School Councils

What is a School Council?

At Bandon Hill Primary School, our School Council members are a highly valued group of children who represent the voice and opinions of all the children within our school. The School Council is an elected group of children who meet regularly and work together to represent the pupils of Bandon Hill Primary School.

The School Council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way the school is run. The School Council benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made.

 

How long can you be a School Councillor for?

School Councillors are elected to represent their classes for one year.  They are elected by their class peers at the beginning of each year.

 

How is the School Council run?

We have an active School Council with two members representing each class from Year 1 upwards. The School Council follows the principles of a democratic society to make decisions.  At the meetings, held by Mrs Coyne and Miss Corfield at Meadow Field and Mrs Marwaha at Wood Field, we decide what we can do to improve the school. We don’t just decide ourselves what to do, our class peers put their ideas down too, through questionnaires and class discussions. To decide on the class representatives we hold class elections each September.

The School Council is run and led by the children, supported by members of staff, and takes an active role in making decisions and suggestions on behalf of the children in the school.

Members of the Council meet regularly, taking part in organising fundraising events, discussing issues related to the curriculum and taking suggestions from their class to the meetings.

 

What have we done so far?

So far this year at Meadow Field, the School Council has taken part in organising new lunchtime clubs, hosting a visit of members of a School Council from another school and are currently organising a talent show for the Summer Term.  We will also be looking at a fundraising activity.

So far this year at Wood Field, the School Council has been involved in judging a school display competition. We have been exploring ways to improve experiences at playtimes and lunchtimes and are planning ways to be more involved in the running of clubs. We are looking at ways to fundraise and are currently looking into planning an ‘enterprise day’ for later in the year.