School Council is an opportunity for children to have a 'pupil voice'. It promotes children's right to express an opinion and be included in decisions that involve and affect them.
Miss Wilson supports the Chair of school council to run each meeting.
Children decide at the beginning of the year, if they would like to be part of the School Council and attend regular meetings. The class then votes for who they would like to be their class representative. Year 6 have further responsibilities; Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary roles and responsibilities.
School Council members help to find and make improvements to the school environment, develop whole-school polices, decide which charities Upperby Primary School will support and plan and carry out fundraising events..
Each member has a class minutes book where they take notes and share the content of each meeting with the rest of their class. Teachers make sure that this time is given value and importance.
There are many benefits of having an active School Council. We hope our School Council helps to improve relationships between staff and pupils, and pupils and pupils. We aim to promote a more inclusive school where everyone is encouraged and supported to contribute, positive behaviour and working together for the benefit of Upperby Primary School and all of its pupils and an increased opportunity to develop personal, social and communication skills needed for adulthood.
All schools must promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
What are British Values?
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meet to discuss issues raised in class or by members of staff.
The Rule of Law
Children have the opportunity to learn about the importance of Laws. We have laws and rules to follow everywhere - school, country, Rules are consistently reinforced throughout the school day in class, at playtime and in assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our PSHE lessons.
Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Upperby Primary School we positively promote diversity. Our PSHE curriculum supports and enhances Diversity education and assemblies often address diversity through story and celebration. Our RE curriculum reinforces acceptance and understanding of different faiths and religions positively.
School Council Meetings
In each class from Year 2 to Year 6, children have had the opportunity to say if they would like to be a school council member. In each class many children want to be a school council member, to make he decision fair, we held a class vote. Only one vote per person was allowed and children weren't allowed to vote for themselves. They had to think about who they thought would be confident, organised and do a good job at representing their class at each meeting. Each class fairly voted for their class representative.
20th September 2017
At our first school council meeting children introduced themselves, chatted about being part of the School council and Miss Wilson gave them a little information about the format of the meetings.
Everyone was welcomed to today's meeting, we said thank you for the good things happening in school and talked about any grumbles School Council members had.
When we moved onto the suggestions part of the meeting, children voiced their opinions about which charity they would like to support and fundraise for; Macmillan, Cancer research UK, Dementia UK, RSPCA, NSPCC, Eden Valley Hospice and Guide Dogs. School Council will then share these ideas with their classes and hold a vote to see which charity is the most favourable.
We then moved on to discuss things that the School Council would like to get involved in. We talked about a Halloween party and helping out at a nursing home for the Elderly Community.
1st November 2017
Our Chair of School Council welcomed everyone to the meeting. The children gave thanks to their teachers for great things in lessons and children within school that had been helpful and kind. We moved onto looking at the charity that each class had voted for. The children in our school seem to feel very strongly about supporting the cancer charities. The most votes went to Cancer Research UK.
Children discussed possible themes for House Teams, some of the suggestions given to School Council representatives were football teams, bands, mountains, race horse names, car types, you tubers, artists, metals, places, history and rivers. These will be passed onto our leadership team.
29th November 2017
Asha our Chair of School Council welcomed everyone to the meeting and started proceedings off by asking for ideas for fundraising events. Children each had an opportunity to share their ideas whilst the other members listened well and showed respect to their peers.
Children discussed the House name choices favoured by our Leadership Team and had the final say about which theme we would go for. They decided with a majority vote for History; Tudors, Saxons, Romans and Vikings.
Fundraising was at the top of our agenda today. We looked at how we could build up links with our Elderly Community and raise some money for Cancer Research UK. Children are keen and enthusiastic about planning, organising and holding a coffee morning for the Elderly Community that use our CDC facilities on a Monday. They suggested creating posters to advertise the event, writing invites, putting on a show or performance, preparing snacks, speaking to Mrs Hodgkin's about a budget and playing games with the people that attend. One representative suggest that we half the money we raise from this event between school and Cancer Research UK. Our Chair felt that more should go the charity and so seconded another members suggestion of a quarter of money raised to school and three quarters to charity.
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