Our school council is composed of one representative from each class who is elected at the beginning of each academic year. The children are given the opportunity to present why they believe they will be able to support the development of the school to their classes, and from there a democratic vote takes place.
This year the school council helped to raise funds for charity through planning their own ‘Lent Event’ just before the Easter holidays. They presented information to the whole school about which charities they felt that money should be donated to, and then we were very lucky that our church was able to match the money raised too.
The school council get together every term to discuss issues that they feel need resolution within the school. During the last academic year we have purchased new playground games for lunchtime and a ‘Friendship Stop’ sign for those who feel that they need a lunchtime buddy.
At their own request, in support of our school ethos, the council recently planned a series of ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ around the school where small groups would sneak into classrooms during the lunch hour to sharpen pencils or hang up the coats. This really supported the feeling of togetherness and community around our school and was popular with all the classes.
School council are also responsible for planning and delivering other fund raising events such as for Children in Need or other national initiatives as it is important for our whole school to feel that they are a part of something larger.
Each elected member remains on the council for one year, but can of course be re-elected the following year. The council represents not only their class and year group, but also the wider school community, so that all groups of children feel well represented. As each class knows who their representative is, all children have someone they can go to directly with any issues that they would like school council to discuss. In that way, the School Council really is the voice of the school.