Why do we have a School Council?
The School’s Council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way the school is run. We respect and value the thoughts and opinions of our children and whilst it may not always be possible or practical to do everything they suggest; the children do have some fantastic ideas.
The School Council benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made within school.
Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each Councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of all the other pupils they represent. We want to encourage our pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Who would make a good school councillor?
Any child in the school can stand to be a school council representative for their class. It is not a decision made by teachers but by the children. A good school councillor does need to have some of the following qualities though:
- A good listener and speaker
- Friendly character
- A team player
- Keen to make a contribution to improving our school
- Able to represent the views of others
- Willing to give up some of their time
- Has lots of good ideas
- Sets a good example to others
- Good communicator
Who can be a member of the school council?
Anyone! We have a School Council with boys and girls representing their fellow pupils from each class in Years 1 up to Year 6.
Each councillor is elected by their classmates at the beginning of the school year after a short speech explaining why they should be elected. This develops children’s understanding of one of British values: democracy. They also understand that with democracy comes responsibility.
What do we do?
Members of the Council take part in discussions and votes and also feedback any relevant information to their class. At times, they are requested to ask their class for ideas or take class votes relating to discussions by the Council.
Members meet regularly with Mrs Ratcliffe to discuss ways in which they feel they can influence the school for the better.
The Year 6 councillors have been very busy selling poppies, snap bands, wristbands, zip pulls and reflectors. They managed to raise lots of money. A huge thank you to all the children and parents/carers for your support.
Take a look at the photo below.
Black History Month
Last year, a member of the School Council suggested that Bushmead should learn more about Black History Month. Following on from this brilliant suggestion, all children at Bushmead will be learning about several inspirational people. All children will create an informative poster about what they have learnt.
The previous school councillors came up with the idea that the new school councillors should vote for the best posters and these posters will be displayed on one of the display boards in the main corridor.
It is so wonderful that our students are able to share and implement ideas that are important to them. We cannot wait to see your posters Bushmead!
The School Council had a fantastic time choosing the winning Black History Month posters. It was not an easy job as there were so many fantastic posters to choose from.
Take a look at the photos below.