School Council Introduction 2020/2021
Pupil Voice, Pupil Power!
Our School Council is led by the children, who are democratically voted in by their peers and represent all the children across school, upholding our shared belief in: ‘Pupil Voice, Pupil Power’.
Each year, the children decide upon a list of goals and ambitions based on making Gulworthy Primary School, the local community and the wider world an even better place to live and learn. Each year, the members of the School Council raise awareness about an urgent issue or to support the learning ethos of the school.
How do I get elected if I want to become part of the School Council?
Elections for the School Council are held every year in the autumn term. If you have just served on the School Council for the previous year, we ask that you do not stand again for the next year, as we like to give different children the chance to take part.
This year, at School Council election time, children from Class 2 are invited to stand if they are interested. Unfortunately we can only elect members from this class initially as children from different classes are not allowed to mix. We hope that in time the restrictions from the COVID pandemic will be eased so that all children in school can play an active role as School Councillor and represent their year group.
If you are in Class 3 and are keen to become a member, you will need to prepare a short speech to persuade class members to vote for you! You might like to prepare a campaign poster or write some notes to help you. Share with your class all the reasons why you would make a great Class Councillor – perhaps you are full of good ideas, a good listener, maybe you are good at organising events and enthusiastic about making Gulworthy Primary School even better.
After you have shared your ideas with your class, everyone in your class will be asked to vote. The elections for School Council are a good example of democracy; this means everyone in your class has the chance to be involved in deciding who will be the Class Councillors, as everyone has a vote. We use a ballot box and votes are counted by pupil returning officers. Our elections run just like the General Election that decides who is in government for the country.
Who is the lead teacher for the School Council?
Mrs Mammatt attends all the meetings and clubs and oversees the work of the School Council. Pupils lead the meetings and take minutes. Mrs Mammatt is there to listen to ideas and guide you with practical suggestions on how these can be put into action.
When does the School Council meet?
The School Council meets regularly through the school year. The School Council progress board gives you information about School Council members, what the School Council has been working on as well as the agendas and minutes for the meetings. These can be found on this website page also.
I am not a member of the School Council. How are my views and ideas listened to?
If you have a great idea or something you want the School Council to discuss, please use the suggestions wallet or speak to your Class teacher who will pass this on to School Councillors via their teacher. Your Class Councillors are the link between the class and the School Council. When the School Council is taking forward an action e.g. choosing new class names, they will ask your class for ideas and they will then share these at the School Council meeting so that everyone’s views are considered.
How can I find out more about the work of School Councils?
You can visit the CBBC Newsround website to find out more about being in a School Council. Click on the link below.
Elections and voting will take place next week on Thursday 17th September during afternoon assembly. Please write or type your speech onto paper so that it can also be shared and read to children in Class One and Two. The whole school will then make their votes.
If you are interested, please inform your teacher before this date.
School Council Minutes
Keep in touch with the work of the School Council by reading the minutes of our meetings.