 class could be responsible for keeping this area tidy. The areas could change each half term and each class could choose monitors each week to go and tidy their area at regular intervals throughout the week. (Maybe 3 times each week at a convenient time for you!)

The areas are the computer suite, the corridor, library area, corridor books and the school entrance area.

For the rest of this half term, please could class 1 be the computer suite monitors, class 2 the school entrance, class 3 the library area, class 4 the corridor books and class 5 the corridor monitors. 2 children from the class could be monitors and these can be changed weekly.

I have sent a poster for the wall for each class’ area.

The school council are going keep their beady eyes open and will check that the monitors are doing their jobs!

Any other business.

Children in class 3 and 4 said that the cloakroom gets very crowded and sometimes children get hurt from pushing and shoving. They asked if teachers could remind children about not wasting time in there and coming out as soon as they have been to their pegs. Children also need to be sensible and wait outside for it clear if it does look too crowded. They must not push and shove their way in.

Next meeting… Tuesday 29th January.

 

School Council Meeting 29/01/19

Present-

Mrs. Lilley.

Lema, Roshen, Grace, Ehsaan, Subhaan, Arfa, Bethany, Hassan, Veronika, Zidane.

 

I welcomed the children to the council.

First we discussed how the ‘Respecto’ monitors are doing and if school in general seems to be more tidy and organised?

Class 2, class 4 and class 5 children told us that monitors have been chosen, their names are displayed so that everybody knows who they are and they are working hard to help to keep school tidy.

Class 1 and class 3 children weren’t sure if monitors have been chosen yet or not. The council asked if this could be put in place by the end of this week so that we can make sure monitors are up and running after February half term.

I asked the children if they had started using ‘Fitness 4 fun’ yet in classrooms. Some of the children were familiar with it, others weren’t sure. I explained that, after talking to several members of staff, it is quite a big job to keep inputting everybody’s fitness data into this each day. I asked the children for suggestions as to how we can make this easier. Somebody suggested that maybe they could put their own data into the system at home. I did say this is possible and I can provide each child with their own log on to use at home. We can just look at it once a week in school to see how everybody is doing.

So, I will be talking to teachers and will organise this to start as soon as possible.

I showed the children our letter to the cook about more fresh fruit to be available at lunchtime. All the council signed it and Grace was chosen to hand it directly to cook at lunchtime. We will eagerly await her reply!

The children are happy with the ‘School Council Pledge’ speech bubbles and these are now on display on our council board.

Next meeting. Tuesday 26th February 2019.

 

 

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