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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 2017/2018.

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Here are our minutes from our school council meetings.

 

 

School Council Meeting

Tuesday 7th November

Present- Mrs Lilley, Ghyll, Kim, Oliver, Sophie, Shresta, Eesa, Amelia and Joshua.

 

We started our meeting by introducing ourselves and made sure that the children all knew each other’s names.

We talked about why we are here and why we need a school council. The children had lots of ideas!

Ghyll said, ’the council is there to do important deals’. Kim agreed and she added that we need to try to make our school even better for everybody.

Sophie suggested that the school council needs to ‘ invent new ideas and come up with fun things and activities for the school.’

We went on to discuss what makes a good school councillor and why they think they were voted into the council. All the children knew what they had to do and how they had to be like the Sitwell Superheroes to make a good team. They said that they had to be most like Communication Crusader. They needed to be able to listen, join in with discussion, feedback to classes about what has been discussed at meetings and bring back ideas for the council to talk about.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 21st November

Before next meeting…

Please can councillors complete the enclosed questionnaire with classes?

The council came up with these questions and they hope the answers will give them an idea of what we need to work on to make sure our school is the best it can be.

If you have your school council folder from last year, please bring it to the next meeting.

I will send out school council tickets on the day of the next meeting to remind the councillors to go in to lunch early on that day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Council Questionnaire

November 2018

 

What do you think is working well in school? Think about playtime, lunchtimes, corridor behaviour, marbles, wet playtimes etc…

What could be made better in school?

Do you like the after school clubs? Why? Could they be better in any way?

Can you think of anything else that the council need to know about?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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School Council Meeting

Tuesday 21st November

Present- Mrs Peart,Mrs Lilley, Aafiah, Zain, Ghyll, Kim, Oliver, Sophie, Shresta, Eesa, Amelia and Joshua.

 

Mrs Peart joined us for today’s meeting as she has some important and exciting news for us. She also needs the school council’s help with something.

The local councillors have offered our school some money to use on resources to make school better. £500!!

This money needs to be spent before the end of march.

We have to decide as a school which area we would like to spend this money on.

We have three options to choose from…

  • Sport and leisure (can include PE equipment or outdoor play equipment.)
  • Art and creativity (indoor or oudoor)
  • Nature and outdoors.

Mrs Peart has asked the school council to tell their classes about this money and to have a vote on which of the three above areas they would like to spend the money on.

These votes need to be collected and noted down in the space provided at the end of these minutes.

Each child can only vote once. The numbers will be collected at the next council meeting. The area with most votes will get the money!

Next we will need to have more discussion and voting to decide exactly what we would like to spend this money on.

 

Any other business?

Kim said that the hall is still too noisy and lunchtimes and asked why the music was taken away. Ghyll said that it was too loud with music anyway. I agreed and explained that if we have music on, children’s voices get louder and louder and the dinnerhall would probably get even worse.

All the council asked if we can bring back the marbles in the dinner hall.

I suggested that we should ask classes and teachers what they think and we can discuss it further.

 

Thank you to classes 5,2,and 4 for bringing their school council folders to the meeting. Thank you to class 5 and class 4 for sharing the minutes and completing the questionnaire.

Please could other classes bring their folders from last year to the next meeting, with shared minutes and completed questionnaires if possible. Many thanks!

Next meeting

Tuesday 5th December.

 

 

Votes from classes

 

  • Sport and leisure (can include PE equipment or outdoor play equipment.)

 

 

  • Art and creativity (indoor or oudoor)

 

 

 

 

  • Nature and outdoors.

 

 

 

 

Any other notes.

School Council Meeting

Tuesday 19 th December

Present- Mrs Lilley, Aafiah, Zain, Ghyll, Kim, Oliver, Sophie, Shresta, Eesa, Amelia and Joshua.

 

Thank you to all classes! Everyone has now returned their voting sheets. This is great, as we can now send in our application for the money for new resources.

The results are as follows..

 

  • Sport and leisure.
  • Art and creativity (indoor or outdoor)
  • Nature and outdoors

 

We now need to have more discussion and voting to decide exactly what we would like to spend this money on in this area.

 

Next meeting…

Tuesday 16th January. 12.00 . In class 6.

 

Please bring along ideas from classes about what you would like to spend the money on!

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School Council Meeting

Tuesday 30th January

Present- Mrs Lilley, Ghyll, Kim, Oliver, Sophie, Shresta, Eesa, Amelia and Joshua.

Visitors from Foundation Aminah, Haleema and Carter.

 

We welcomed our visitors from foundation and briefly explained what the school council is here for and what we do.

 

I started by saying that the money grant for out nature and outdoors has been applied for and hopefully we will be able to make a start on our ideas and start creating and buying things very soon! The children are very excited so watch this space!

I then asked the council about school in general and if anything needs to be sorted to improve school life and make things even better.

Amelia said that she is not happy about the way children look after toys and resources in school. She said that some children don’t act like Respecto. She went on to suggest that each class should have toy monitors to keep an eye on what is going on and help children to be like Respecto. Maybe on a timetable/rota?

Kim said that she thinks that children are being unkind outside, mainly at lunchtimes. She thinks that children need reminding about being like Captain Kindness and Gentle Guardian all the time.

How could we do this? Posters? Please discuss this in class and bring ideas to the next meeting.

Amelia asked if the bug hotel can be moved to a more accessible place? She said that the children can’t get to it in winter when they can’t go on the grass. I reminded the children that we will be working on the outdoor area when we get our grant, so this can be included in our project and become a big part of our outdoor nature area.

Next meeting

Tuesday 27th February

School Council Meeting Tuesday 27th February.

 

Present- Mrs Lilley, Ghyll, Kim, Oliver, Sophie, Shresta, Eesa, Amelia and Joshua Aafiah and Zain.

Visitors from Foundation William, Olivia and Aminah.

 

We welcomed the visitors from foundation and briefly explained about what the school council do.

We discussed the idea from last meeting about making posters to remind children to be like Captain Kindness and Gentle Guardian. All classes agreed that it would be a good idea to have posters and would like to design their own. The school council thought that it might be fun to have a poster competition.. The school council could judge the posters and decide on 2 winners from each class. These posters can then be laminated and displayed around school.

Would it be possible for everyone to design posters around being like Captain Kindness and Gentle Guardian by the 19th March? This could be done as a morning job or part of a homework task.

School council could judge them in a meeting on the 20th March and we will display them around school after Easter.

The children were also concerned that some children weren’t being like Respecto with regards to looking after property. This is a shame as we should all take care of our things.

Our school is having a focus on Respecto this month so this is a good time to sort this problem out. Everyone liked the idea of having ‘Respecto’ monitors in each class to keep a check on things. Maybe 2 very sensible (bronze award) children from each class could be chosen to keep a check on things. They could praise children who are being like Respecto and maybe take photos of them to put on a display. They could also remind children who are forgetting to be like Respecto and give them warnings. If their behaviour continues, they would be reported to a grown up. They could carry yellow and red cards. A yellow card could be their first warning and a red card would be the final warning.

Could all classes start choosing children to be monitors from Monday 12th March onwards? 2 children to be chosen on a Monday and they will be monitors or a full week. I will make resources for this and send out before Monday.

Next meeting Tuesday 20th March. Please have the poster entries ready by Monday 19th March.

 

Please could you also take 5 minutes to complete our annual school council survey? We like to check that everyone is happy with how the school council is working and if we can make it any better.

Many thanks!

School Council Meeting

Tuesday 17th April.

 

Present- Mrs Lilley Aaafia, Zain, Kim, Ghyll, Oliver, Sophie, Eesa, Shresta, Amelia, Josh,

F2 visitors- Sanaa, Zaiba, Oscar.

ZL welcomed everybody and welcomed our visitors from F2. Briefly explained to them what the school council is for and what we do.

Our big job for today was to judge the Captain Kindness and Gentle Guardian posters. Our plan was to choose 2 from each class and end up with 16 posters to display around school. However, not all classes sent entries, so we decided to choose 16 from the selection we had.

All the children were involved in the judging and gave reasons why they chose certain posters. We narrowed it down to 16 and here are the winners.

Datha ,Isaac Scott, Oscar, Amelia Shabir, Olivia Beighton, Veda, Zsa, Darcie, Anja, Harry, Grace, Charlotte Weaver, Bethany Herne, Ehsaan, Namish and Eliza. Well done to all these children. Watch out for your posters being displayed around school very soon!

We also went on to discuss whether the Respecto monitors are working well. Most classes have these up and running and the council are happy that these monitors are helping to remind children to be like Respecto

This is great and hopefully it will carry on like this and we can all remember to be like Respecto.

Thank you to the classes who completed our survey! The results are positive and it seems that everybody is happy with the school council’s work and the changes that we make.

The children think that our council listen to them and their ideas and they are good at sharing these ideas at the meetings. It was noted, however, that some children think that teachers need to share the meeting minutes more regularly!

It was lovely to see some suggestions on the survey to say how we can make the council even better.

One class asked for a suggestion box. There is a post box on the notice board for suggestions and ideas from everybody in school. Please feel free to send us some messages!

It was also suggested that councillors could wear badges so that everyone knows who they are. We can definitely look into this idea.

Next meeting- Tuesday 1st May 12.00

School Council Meeting

Monday 23rd April.

 

Present- Mrs Peart, Mrs Lilley Aaafia, Zain, Kim, Ghyll, Oliver, Sophie, Eesa, Shresta, Amelia, Josh,

F2 visitors- Jamaal, Emma-Kate, Georgie.

 

Mrs Peart called for an extra school council meeting today as she needed to talk to the council about two important things.

  1. Mrs Peart asked the children about how the Respecto monitors were working out in school. All the children agreed that children are being much more like Respecto now that we have monitors to keep a check on this. They are being changed every week so that lots of children get a chance to be a monitor. One class hadn’t got monitors up and running yet, so the councillors will remind their teacher about it.

Mrs Peart introduced the Energy Consuption Certificate to the council and explained that it shows how energy efficient our school is and are we saving energy and being kind to the environment? It has to be displayed in the entrance hall for all to see. Unfortunately our energy consumption has got higher and we are using much more energy each year. We think that lights and computers etc are being left on when we aren’t using them so we are wasting energy. We need to be more careful and try to save energy. This will not only help the environment and help to save our planet, but will save the school money too.

Mrs Peart has asked if the Respecto monitors could help with this problem and be eco-monitors too? So, they aren’t only watching out for people being respectful to each other and to property, but also to the environment. School council agreed that this was a good idea.

So, Respecto monitors need to make sure people are turning off taps so that we don’t waste water. Computers, lights, smartboards and other electrical items need to be off when they aren’t being used.

We are currently at D rating for energy consumption. Can we raise this to C, B or even A?

 

2 – Mrs Peart also wanted to ask the school council about ideas for the end of year prize for Hearts of Gold children. This is such a great achievement and these children deserve a very special treat at the end of the year. We already have one gold badge winner in school and we hope to have a lot more by the end of the year. The council came up with some lovely suggestions. An extra playtime was suggested but everyone agreed that the treat should be even more exciting than this! So the council went on to suggest a visit to a play area, Aquarium visit or a private party.

Please can everyone discuss in classes ideas for this treat? Please bring suggestions our next meeting to discuss with Mrs. Peart and Mrs. Lilley on Tuesday 1st May at 12.00 in class 6.

 

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