Our School Councillors Spring/Summer 2019

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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.

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                                      School Council Newsletter 2018 -25/4/19

Our first issue this week, was from the Class 6 councillors who put forward a very strong case for needing a classroom carpet. They think a carpet will make the room safer (the floor has some holes in it) and quieter, making it a much nicer environment to work in. The council team spoke to Mr Hudson who said Class 6 will be getting a carpet and that if it all goes to plan it might be fitted during the half term holiday!

The second issue was to have a foam ball for play time games rather than a football. The reason for this suggestion is that some pupils explained that it hurts when they get hit by a ball. It was explained that the ball used at play times is not a leather football and has been chosen to be a lot lighter to avoid injuries. Council would like to remind the younger children to keep away from the football side of the playground. We decided a foam ball would not be the answer because it would get dirty and wet so we will stick to the ball we use now.

The third issue was to have tables on the playground so that children could colour in at playtime if they wished. It was pointed out that our playground is already a very busy place and that tables would cause further crowding. We also discussed that playtime is an opportunity to get active and exercise so we will not be discussing this suggestion with Mr Hudson.

Finally, Class 5 requested a new bulb for their projector as it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to see the board during lessons. Councillors thought it is important that the children in this room can see the board and discussed the issue with Mr Hudson who said a bulb will be ordered. Class 2 said they also find it hard to see the whiteboard but this is because they need their blinds replacing rather than a bulb which is a separate issue to be discussed another time.

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

School Council Newsletter Summer Term 2018 -16/5/19

Our first issue this week, was a suggestion from Class 5 to have an art club for years 3, 4, 5 and 6. The Class 5 councillors explained this is because they enjoyed the KS1 art club run by Mrs Percival and think it would be good to have one for KS2 children too. The school council think this is a great suggestion and will discuss it with Mr Hudson.

The second issue was from the Bumblebees who have asked for a box of books to read in their outside classroom. After a long discussion, the school council voted against this idea as the councilors are worried that the books could get damaged outside and they think it is better to read in the inside reading area.

The final issue we discussed was to have a well-being dog at our school. This is a dog that could help children with their mental health and well-being. Lots of helpful comments were made in our discussion about this. One person thought it was not a good idea because some people are afraid of dogs and others are allergic to them. Others thought it would be a lovely idea to help people who are feeling upset and that it would help children to take responsibility for looking after the dog. In our vote we decided we wanted to discuss this idea more with Mr Hudson.

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