The School Council 2016/17 meeting The Mayor
Our school council play a very important role in the life of our school. Two class representatives are elected from each class (Y2 - Y6) creating a school council of 20 children. This group meet fortnightly to discuss matters to improve the school.
School Council Achievements 2017-2018 so far!!
We started the year with a letter from the East Anglian Air Ambulance, thanking us for our fundraising we did for them.
As a school we refreshed our Behaviour Policy and as a result of this the school council met with the Lunch time supervisors to discuss dinner hall routines and rules. The councillors came up with a set of rules for both the infant hall and the junior hall, these were shared with the whole school and the rules are now printed and displayed in the halls.
The school council suggested ideas for the whole school fundraising for the Children in Need appeal. This year they chose to wear something yellow and have crazy hair. The councillors also helped to sell cakes at break time to raise money.
The school councillors helped out with the organisation of the shoe box appeal and helped pack some the many boxes.
The school council met with the Subject Lead for Reading to discuss how reading is going across our school and the councillors were asked how we could make reading even better in our school? They discussed the use of book corridor, the library, the class reading challenges etc. They provided some very useful feedback. They also suggested some new books they would like to see in the library. The PTA is presenting the school with some money to buy magazines so the children were asked to suggest types of magazines they would like.
They carried out a learning walk around each of the classrooms in February. They recorded the strengths of each room and identified some areas for development. The results were shared with the class teachers so they could act on the areas for development. They councillors will be repeating this learning walk very soon to see the improvements!!
Previous School Council Teams have;
- Introduced KS2 zoning at lunchtimes - our lunchtimes were not as good as they could be so the school council, through consultation with their classes, introduced playground zones e.g. cheerleading, prayer space, games zone, sports zone, chill out zone ... This completely different approach to lunchtimes has a hugely positive impact upon our lunchtimes!
- Created a curriculum enrichment document titled: "25 Things to do in your time at Whitefriars' - the children used the National Trust document '50 things to do before you are 11 3/4' to create their own version. The school council generated the list of ideas and then reduced the huge list down to only 25! Then they created the booklet to explain its purpose.
- Thought about how we could further enhance our acts of Collective Worship
- Played an active role in appointing a new head teacher and deputy head teacher
- Showed numerous visitors around
- Written their own school action plan and identified 3 priorities.
- Volunteered as monitors in the ‘dance zone’ at lunch times to prevent arguments over the choice of song! It’s now far more peaceful.
- Implemented the use of a ‘box of concern’ to improve the communication between pupils and staff. The box is checked regularly and any issues/worries addressed on a confidential basis.
- Visited the King’s Lynn Borough Council office to witness how a planning meeting is run. The impact has already been seen as children were able to bring ideas back to enhance our own council meetings. Hopefully it has inspired some of the children for the future.
- Reviewed some newly published stories for Pandora books. Our feedback was sent back to the editors.
- Visited Pandora books and spent a fantastic morning choosing new books for the school, meeting an editor and learning about the process of writing to publishing books.
- Attended cluster council meetings with other local schools. They discuss new ideas and celebrate achievements.
- Initiated the idea of making reading more visible around the school. They suggested a range of ideas to enhance the enjoyment of reading, and many of their ideas were used during our very successful book week. The impact this term has been children from different key stages now sharing books on a regular basis.