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School Council

Here are the songs for our Summer Show.  Please practise them!

Our School Council

School Councils are democratically elected groups of pupils who represent their peers and provide children with opportunities to become partners in their own education, making a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos.

At Shoreham Village School, elections are held during the first term of the new academic year.  Following a class discussion with the teacher on the role of the council, children are invited to put themselves forward for nomination and give a short presentation to their class. The children then vote for their chosen girl and boy.

The children are encouraged to be involved with the running of their school and any issues they wish to raise or suggestions they wish to make are considered by the Council and appropriate action is taken. This gives the children a feeling of ownership as they know their views are valued, discussed and acted upon.

 

Why we have a School Council

  • A school is a community and pupil councils help to make our community harmonious and good to live in.
  • Our School Council enables pupils to make a positive contribution to their school environment and its ethos.
  • Every child learns to listen to others and to recognise themselves as a worthwhile individual with a right to be heard.
  • Children learn self-confidence and social skills.
  • From a young age, children are challenged to be responsible for their behaviour towards each other and towards their teachers and helpers.
  • Contributing to their class and school community allows children to grow in self-esteem.
  • Every child learns from their own experience how to contribute to society as a whole and what it means to be an active citizen.

 

Projects inspired by the views of our School Council

Christmas Bazaar

The children asked if they could raise funds to purchase play equipment by running a stall at the Christmas Bazaar.  They planned and organised games and enlisted the help of relatives to make jams, tea-cosies and other items to sell. 

 

Lunchtime Clubs

The children were keen to extend the opportunities for club activities at lunchtime and offered to set up and run clubs for pupils throughout the school.  They created a questionnaire to seek the views of all pupils on which clubs would be popular and then voted for Year 6 pupils to run the clubs.  The clubs included: Football, Film and Street Dance and have proved to be very popular.

 

Less Litter

The children felt that litter on the playground was an issue.  They spoke to the whole school in an Assembly they had prepared and set up a poster campaign to raise awareness of the issue.  They raised funds to buy new, attractive bins and were delighted that their actions had an immediate and long-lasting impact on the behaviours of pupils and their school environment.


 

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