What is the School Council?
The School Council is a panel of elected children who meet regularly to discuss school issues, voice concerns and discuss ways in which the pupils feel the school could be improved. These meetings include pupils and teachers, often with invited guest such as parents, school cook etc. In May each year, children in P6 hold a school election to choose four pupils who will serve as council members in their P7 year. Initially, all P6 pupils are eligble to stand and produce manifestos and posters. After presenting their ideas to their peers, eight final candidates are selected by the P6 pupils themselves.Pupils are organised into parties and have to run an election campaign in which they write and present their own manifestos, design and produce election posters, hold a Hustings Day, canvass and take part in a question and answer session in Assembly. Children from P1 to P6 are entitled to vote, using the PR system of course! We enlist the help of local councillors to give advice and guidance to the candidates about their campaign and, also, to help with the counting of votes. A very exciting time in school! In September, the children from P3 to P6 elect two reps from their own class to represent them at whole School Council meetings.
Why we need a School Council
- To enable pupils to voice opinions about what happens in school.
- Develop individual and collective responsibility.
- Improve pupil motivation and self esteem.
- Provide a means of formal communication between pupils and staff.
- Develop and improve pupil skills of decision making, speaking, listening and debating.
- To make our school a happy place for everyone.
- To work with staff, parents and the wider community to help improve and develop our school.
- To nurture a sense of citizenship in our pupils.
- To provide our children with early, yet meaningful, experiences of the democratic system at work.
How School Council Works
Each class has regular meetings at which pupils can discuss matters that are of concern to them. Class Council reps then bring these issues to the next School Council meeting where they meet with staff, who may also bring issues from staff and PTA meetings, and these form the agenda and the basis of discussions. At the School Council meetings, the Chairperson presents the items on the agenda and the Secretary takes minutes, which are recorded and later displayed on the Council notice board. Class Councils discuss the minutes and the reps report back the outcomes to School Council, where final decisions are made.
We are a school that promotes healthy eating and we run a weekly competition to see which class has the most children bringing and eating a healthy break. The winning class gets to keep the Healthy Breaks shield until the next week. We encourage the children to eat healthily every day but on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays the type of food is recorded and counts towards the class total. Treats are acceptable on Fridays.