We believe it is extremely important that the children have a say in how their school is run – they will spend 8872.5 hours of their lives at Sherwell Valley!
The School Council offers them a voice in the decision making process. Each class from Year 2 to year 6 elects a councillor to represent their views at School Council meetings. Each councillor serves for a period of one year – though they may be re-elected if their classmates feel they have done a good job putting forward their views.
Each October, at the first meeting of the new Council, the councillors elect a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.
The children generate the agenda for School Council meetings through discussions at their class council meetings. All agenda items are discussed: minutes are kept along with a recording of any actions required. The School Council has its own budget and is accountable for expenditure. There have been many, many achievements and initiatives over the years directly as a result of the School Council. Things that have happened – or got better – as a result of our School council this year:
- More equipment for use on the playgrounds at break time and lunchtime.
- “Otto” – our school mascot, who has been on loads of trips, including to France and Pixies’ Holt.
- Year 6 Sleepover – to happen in last week of term.
- MUFTI Days to support the following charities:
- Save The Children
- Cancer Reearch
- Rowcroft Hospice
- Special Care Baby Unit: Torbay Hospital
- Water Aid
- A.T.H. (People Assisting Torbay’s Homeless)
- Board games for use in the quiet Area in KS2.
- Donations Box – food and treats given to “Animals in Distress”.
- Fairer system for lunchtimes – with a rota for the order that children come in to eat.
- Very successful Sponsored Run that raised approximately £3000:00. This has been spent on improving the Year 6 Corridor and providing lockers for the 90 children in Year 6.
- More ice-packs in the First Aid areas.
- Raised the awareness of “Outdoor Education” – with teachers planning to take more learning outside the classroom.
- Mr Taylor’s next “Groundforce Saturday” to revamp the wooden chalet on the KS2 Playground.
- Competition to redesign the wooden wall in the KS2 Playground. Mr Lockyer’s class have this to do: School Council has provided the paint.
- New goalposts on the KS2 Playground.
- No more eating Packed Lunches in the D.T. Room.
- Chocolate Brownies reinstated to the Lunch Menu.
- KS1 Children spending breaktimes on the field.
- Teachers focusing on the way children move around the school. Council suggested we have Golden Rules. Teachers discussed these on a Training day and came up with our new 6 Golden Rules for the school:
- We are gentle
- We are kind and helpful
- We listen
- We are honest
- We work hard
- We look after property
These will be reinforced in the first two weeks in September: calmer movement will allow teachers to work with their classroom doors open.
- Teachers have reviewed the way that Reading Diaries are used in the school – less focus on writing in these.
The Councillors are also involved in the appointment of new staff and their views were sought during our most successful Ofsted Inspection: “The School Council is regarded by all pupils as being highly effective in representing their views.”
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