THORNHILL SCHOOL COUNCIL
What is a school council?
A school council is group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school. In our school there are two representatives for each year group.
How do you get to be a councillor?
You have to write a manifesto and read it to the rest of the school. This tells the other children about yourself, why you would make a good school council member and about your ideas for making the school a better place. The other children then have to vote for who they think will make the best councillors.
There are certain special jobs on the school council like Chairperson, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The children who hold these responsible roles are voted into them by the other members of the council.
Who are the members of the school council?
- Mitchell C
- Katie M
- Kaci W
- Julia B
- Fynn L
- Grace F
- Jak K
- Grace P
- Abbey H
- Bethany S
What does it do?
A school council does a number of things:
- The school council meets - usually with a teacher present - to discuss and sort out problems. These may include school lunches, behaviour or ideas for fundraising events.
- Members of the school council will be responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been agreed, as well as collecting ideas and discussing events and problems with their respective classes.
- Tries to make the school a better place by speaking for other children and putting forward their ideas
- Raise money for charity
- Have links outside of our school with other schools and the local community
What makes a good one?
A good school council is one that represents the views of all students and gets things done.
- Regular meetings
- A council that is not too big
- Good communication between representatives and their class
- Training for school council members
- Annual evaluations
Do they get anything done?
This year we have:
- Raised money for Children in Need by having a day of games where all the children in the school could come and have fun
- Contacted the mayor’s office via email to see if we could arrange a visit. We are waiting for a reply to this
- Devised a list of questions and subsequently interviewed a prospective teaching candidate
- Surveyed year 5 & 6 children to see if they would like a café at break time once a week
- Organised with cook what snacks we could offer
- Made a rota for the café which we have to follow each week. We have to also count the money and take it to the office
- Made a rota for juice and biscuits which we have to follow every week. We also have to count the money for this and take it to the office
- Planned and organized an ‘end of exams’ disco, from which we made £100
- Planned a food bank week for after half term
- Unpicked the school aims and put them into child friendly language and then shared them with our classes