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Class and School Council at Chesham
At Chesham we are proud to have pupil representatives from each class who take part in class and School Council meetings. These councils are in place so that pupils have a voice and are involved in decisions about the school that affect them.
Through class council all pupils have the opportunity to raise issues, share ideas and take part in discussions that involve all their classmates in reaching a democratic solution. Wider issues that arise at class council may be discussed further at the full School Council, ensuring as many pupil voices as possible are heard. Pupils at Chesham know that this is their school and that their thoughts and ideas matter.
Class council representatives should be nominated and then voted by their classmates not their teachers, once in September, then again in February. The two successful candidates will represent their class at the full School Council each week. Previously successful candidates are allowed to stand for re-election during the year and as they progress through the school.
At the first meeting of the full School Council another election is held to choose the members of the executive committee- chair person, vice chair person and two secretaries.
Class council meetings should be held every other week. The meeting need only take 15-20 minutes and should be chaired by different members of class each time with the class teacher modelling and coaching if necessary- the long term aim is that the pupils can do this virtually unaided.
During the week, children from class put their suggestions forward by writing them on a slip of paper which goes in to a prominently displayed class council suggestion box. Younger children in foundation stage and year one can suggest their ideas verbally in class.
At the class council meeting the chair will raise the first item and invite the person who wrote it to explain their point of view in more detail. The chair then invites the rest of the class to discuss the matter and reach a resolution. If the resolution can be reached by adjusting something in class then it need not be taken to the full School Council. If the resolution is something that the class feels should be shared with the School Council to allow further discussion, then it is written on the school council issues sheet and put in the school council box in the hall. Repeat the above process for each issue.
During the full school council, issues discussed and resolutions will be minuted by the secretaries, who will then produce a school council newsletter. These will be distributed to classes and to other members of the school community during the following week and put on the School Council’s web-page. The newsletter is read out either by the class teacher or school council representative at the start of the next class meeting. Members of the school council will take issues raised and their ideas to discuss further with relevant members of staff and Mr Hudson and report back their findings at the next week’s School Council.
School Council Newsletter Spring Term Issue 5
This week we discussed a new issue from Classes 7 and 8, which is to plant a tree or a rose bush to remember our dinner lady, Mrs Makin who sadly has died suddenly. We will all miss her a lot and we all thought this was a great idea as well as a very important one so we will talk to Mr Hudson about it.
Secondly, we talked about having a ‘Happiness Heart’ art and P.S.H.E. competition. This will be a competition aimed at getting us to think about the importance of looking after our mental health and well-being. A letter will come to your classes tomorrow (Friday).
Next, Class 9 asked if we could discuss again with Mr Hudson their need for a replacement carpet, as the one they have got is tatty and is causing people to trip over.
Finally, Class 5 suggested we should think about having a separate morning playtime for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 as the playground is very busy and sometimes people get hurt when they bump in to each other. We thought there were a lot of good reasons for and against this idea, but after a big discussion we decided it is better to keep our playtime as it is.
Last time we met, our second issue was about the supply of whiteboard pens. Several classes had reported that their pens dry out quickly and there are no more left to be used. Mrs Hatton joined our meeting and suggested each class could be given a supply of pens to last a set amount of time and that this could help us to look after our whiteboard pens more carefully than if we have an endless supply and this is what we have done. We hope your pens are lasting longer!
Our final issue was about the condition of the wooden benches on the school playground. We are all very worried about these because several people have reported getting splinters from them and some people have noticed nails sticking out of them which is unsafe. We thought the benches were going to be removed at Christmas but, sadly, they are still there. We will discuss this issue with Mr Hudson.
We talked once again about the situation with toilets that do not lock. The upper key-stage 2 girls have reported that only one of their toilets will lock. Other children have commented that there is water all over the floor in the toilet and some children said the toilets are not clean. As the conditions in the toilets have not improved, we will speak to Mr Hudson again about this issue.
We are going to discuss these issues with Mr Hudson tomorrow and will report back in issue 6.
Thank you for all of your suggestions. Remember, that together we can work to make Chesham an even better place to learn, play and make friends!
Chesham School Council