One boy and one girl from each class are democratically elected on to the School Council, following being nominated and then preparing their ‘election campaign’. There are three classes in each year group so there are 24 pupils on the SPJS School Council.
Their first job is to gather ideas from their classes on which charities the children would like to support during the year. A short list of four is then drawn up and the councillors prepare slideshows with information about them to share in an assembly so that all pupils can make informed choices on the charities they wish to support.
One of their main roles during the year is to be intermediaries between the school senior leaders and their class peers. They lead discussions within their classes on any new initiatives in order that the thoughts and views of all the children can be taken into account. They also have a chance to voice any worries or concerns on behalf of their peers at council meetings so that we can constantly work together to continue to make improvements to our school.
During 2016-17, the council planned and ran fundraising activities and worked with WE Schools and Campaigns so that they could help to develop a greater understanding across the school of the importance of water, both at home and abroad.
The School Council meet approximately twice a month with the Deputy Headteacher and they make a real difference to the running of our school. We value their contribution.
Our aim for school council members during the 2016-17 year is to involve them in aspects of the school development plan so that they too are aware of our main school priorities.