School Council & Pupil Voice
School Council at St John's
At St John's we are proud to have pupil representatives that take part in School Council meetings. This is so that pupils have a voice and are involved in decisions about the school that affect them. Through their class reps, all pupils have the opportunity to raise issues and share ideas that are then taken back to a school council meeting. This ensures that as many pupil voices as possible are heard. Pupils at St John's know that this is their school and their thoughts and ideas matter.
Becoming part of our school council gives children the chance to develop some leadership skills. Each year we teach the children about democracy (one of the four British Values) and then complete class votes to choose our councillors. This is a fun process, which helps the children to understand the way that Britain is led and gives them an opportunity to write a letter of application or complete a verbal presentation to their peers explaining why they think they would be good at the job.
We currently have 23 School Councillors made up of 2 children from each class (year 2 - year 6). We also have 3 pupils from year 5, who are reps for Nursery, Reception and year 1.They meet regularly to discuss school issues, facilitated by Ms Morgan.
At our first meeting, we elected the officers from year 6:
Chair - Abdulraheem
Deputy Chair - Jumanah
Secretary - Uzma
Treasurer - Hamza
Our minutes are recorded by the secretary and are available to read in our minutes book on the school council notice board. Please feel free to come and have a look.
Here are our year 6 officers receiving their certificates from Mrs Choudry, a parent governor:
Here are some of things we have been focusing on this term:
The school councillors made posters to advertise the 'Children in Need' fund raising event. We raised £577 for Children in Need, through selling Pudsey wristbands, having a KS1 'Peter Rabbit' film night and donations on the day when we dressed up in a 'spotty' theme.
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed!
Trip to Imperial War Museum
On Friday 9th November, some of the school councillors went to see the poppy display at the Imperial War Museum.
The installation was originally at HM Tower of London from August to November 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one for every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War. Together, the sculptures Wave and Weeping Window are made of over 11,000 poppies.
Our next plan is to have an exchange visit with the school council from St Chysostom's school. We are looking forward to hosting here first.
Spring Term 2019
The school council have been busy meeting with Mr Elswood, to talk about new equipment for our playground. We have already had a 'Hobbit House' installed, which is very popular with all the children.
We are now looking at installing some larger equipment to further enhance our playtimes and lunchtimes outdoors. Watch this space for more details very soon!
3/4/19 - Our meeting today included our reps feeding back from their classes the kind of new equipment the children would like to improve the playground. There was a wide range of ideas....and here we all are sharing them together....
After the meeting, the four year 6 reps went outside with Ms Morgan to take photographs of some areas where we may be able to put the new furniture...
We think a story telling chair would look good here...
Lots of classes said they would like a 'Get Set Go' trail or a Giant spider web...it could go here?
We have a visitor coming after the holidays to help us locate the best places!
Our Peer Mediators are also chosen democratically and then receive training to help them to mentor and support other pupils on the playground. This supportive role builds leadership skills and gives our children the opportunity to interact across the year groups and solve problems together. This is a great learning experience for our pupils.
We have just introduced Sports Leaders in KS2. These children applied for the position and are now receiving training with a sports coach to help them to achieve their Playmaker Award. They support the coaches to deliver fun exercise and play opportunities at lunchtimes.
We have a small but dedicated team who help us to promotoe and organise our recycling at St John's. We hope to build upon this next year.
All of our teachers recognise the motivational powers of giving children classroom roles and responsibilities. To find out more about these, visit your child's year group page.
Our children are aware of the UNICEF Rights of the Child.
Click below to read some great examples of Year 5's school charters - written based on these rights.