How our members are elected
Members of our school council are elected each year by their peers. They serve for one academic year. They are elected because they want to make our school even better and our learning even more powerful for everyone. Their opinions and input are valued. There are regular opportunities in class for children to share improvement suggestions with their class councillors. Our School Council aims to meet at least half-termly, sometimes more frequently if we are working on a project, to discuss suggestions together.
School Council Actions in previous years
In previous years, following decisions by the School Council, we purchased a fish tank, introduced a new reading reward scheme, created posters on what makes a good learner and bought additional play equipment for the toy shed. Last year, the School Council thought about the effectiveness of our feedback policy, how we challenge ourselves in Maths, increasing choice when ordering a school dinner and making sure we all get to school safely. They also led a whole school initiative about Global Neighbours.
Current School Council Projects
Currently, in 2018-19, the School Council has continued the work on promoting the importance of Global Neighbours and appointed Global Neighbour representatives. They decided to support the Salvation Army by collecting old school uniform. Following the collection for Christian Aid at the Harvest Service, the School Council voted to support the World Wildlife Fund using money from the collection in the KS2 Christmas Carol Service. The School Council are also currently reviewing tablet use/ screen time and impact on children throughout the school.
In July, some of the School Council visited Tesco in New Milton where their Community Champion took them around both the store and the warehouse so that they could learn about how Tesco are trying to help with recycling and what we, as shoppers, can do to help.
Visit to Tesco to Investigate Recycling
As part of the school's ongoing work as Global Neighbours, some of the School Council visited the Tesco store at New Milton to talk with their Community Champion, Amanda, about the work that they are doing as a company to help reduce the negative impact of packaging as well as the decisions that we can make as shoppers.
First, Amanda talked about how shoppers have a choice between packaged fruit or loose fruit. Then the School Council learnt about the difficulties in recycling 'shiny' plastic but how some bread packaging can now be recycled with plastic bags. Amanda then shared all the things that Tesco are doing to reduce waste before having a look around the warehouse and then a final look around the store at the packaging of soft drinks and bathroom products.
The School Council will now prepare a presentation to the whole school to share after the summer holiday.
Recycle with Michael Campaign
The School Council continue to think about ways to encourage children throughout the school to be active Global Neighbours. After looking at different schemes for collecting unwanted clothes, the Council decided that the Salvation Army's 'Recycle with Michael' was an ideal charity to support. Members of the School Council led a whole school collective worship to kick-start the project. See below for their Power Point. We managed to collect 390kg of clothing - in addition to helping support the Salvation Army with their causes, it also raised £45.83 for the school. Thank you everyone who contributed.
To find out more about the school's Global Neighbour work, visit our Global Neighbours page.
Review of use of tablets/ screen time
The School Council completed a survey across the whole school about the children's amount of screen time at home as well as what websites and apps are being used. As a result of this, they are now preparing a presentation to be shown in school and a letter to parents summarising their findings.
Damage to our planet assembly
In Spring 2019, the Year 4 School Council representatives, alongside children from their class, prepared and presented an assembly to the rest of the school about the damage to our planet that is caused by producing all the meat needed for people to eat, and the possible alternatives.