Our school Councillors Spring/Summer 2018 (More photos coming soon)

         

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 each 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 laminated card. Repeat the above process for each issue.

Class council members should bring their laminated issues sheet with them to the weekly council meeting (held on Mondays 12.45-1.10pm) in the meeting room with Mrs McElroy.  (KS2 councillors are permitted to go straight in for lunch on Mondays so that they can eat in time for the meeting). If the issues submitted are discussed, these will be erased from the laminated sheet. If they are not discussed, they will be left on the laminated sheet for the following week.

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.

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School Council Newsletter Spring Term 2018 -5/2/18

Issue 1: At today’s meeting a suggestion was made that we should repaint the pebbles outside our school. We discussed if it would be too difficult to dig up the old pebbles and wondered if it would be possible for us all to paint a new pebble and to display these somewhere else in our school grounds, for instance around Mrs Maidment’s tree. Many of us thought this was a good idea and so we will discuss it with Mr Hudson.

Issue 2: An idea was proposed that we should have air fresheners in our upper junior toilets. Everyone thought this was a good idea and we will discuss it with Mr Hudson. Whilst we were discussing the toilets, the issue of the missing locks in the girls’ toilets was raised. Mrs McElroy said she would investigate further and arrange for these to be replaced.

Issue 3: An idea was put forward for a competition to suggest new names for our house point teams. Again, many of us thought it would be good to change the names and we will discuss it with Mr Hudson.

Issue 4: In our last meeting, we discussed the need for improved lighting on the playground during the winter months as several members of the council reported finding it a bit hazardous going home after they have been at after school clubs when it is dark. The school councillors think it would be helpful to have an outside light installed outside the foundation stage play area. We all thought this would be really helpful, so we will be going to talk to Mr Hudson about it.

 

Thank you once again for all of your suggestions. Remember, that together we can work to make Chesham an even better place to learn, play and make friends!

Lewis and Emily

(School Council Secretaries) 

Pictured below, are some of our previous councillors in action at one of their meetings.