Why do we have a School's Council?
The School’s Council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way the school is run. The School Council benefits the whole school, pupil and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made. Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each Councillor to ensure that they express both their own views of all the other pupils they represent.
As there are so many classes now in Ashton Gate, we are running two School Councils; KS1 supported by Mrs Fradgley and KS2 supported by Miss Edwards. We aim to meet at least once per term and hold a few joint school meetings throughout the year.
Term 3 update from KS2
This term has been a busy one. We have had a few productive meetings with lots going on.
Decisions have been to fund a visit from Ben Smith to come and give us a motivational speech about his amazing 401 marathons in 401 days and anti-bullying campaign. We decided to hold a non-school uniform day to raise money and then each class had chance to run a mile around the MUGA (18 laps!). Check out the photos!
We have also managed to introduce bench buddy sashes to encourage more people to go to the bench buddy's to help with their problems instead of adults – look out for these on the playground.
During our last meeting we had a visit from some of our Governors who talked to us about their role at the school. They also wanted to know about how safe we felt in school.
Next term on-going projects:
Term 2 Projects from KS2
After deciding that the Friendship Benches and Bench Buddies need to be more prominent in the playground, they have launched a competition to design a Bench Buddy badge. The 2 winning designs (1 from KS1 and 1 from KS2) will be made up in to badges and worn by Bench Buddies on the playground from Term 2. The Bench Buddies role will be to help other children who might being lonely or be having friendship issues on the playground. Keep your eyes out for children with the badges to help you!
Nancy is hoping to change the menus for Terms 3 and 4 and has asked the councillors to feedback what is liked and what they would suggest to be added to the menu. Look at the new menus to see if they have any of your ideas on them!
Over the years, the School Council have done an amazing job to help make a difference to the school. Some of their bigger projects have included making Playground 'Chill out boxes', organising and helping to paint friendship benches for the playground, organised and advertised a whole school BBQ, helped to design the menus for the kitchen, submitted pans for new playground equipment (including the graffiti in the Upton playground), road safety audits, new PlayPod equipment, names for the new houses and improved signage in the toilets.