Our School Council Projects
“Participation is defined as actively involving children and young people in decision making processes that affect their lives and their communities, including schools. Participation means giving children and young people as many opportunities as possible to express their opinions, decision takers listening to what they say and whenever possible acting on what they hear. Where it is not possible to incorporate all that is said by children and young people then clear explanations should be provided”
An effective School Council is one whose views and opinions are given weight and consideration and that acts as an agent for change in the school through participation.
Fairfield School Council consists of a group of 15 pupils from Year 2-Year 6 who are elected by their peers to represent their views on whole school issues and put forward ideas from their classes. The School Council meets half-termly, with 2 link teachers present (Mrs Brame and Mrs Sim). They also share ideas and decisions from School Council with their classes, lead assemblies and meet with staff, parents, governors and other interested parties. Decisions made within School Council can, and do, have a real impact on the rest of our School.
Everyone has a job on the School Council because we think it’s important that the children run it and are fully involved in it. The roles and responsibilities are:
- Chairperson: Chairs the meeting
- Vice Chairperson: Supports chairing the meeting with the chair.
- Secretary: Writes minutes in the meeting, photocopies and hands out information as agendas and minutes to all School Council children
- Treasurer: Logs any funds
Fairfield School Councillors 2017-18
Playground Sports Leaders
The school council took suggestions about improving playtimes and one of the ideas they came up with was pupils who could act as playground leaders. As a result, a group of Year 5 children are being trained to help with activities on the playground. The children expressed a wish to also continue as Sports Leaders at lunchtime. These children will set up and help run playground games and activities and will be trained in January 2018 by Mr Steven Woods and Mrs Dumbell.
On 9th May it was the turn of our Year 2 School Council to deliver items to the Foodbank warehouse. They learnt about how it works and had a look around. First of all the items are weighed and then they are sorted and put on the shelves in date order. They are then sent out to the Widnes Foodbanks.
On 19th October we had a School assembly for Harvest Festival. Mrs Pierce showed us all the food donations that were brought in and asked the School Council to help pack the food parcels to give to Widnes Foodbank.
A big THANKYOU to everyone who donated items.
On 2nd November the School Council helped to pack up the food donations and the Foodbank collected them.
On 8th November the School Council were invited to Widnes Foodbank warehouse with Mrs Paget and Mrs Feakes. It was really interesting to see where our donations went to.
Two of our Year 5 pupils have made a game which many children have enjoyed playing at dinner times. The game includes many choices and decisions to be made. It is a wonderful opportunity for children to play and learn together.
Our Prefects went to Victoria Park on Armistice Day to lay crosses at the Cenotaph and to listen to the service delivered by Rev Lyn McIver and ex service men in recognition of all those brave service men and women of Widnes who died for our country.
Our School Council interviewed Mr Derek Twigg MP on his recent visit to our School. They asked some really interesting and difficult questions such as, "Which was your favourite debate?". Mr Twigg MP told the children about his career and life as an MP. He also told the School Council Members about how he was born and brought up in Widnes.
Mr Twigg MP also called into two assemblies and talked to our children in KS1 and EYFS and also to KS2. Mr Twigg was also delighted to have a tour around our Upper School Building to see all the fabulous work going on there to refurbish and extend the facilities.
School Council Meeting Minutes