Our School Council consists of a democratically elected group of children who aim to give every child in the school a voice.
It is made up of 12 children, two from each year from Y1-Y6. At the beginning of each academic year all children are encouraged to put themselves forward as a representative on the School Council. All they need to have is a good manifesto and an honest belief that they will have a confident and positive influence on their school environment.
Once elected the School Council create a ‘vision statement’ and look at areas to focus upon for that academic year. They think about what they want to achieve and how it can improve the school. Every child in the school is encouraged to come up with ideas that would enhance their environment and these are then fed back to the Headteacher via the School Council and the School Council Lead. Children attend meetings every other week.
Roles of Chair and Secretary are rotated around the councillors in Key Stage 2 and initially voted in at the first council meeting.
The School Council have visited residential care homes, put on fun events such as Lambourn’s Got Talent, created ’50 things to do in Lambourn’ which was circulated across the county.(include link to document or upload as a pic see attached document), spoken with Parish Councillors and local bodies thinking how the community can work together.
An important part of the School Council and one which has been part of the council’s agenda for many years is the role of the environment and the impact we have upon it. We have installed compost bins, celebrated Earth Day and this year our focus was to become Ecowarriors – not just at school but at home as well. We ran a SwitchOff Fortnight campaign which dramatically reduced the amount of power the school was using. The ongoing campaign of sustainability is one the current School Council and school will continue to support.
Do you have what it takes?
What makes a good student councillor?
- A good listener
- A good role-model
- Ability to discuss not argue
- Ability to share good ideas
- Desire to develop skills such as confidence, communications and negotiation