What is a School Council?
At Knollmead Primary School, our School Council members are a highly valued group of children who represent the voice and opinions of all the children within our school. The school council is an elected group of children who meet regularly and work together to represent the pupils of Knollmead Primary School.
Through our School Council we aim to develop young leadership skills, whilst supporting student democracy. Most importantly, our strong team of Councillors aim to promote the well-being of the children within our inclusive school.
The School's Council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way the school is run. The School Council benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made.
How long can you be a School Councillor for?
School Councilors are elected to represent their classes for one year.
How the School Council is run
We have an active School Council with a boy and girl representing each year group from Reception to Year 6. Each member was elected by their class at the beginning of the school year after a short discussion explaining why they should be elected. The School Council then follows the principles of a democratic society to make decisions.
The School Council is run and led by the children, supported by a member of staff, and takes an active role in making decisions and suggestions on behalf of the children in the school.
Members of the Council meet monthly, taking part in organising fund raising events, discussing issues related to the curriculum and taking suggestions from their class to the meetings.
What have we done so far?
So far this year, the School Council has taken part in organising a Harvest Collection. This has involved collecting and donating some food and toiletries to the elderly. Our collection was donated to a local residence called “The White House.” Also this year we have set a date for a school enterprise day, organised extra cloakroom facilities, ordered more toys for the playground, discussed extra clubs for KS1 and KS2 pupils and taken part in the interview process for a new Headteacher of our school. In addition we have raised money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Pencils to Malawi
In February of this year The School Council supported an initiative to send some new pencils and pens to our friends in M’Teza school. We have supported M’Teza Primary School in Malawi since 2010 through our links with the charity African Vision Malawi. The school has over 800 pupils from age 6 to 18 but only have 4 classrooms and very few resources. The children, many of whom are orphans, are all keen to have an education and can walk up to 3 kilometres to get to school each day. In addition they have very few possessions to call their own, so often have to share equipment like pencils and paper during their lessons. We asked each class to collect in as many new pens and pencils as possible and we have now passed these on to our friends in Africa.