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 at Meadow Field and from Year 2 upwards at Wood Field. 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?
At Meadow Field, our School Council reps have been busy creating a 'friendship stop' in the playground and have started to run this every lunchtime. They have also been organising the 'Bandon Hill's Got Talent' talent show which will be happening at the end of the summer term.
School Council at Wood Field have been meeting on a fortnightly basis to discuss issues and ideas raised by the children in each class. One of the first issues raised has been lunch times. As a result, the focus for School Council over the last term has been to explore ways to improve the lunch time experience for children. School Council have volunteered to play an active part in supporting the lunch time supervisors both in the playground and in the lunch hall. We now have a team of children who wear special School Council high visibility jackets and help to patrol the playground, ensuring that all the children are playing safely and behaving appropriately. They also support in the lunch hall. School Council have embraced this responsibility and really helped to make a difference.