Here at Springwell School we have an active school council of children who have volunteered to represent their fellow pupils. We have regular meetings to think about, discuss and vote on school issues, particularly ideas which affect our children directly.
At the beginning of each year the children reflect on how the meetings should be conducted and we decide upon our rules. This year we have decided that it is very important for us to listen to each other, to take turns to speak and to respect each others' opinions.
We conduct our meetings quite formally with an agenda and minutes which are displayed on our own notice board. We have learned how to vote on issues using symbols where necessary. The children have lots of ideas and are able to bring them openly to our meetings.
We have been involved in many decisions and activities at school and have had a great deal of fun and enjoyment. Here are some examples of things we have done:
- Road markings on the playground.
- Music to be played at lunchtimes and coloured flags to show which class is next to go out to play.
- New bikes and scooters for the playground.
- New toys for the playground.
- Ideas for Children in Need.
- Benches in the shade for the KS2 playground.
- Wear your pyjamas to school to raise money for our African friend, Isatou.
- Ideas for different foods for snack time.
- Gardening competition-our favourite vegetables.
- Carrot growing competition was organised and judged by the school council.
- Quiet areas (time to be still), including benches, signs and planters were voted on, ordered and set up by the school council.
- Lining up signs were designed by a school council member.
- School uniform sale to raise school funds. The children helped to sort, fold and display the items and made posters and price labels. Members also helped on the stall at the sale.
Agendas and Meetings
Our School Council meetings are made as accessible and enjoyable as possible for our children using many of our communication strategies.
As part of our preparations we distribute an agenda to all the classes prior to the meetings so that staff have an opportunity to introduce ideas to their pupils and make them aware of what is going to be asked of them.
We plan to publish these agendas on this part of the school website, together with the subsequent minutes. This is will enable families and friends to know what is happening and to give them an opportunity to communicate about the issues at home if they wish to do so.
We greatly welcome your input and ideas and invite your feedback. Thank you for your support which is much appreciated.
Academic Year 2020/2021
School Council Achievements 2018-2019
Springwell School Council consisted of eighteen children who represented pupils across the school with the exception of the Early Years and Off-site classes. Off- site classes either contributed electronically by forwarding their views prior to the meeting and/or participated in School Council at their host school.
In response to the school expansion we divided School Council into Upper School and Lower School Groups and met separately for five meetings and twice as a Whole School Council. This ensured that all pupils had time to communicate their views and for increased differentiation.
In the first half term, once the classes were settled the children voted for their class representative with the aid of a PowerPoint presentation which supported their understanding.
School Council meetings were then held every half term after the Autumn break. We met in the Community Room where facilities permitted us to sit at tables with space to make notes and use our Velcro voting boards in comfort.
Differentiated agendas were prepared in advance so that teachers and off-site classes could send their views prior to the meeting. Narrative symbols for ‘where’ and ‘who’ etc, which are used across the school are included in the agendas to enable all our children to understand what we are discussing and what is coming next.
We have a page on the School Website where we post the agendas, minutes and photos of each meeting.
In the first meeting everyone decided and agreed a code of conduct for behaviour which was printed, sent home and signed by all representatives with agreement from home. At the beginning of each meeting the children remembered how they agreed to listen, take turns to speak and be kind to each other. This resulted is great behaviour, positive team spirit, everyone being valued and lots of work getting done.
As before we continued with the use of visual aids such as Velcro yes/no boards in order to vote on any issues. The children really enjoyed the idea that their opinion made a difference to outcomes: we always endeavour to put into practice the ideas voted upon.
This year we:
- Named the new wooden play boats in Playground one and two: Bob and Mr Boat.
- Decided that the fish tank needed refurbishing and decided how it should look by choosing decorations and fish.
- For World Book week agreed what theme book the Magic room should be made into.
- Voted to enter Southampton in Bloom competition and worked hard with our classes to make a Creating a Buzz garden: awarded Silver and Gold certificates from the judges.
- Decided to have an end of year celebration and invite our parents, carers and school governors.
It has been a very happy and positive year for the School Council and we, as a school, are very grateful to all the children who agreed to give their time and energy.