Our School Councillors are elected by their peers and these children meet with the Headteacher, and a Governor from the school to bring lots of ideas on how to improve our school from their class.
The School Council gives the children at Walsh Memorial C of E Infant School a ‘voice’. They will be given the opportunity to share their opinions and ideas on things that matter to them. All children will be involved by contributing their suggestions during class based circletime. These suggestions will be discussed at School Council meetings. The School Councillors will feedback from these meetings to their class at the next circle time. All School Councillors wear a badge so children remember who they are.
Why have a School Council?
The idea of a school council 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 discussions on issues that interest them. 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. We also hope being a member of the School Council will help the children take more responsibility and help them realise they can play an active role in our school.
Each year our School Council joins with other School Councils in the locality as we hold a joint West Surrey Foundation Council meeting.
What have we achieved this year?
- Each class voted for our School Council Members.
- We asked the classes their ideas for favourite topics and these were chosen as a theme for World book day.
- We chose the country Australia for our Art week in June.
- We shared ideas about playtime games with our class and have chosen games for our playleaders to teach us at playtime – we share our ideas with our grown up Play leader.
- Each class chose new names for our playground helpers and School Council had the final vote and chose ‘Busy Bee helpers’