Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. – Barack Obama

Welcome to our School Council page. We are looking forward to having a successful year, working hard on lots of different projects across school and representing the viewpoints of our classmates. Please check in regularly to get an update of what we have been up to!

School Council Consultation

The School Council looks to the school’s Mission Statement for its values.

The School Council is about:

  • Learning to work together
  • Learning about democracy
  • Learning how to play a positive role in our Community

The School Council’s job is to involve everyone:

  • Providing a link between children and adults working in school
  • Finding out about things children want to change
  • Coming up with ways to make things better
  • Putting those ideas into action
  • Seeing what works (evaluating).

School Council and School Improvement Partners

 

This year our School Council has representatives from FS1- Year 5 and are led by the School Improvement Partners (SIPs) who are in Year 6.

The SIPs will be responsible for chairing the meetings, producing letters and posters for the events that they are organising and collating and actioning children’s suggestions.

The School Council members will gather the opinions and ideas of their class and share them at the meetings, feedback meeting actions and support with any projects.

 

Hello this is school council and our names are Imogen, Niamh, Jack and Flynn.

We are all school council because we have been trying to make the school a better place for everybody and we will now go on to tell you the ways we want to do it.

There are suggestions from across the classes for lined football pitches, to improve the Yr5 and Yr6 toilets, new sponge balls, more sports clubs, more football nets, raising money for cancer research.

Please come and tell any school council members about any suggestions you would like to make us as school council look into.

From Imogen, Niamh, Jack and Flynn

 

During our first School Council meeting, the children brought their class suggestion boxes and shared ideas their peers had had on how to further improve the school. There were lots of wonderful ideas, such as a messy play day, more outdoor equipment and a class pet. The children chose the following priorities for the school this year.

 

  • To organise a class sponsorship event to raise money for a chosen charity.
  • For class reading areas to have soft toys within them.
  • To develop the outdoor classroom so that it can be used as a quiet space on a lunchtime.
  • To have more sports clubs in school.

 

We will share our journey towards improving the school throughout the year.

 

 

The School Council have been collecting the schools views on replacing coat pegs with lockers. The majority of children thought it was a great idea, however with a few queries we decided to ask some children in another school how they feel about the lockers that they have. We spoke to two members of the School Council at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, who have had lockers for two years now. They told us that the lockers have plenty of space for all of their belongings, such as lunchboxes, coats, PE bags and football boots. The lockers are numbered with a list up next to them with the corresponding names on. The children try to keep their own lockers clean and they empty them out every term for a more thorough clean. Some of our children were concerned about the safety of having lockers on top of one another, for example children with a locker on the bottom, bumping their head on locker doors above them. We decided it would be a good idea to have some kind of system in place, where children ensure that their locker door is always closed and that children with lockers on the bottom go first. The School Council will be sharing this information with the rest of the School before the lockers arrive over the Christmas break.

 

 

Our School Council are currently working hard to develop our schools understanding of the Protected Characteristics. They have shared lots of wonderful ideas and have decided to create a PowerPoint for the school, as well as a catchy song and dance to support their peers in remembering the characteristics, based on the acronym DR RAMPS. They have designed their own DR RAMPS character and have voted for their favourite.

 

 

After completing the PowerPoint, the School Council did a wonderful job of sharing lots of information about 7 of the Protected Characteristics in a whole school assembly, with a catchy song to help the children to remember them all. They discussed similarities and differences between people, what Equality and Discrimination mean, as well as how our school rules help us to provide a supportive environment for one another. We now have posters to display around school with DR RAMPS on to help children to name 7 of the characteristics too!

 

 

Pupil Voice

Every term the School Council bring their suggestion boxes together to discuss improvements that their class have come up with. One of our KS2 children had suggested that every class has a mindfulness box, full of items that would help children to feel happy and calm. We loved this idea and began fundraising during Mental Health Week, where we raised a total of £264 by having a ‘Wear Green’ day. This money has gone towards providing every class with a box full of mindfulness colouring, play dough, fidget toys, lavender bags, soft toys and squeezy balls. Our youngest member of the School Council did a fantastic job of sharing all of the resources out and every class is now able to access these resources throughout the day. The School Council’s next job is to decide which charity to send the leftover money to. 

 

 

School Council 2022-2023

FS1 raised over £300 with a ‘Jump in Jumpers Day’ which they spent on a water resource and Years 3 and 4 raised over £100 with a Science Fair, they will buy science resources with the money raised.

 

 

The Mayor of Wetherby

 

Our school councillors had the amazing opportunity to meet our Mayor, to ask him questions and even to try on his Mayor chain. This visit supported our learning about the British Values, about democracy as the Mayor is voted for and elected, about Individual Liberty – having the freedom of choice and how the Mayor can support this in our town and so much more! It was an exciting morning to welcome such an important member of our local community into our school. Thank you to our Mayor of Wetherby for visiting St Joseph’s! We look forward to welcoming you back to our school in the future.

 

Promoting British Values

 

This half term the school council have been working together to promote British Values across school. They have designed posters to display in classrooms and have also created their own presentation which they shared during assembly.

 

 

School Improvements

We have been collecting pupil voice as we aim to bring further improvements to the school. The School Council have met to collate their classes ideas and these have now been shared with the class teachers to look into further.  We had lots of ideas, from adding sunflowers to the FS1 garden to more science resources, new book shelves in the reading area to more places to sit on the playground.