At Fleet Infant School we have a School Council, made up of two representatives from each class in Key Stage 1, who are chosen by their classmates.
The School Council meets regularly and the meetings are facilitated by a teacher. The School Council works on a wide range of issues. We believe that every child has a voice in our school and that every child can contribute their ideas and opinions through their class representatives for discussion by the School Council.
The class representatives recently discussed what they felt worked well in school and what was not so good. The children took this to their classrooms to hear other pupils’ ideas and from that, we decided on two projects. This year the School Council has worked on a number of issues.
A School Garden – The council discussed that they would like more plants growing around the school. The children came up with the idea of fund raising for this at the Christmas Fair and discussed what they would like to do. A Teddy Tombola was chosen and teddies were collected and named with help from all the children in the school. The class representatives signed up to help manage the stall and raise funds. They had great fun watching their named teddies find new homes. The School Council will now plan ways to spend the money to develop the playground flower beds. Ideas so far include fruit and vegetable growing, and bee and butterfly friendly plants.
Tidy Coat Peg Areas – The School Council felt that the areas where the children hang their coats were getting a little untidy. The children have made posters to remind the children to hang their coats up and are monitoring each class and reporting back to Miss Parkinson. The class with the tidiest cloakroom earn a point, and the class with the most points at the end of every half term win a prize. The prizes have been chosen by the representatives and each class has voted for their prize which include a trophy, wearing own clothes and extra play.
Suggestions Box – The School Council has put a suggestions box in place for children across the school. Children are invited to share new ideas and issues that School Council could work on throughout the year. The children have provided some interesting ideas so far and given School Council a lot to think about!