Happy Days - Bright Futures
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School Council Introduction
‘Children have the right to give their opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.’ Article 12, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
‘Ensure that all pupils within school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes.’ Department for Education Guidance on SMSC and British Values.
At West Ewell Primary School and Nursery we believe in the value of every child’s voice, regardless of their age. We have a School Council made up of 14 nominated children, representing each of the classes within our school from Nursery, through to Year 3. The School Council meets at least once every half term depending on the decisions that need making.
Previous School Councillors have attended meetings and given feedback on improving school lunches, drafted rules for the safe use of our swimming pool and purchased games and resources to improve playtimes.
At the end of last term we agreed upon and produced a Pupil Survey to find out the opinions of the whole school on issues such as enjoyment at school, lessons, playtimes, our new Houses and school lunches. We also held a special assembly. We are looking forward to finding out the results of our survey which we will publish in due course.
July News: At our last meeting of the school year, the School Council met to discuss the results of the pupil survey and to discuss issues raised by pupils via the class suggestion boxes. 277 survey forms were returned from across the school and like last year, the results were incredibly positive. Full details can be found on the School Council page of our website, but in brief; the vast majority of children feel safe in school, enjoy coming here, enjoy the House activities and are confident of what to do if they feel worried or upset. Top of the list of favourite things about school was ‘playing with friends’ (90), hotly followed by learning (61) with art/craft (24) and maths (26) being named in particular. Leading the charge of improvements was ‘nothing’ (39), ‘more play/climbing equipment on the top playground’ (20) and ‘a school football team’ (3). The School Council discussed ways to encourage more pupils to complete the survey to improve our 65% return rate; one suggestion was to complete them in school so that everyone could do it.
Although there weren’t many suggestions in the class boxes, a common theme was appropriate use of the toilets. In response to this, the School Council are running a competition to design a poster reminding pupils how to behave when they use the school toilets. If you would like to enter the competition and have your poster displayed, please hand it to your school council rep or class teacher by Friday 13th July. It should be on a piece of A4 paper and include pictures and writing. The School Council came up with some ideas you might want to include; flush the toilet after you use it, turn off the taps when you have washed your hands, behave respectfully (no shouting), use soap respectfully and don’t disturb others. Good luck!
April News: The school council would like to thank the PSA and Mrs Rolfe and the PE department for their very generous donations towards the purchase of some new playground equipment. The children have loved using it during playtimes this week to catch, throw, kick, run, balance, jump and problem solve. The range of equipment will help to keep the children’s bodies and minds active and healthy. Thanks also go to Mrs Gillies, Chair of Governors, who donated 5 enormous tubs of chalk for use at playtime.
Look out for this year’s Pupil Survey, it’s on its way this month!
School Council Minutes
Please click here to see the minutes for 6th November 2017
Please click here to see the minutes for 16th January 2018
School Newsletters related to School Council business
Please click here to see the School Newsletter for 6th Oct 2017
Please click here to see the School Newsletter for 10th Nov 2017
Please click here to see the School Newsletter for 19th Jan 2017
School Council Suggestion Boxes
This box is for suggestions for things to improve our school. The school council will look in it before each meeting and bring the suggestions to share them and decide what suggestions we can do something about and what things are not our jobs.
If you have an idea please write it on a piece of paper and put it in.
Please don’t put silly things in the box, please think about your suggestion before you write it down.
Written by Brooke, Sophia and Mert – Year 3 Reps