The Gordonbrock School Council is all about working together, learning about democracy and playing a positive role in our community. To become a class representative all children were supported to write manifestos detailing what would make them a good Councillor. They were then elected by their classmates at the beginning of term.
Gordonbrock School Council aims to support everyone to recognise the strengths of our school, find ways to make it even better and then, most excitingly, to make things happen! There are two members from each year group from Years 2 to 6, and meetings are held twice a half term with Miss Long. School Councillors lead class council discussions in their own classrooms and lead class activities linked to their objectives. They also bring issues that have been raised in class council to full School Council meetings. Representatives take their role very seriously and always try their best in all that they do. School Council members are aware that they are role models to other children in the school and use their position to support and develop their peers.
The school council notice board is situated in the school’s main corridor. The School councillors are pictured so that all children know who they are. On the school council board there is an ideas box where all children can post any ideas they would like to be raised at a school council meeting. All meetings begin by reading ideas from the box. The display also includes information about Children’s Rights. Recent School Council initiatives have included
- Raising the children’s awareness of Children’s Rights, this will lead to our school receiving the Rights Respecting Award from UNICEF UK. Last year the children focused on the rights to a voice, play and health care. This included a KS2 assembly where they shared the process they took part in to make the school an even happier and safer place.
- Introducing the ‘Friend of the Week’ certificate which is given out to one child from each class every week.
- Introducing recycling to each classroom.
- Ensuring there is a ‘Buddy Bench’ in the KS2 playground.
This year the council will continue to work towards the Rights Respecting Award by focusing on the right to education and cultural acceptance which directly links to our schools learning about British Values. The school council will also focus on raising the children’s awareness of local charities and internet safety.
Sam Evans, PHSCE and School Council Team Leader