What is the School Council?
The school council is an important part of our Federation. The council is made up of elected school children from years 2 to 6, who represent and bring a voice to the school leaders from their class peers. The council work to make improvements to the school and the way we do things.
They agree on a key project that could be developed or an aspect of school that could be improved. They gather thoughts and opinions from their peers and feedback these at the council meeting.
In the meetings, everyone gets a chance to speak and once all ideas are heard, they vote on the best ideas and then start working on changing things. Sometimes they present to Mrs Hill or other teachers, sometimes they have to make phone calls to people outside of the school, carry out research in order to help make the best decisions and actions.
Who are the School Councillors?
Every year, we run an election campaign to vote for two new representatives from each class. A good representative will speak at the council meetings about things that their class is interested in. They will also tell their class about what is going on in the council meetings and put the minutes up in the classroom.
The minutes are the notes that we take at the meetings; they explain what we said and what will happen next. Click here if you would like to read this weeks minutes.
We try to be very professional in the council so we use a lot of business words. Hopefully this will help.
- Agenda – a list of things to talk about
- Councillor – someone who has been voted for to work for their class mates on the school council
- Minutes – the notes taken during a meeting so people can see what goes on
- What School Council Representatives Have To Do
The things you’ll be expected to do are …
- Speak on behalf of the rest of your class
- Make important decisions about all sorts of things
- Attend regular meetings and give up your own time to do project work
- Take everyone’s comments seriously
- Make sure the minutes are displayed in your class
- Report back to your class all of the decisions that the council makes
The Perfect Schools Council Representative
The attributes you may have, if you are a good councillor are:
- Approachable; that is someone that other people feel comfortable coming up and talking to.
- Cheerful and enthusiastic
- Get along well with people
- Have good concentration
- Be a good listener (look at the person who’s talking)
- Be a good explainer
- Respect other people’s ideas ~ be open minded
- Confident ~ don’t be shy
- Don’t think about yourself and what you want ~ you’re there to speak for everyone