At Newton Hill Community School we value the viewpoints of our pupils and we believe that their voice should be at the heart of our school community. Therefore, we feel it is fundamental for pupils to have control over particular aspects of school life in order to improve our school further.
Our School Council display is located outside the hall, with photographs of our current representatives and information about themselves. Our representatives also wear badges on their school uniform for the duration of their time on the school council.
What does a school council representative do?
Each year every class votes and elects two new representatives to represent their class at school council meetings. Their job is to collect the views of the children they represent and then to share these ideas at School Council meetings. These ideas will then be discussed and debated with their fellow representatives where they will then decide on how they can make these ideas happen.
The School Council Coordinator is present in the meetings to lead and to ensure each representative’s viewpoint has been considered.
What have we done so far?
Since our School Council started we have;
- Had 28 pupils successfully represent us on our School Council and each receive certificates as recognition of their hard work.
- Raised money for Children in Need by holding a bun sale. The pupils helped to bake the buns and then sold them to pupils and staff in school.
- Raised awareness of Christmas Jumper Day for Text Santa and made pupils aware of the charities we were raising money for.
- Asked pupils for their views on school lunches and reported the results back to staff.
- Asked pupils for ideas on what they would like to have as the House Treat at the end of each half term.
- Supported the School Council Coordinator with organising the House Treat for all pupils.
- Conducting a questionnaire on the pupils’ views of our school.
- Setting up a school council suggestion box.
- Understanding their role as a representative
Our future plans will include:
- Being responsible for a small budget
- Partaking in learning walks around the school
- Promoting events such as Anti-Bullying week and advising pupils on what they can do if they are being bullied or know someone who is
- Helping our reps to really understand their role
- Create our own vision that we want the school council to work towards