What is a School Council?
The school council endeavours to give the children at Wenlock C of E Junior School a ‘voice’. They are given the opportunity to share their opinions and ideas on things that matter to them. All children will be involved by contributing their suggestions. These suggestions will be discussed at regular school council meetings. The School Councillors will feedback from these meetings to their class. Minutes of meetings are available on the School Council Notice Board.
The School Council also has a budget which they are able to manage and spend appropriately.
Why have a School Council?
The idea of a school council at this age is to encourage children to develop their confidence and responsibility as a ‘citizen’ of the school. They will be encouraged to recognise what they like and dislike, what is fair and unfair and what is right and wrong. They will take part in debates on issues that are of particular interest to the pupils in the school. The children will begin to gain a greater insight into being part of a group, class, school, family and community. They will investigate how to make choices that improve their health and well-being. A very important aspect of school council meetings is being able to listen to other people and respect their views, beliefs and feelings. They will gain the skills needed to work co-operatively with others.
Who can be a councillor?
Any child, from any year group can become a school councillor. If a child is interested in becoming a councillor, they write a candidate speech that they present to their class. Depending on their speech and their ideas, the other pupils in the class vote for the councillor that they feel will represent them most at the meeting. A child from is class is then selected so we have 12 councillors in total.
The benefits of a School Council
We aim to give our children the opportunity to become more independent and responsible. They will begin to realise that they can play an active role in the life of the school and that their ideas and views will contribute to changes that occur at their school. The children will benefit greatly in all aspects of their personal and social development.
What are the council currently involved in?
This year, the council is looking at improving playtimes - making the activities more adventurous and fun – to improve socialising on the playground, as well as a number of ideas on how to improve lessons and involve the WonderLab into their learning even more.
We have done a few charity events already this year, for example, The Salvation Army Shoe Box Appeal and Children in Need. The School council are currently looking into a number of other charities that we would like to support at our school.
Our Mission Statement
This year’s mission statement was written by our councillors and we aim to ensure that we follow this throughout the year.
School Council’s Trip to the Houses of Parliament
In December, School Council took trip to the Houses of Parliament. We were given the opportunity to explore both the House of Commons and House of Lords and were taught how the voting process in Parliament takes place. We also took part in a workshop that showed the councillors how members of Parliament are voted into their seats and created manifestos, gave speeches and voted for the best constituencies.