Our school council is an important part of our school’s belief in pupil leadership. As you wander around the school you will see examples of how our children contribute to the smooth running of our school. Examples include our Mortimer Monitors, House Captain boards and Buddy Posters. (All of our buddies are also Young Sport Leader trained.)
School Council Members
Pupils are chosen for the school council in year 2. Every year, 2 children are selected by teachers. They stay on the school council until the end of year 6.
TheY6 house captains are also invited to be on the school council and join the original members.
What does the school council do?
School Council members meet at least once a month. In every year group there are suggestion boxes that come from children throughout the school. We bring these ideas to meetings. Sometimes Mr Seagrove and Mrs Cunningham also bring ideas to the meetings and ask School Council to help them on important projects that require and would benefit from pupil opinion, experience and ideas.
Harvest Festival Money
Mrs Cunningham asked School Council children in November could they suggest how we spend the £650 which was raised from Harvest Festival. We looked at the Oxfam website and after a long discussion purchased a number of items including: a goat couple, a beehive, “repair a well” and mosquito nets.
What Makes A Good Teacher?
Five of our School Council members were asked earlier in the year by Harton Teaching School to make a promotional video whose aim was to attract people to become teachers. The children came up with some brilliant suggestions for qualities that make a good teacher. These included:
- A good teacher appreciates every child
- Listens to everyone
- Treats all children equally
- Encourages children
- Only shouts when they have to
- Is patient and helpful
- Is kind
- Is a good role model
- Has a firm but fair approach.
One way system
We have recently started a project to refresh our one-way system around school to encourage both adults and children to travel around our school safely.
We have a large school that is used by many people, if we all move around the school on the right hand side then traffic and congestion is greatly reduced.
We came up with a slogan which we are having made into posters to put up around our school and have placed handprints on all doors so that everyone, including visitors, know which door to safely use.
Click here to watch a video we produced to encourage children to stay and try our school dinners.
We hope to build on the success of this video and create information for parents and children on what should be included in a healthy packed lunch. Check back here to see our work.