Our School Councillors Autumn 2019/Spring 2020

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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 Autumn Term Issue 1

Welcome back to our new school year. Our new councillors are eager to help you make Chesham an even better place to learn, make friends and play together!

This week we discussed an issue raised by Class 3 last term which was to have an outside clock for the wall so that when we have lunch time clubs we know what the time is and can be more independent, instead of having to keep asking the playground supervisors what the time is. We all thought this was a great suggestion and will talk to Mr Hudson about it at our Friday lunchtime meeting.

Secondly, we talked about having the choice to wear a tie when we get into years 5 and 6 as a privilege. Again, the council thought this would be a positive thing for our school and we will discuss it on Friday.

Next, Mrs McElroy spoke to us about taking responsibility for arranging an Odd Socks Day on Friday 15th November to mark the end of our work on for Anti-Bullying Week and to raise money for Children in Need. We all agreed and so a newsletter has gone out to our families and other members of our school community to tell them about it.

Finally, Class 4 made a good suggestion during the final term of last year, which was to have a Culture Day in school. We talked about what this would involve and have come up with the idea of learning about different parts of the world, the landscape, the weather and the lives of the people who live there. We will bring the idea to Mr Hudson on Friday.

Thank you for all of your suggestions. Remember to have your weekly Class Council meeting and to put your ideas in to the suggestions box. Thank you!

 

Chesham School Council

 

School Council Newsletter 2 Autumn Term 2019

 

Issue 1: Firstly, we discussed an idea to have a ramp built directly from school to the tennis courts. The councillors discussed that it would cost a lot of money, that we would need permission from the tennis club and that it is not that far to walk any way! However, they still decided to discuss the issue with Mr Hudson.

Issue 2: Secondly, we discussed a serious problem brought to our attention by Class 3. They have told us there are holes in the fence at the front of school and that people have been seen climbing through them going in to and out of school. As this is a safety issue we will be speaking with Mr Hudson about this. Thank you to Class 3 for bringing it to our attention.

 Issue 3: We also discussed that there are problems with some of our school toilets. Some children reported that the toilets are wet on the floor when they go to use them. An idea was suggested to have taps that you press and which switch off automatically to save water from being wasted. Again, this is a really serious issue so we will discuss it with Mr Hudson.

 

Last week we talked to Mr Hudson about having an outside clock put up so we can tell the time from the playground. Mr Hudson thought that this was a good suggestion and said it could be done!

Mrs Hatton looked in to the cost of school ties but when we discussed this with Mr Hudson, he said it was too much to expect parents to pay in addition to the uniform we already have. Also, we would need to change the sort of shirts we have because a tie would not work with a polo shirt.

We discussed the idea of having a culture/geography day with Mrs Harrison who loved the idea and is looking at a way to include this in our Christmas around the world theme.

We would like to thank everyone for their fantastic ideas. We hope you all enjoy dressing up in odd socks for Children in Need Day on Friday 14th November.

Remember that together we can make Chesham an even better place to learn, play and make friends.

Chesham School Council

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