All Saints School Council is a proactive group of children elected by their fellow pupils to represent their opinions and think about new ideas to make sure our school stays happy, safe and exciting. The school council takes forward projects on behalf of the children from all classes, and is involved in planning and things like the School Development Plan, governing body meetings and interviewing staff.
To be effective, our school council does the following:
- Represents all pupils and includes as many people as possible
- Takes time to listen to all children and communicate their views
- Feeds back to children about what happened about their views
- Makes things happen – or explains why they can’t!
Our School Council consists of 8 members. 2 from Y3, 2 from Y4, 2 from Y5 and 2 from Y6. The council meets every other week to review actions and plan ahead.
AUTUMN TERM 2019
All Saints C of E primary school are proud to have elected student representatives that will take part in Class and School Council meetings. These councils are in place so that pupils have a voice and are involved in decisions about the school that affect them.
THE SELECTION PROCESS
The representative were elected through a democratic process; whereby, they had to write an application form expressing their desire to do the job and also highlight any ideas they had; that would enhance the school and the school community. They had to present themselves to their class and the rest of the children had to decide who they felt would do the best job.
Two children from each class in KS2 where elected and they will now have the opportunity to raise issues, share ideas and take part in discussions that involve all of their classmates in reaching a democratic solution.
WHO ARE THEY?
Eight children were elected and they were presented to the rest of the school, along with them receiving their official School Council badges. Photographs of each one will also be on the School Council board in the main reception shortly and this ensures that all children are aware of who they are if they need any advice or have any ideas they would like to be brought up in a school council meeting.
WHAT WILL THEY BE INVOLVED IN?
Wider issues that arise are discussed further at School Council, this ensures that as many pupil voices as possible are heard. Pupils at All Saints know that this is their school and their thoughts and ideas matter.
- Class council officials are nominated and then voted in by their class mates – they are not be chosen by their teachers.
- They will be involved in writing an action plan for the year ahead.
- The Chair will lead the meetings with you a teacher assisting with the
- An ‘agenda’ will be presented in advance of meetings to ensure that all representatives are aware of what they will be discussing.
- Children will jot any issues, concerns, worries or ideas etc. that they wish to discuss at the class council meeting.
- At the meeting the Chair will raise the first item on the agenda and invite the person who wrote it to explain their point of view.
- The Chair will invites the rest of the class to discuss the matter and reach some sort of resolution.
- The Secretary then makes a note of what has been decided in the minutes and they will be uploaded on the website.
The School Council were very busy during the first term as they were involved in the recruitment process for the school’s new Head teacher. This was a huge responsibility, but one that they embraced and took on in a very professional manner.
During their first official meeting they had to devise a list of questions that they would like to ask as part of the interview. They also had to ask the rest of their class for ideas and suggestions.
Once they had compiled their list they selected twelve quality questions. They all had one question to ask and had to note down the responses from the candidates. They did an amazing job and the feedback from all the Senior Lead ship Team was extremely positive.
Here are the questions they came up with:
- What were your first impressions of this school when you came to look around?
- We are really happy with our school but what will you do to make our school even better?
- How would you help children to have fun while learning?
- Why do you want to be head teacher of our school?
- How do you think children with Special Education Needs should be supported?
- Tell us your favourite joke.
- Why do you think we should choose you as our new head teacher?
- What did you enjoy most when you were at school?
- What’s the best lesson you ever taught and why?
- If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be doing?
- Who do you most admire and why?
- What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
FRIENDSHIP AND KINDNESS WEEK - 11.11.2019 – 15.11.2019
During the week, the whole school will be focusing on ‘Friendship and Kindness’. The School Council have some great activities for the classes to do, so all children will be involved in becoming a better friend and showing more kindness towards each other.
In 2017 - 2018 the School Council were successful in:
- Selecting and purchasing new equipment for the playground
- Raising money for Cancer Research UK
- Researching school lunches in other schools to develop a pre-ordering system at All Saints.
In 2018 - 2019, the School Council are undertaking the following projects:
- Organising a 'Headteacher for the Day' campaign;
- Launching 'Big Friend's Little Friends' - an initiative which will give Y6 children the responsibility to mentor the new Reception children;
- Visit the Houses of Parliament in London to learn more about UK democracy and the role of government;
- Raising money to buy fixed play equipment on the large playground.