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.
Be Safe, Be Seen
To coincide with Road Safety week, we held a competition for children to design an item of clothing that would help them 'Be Bright, Be Seen'. We had loads of entries which we had to narrow down to choose our final winners. In an assembly led by Aimee-Claire from Sustrans, we read out the winners and they won some fantastic prizes.
All year groups enjoyed a very informative assembly and were reminded of key messages about how to stay safe at this time of year. Year 3 and Year 2 had exciting workshops throughout the day.
KS2 School Councillors 2017-18
Over the last 3 terms, the school councillors have been working hard on a number of projects to make improvements to the school and school life.
Below are a list of events so far completed.
- Brought football nets to the MUGA
- Requested new football kits for both boys' and girls' teams (and they have recently been delivered!)
- Organised a non-school uniform event and arranged for every class to undertake 30 minutes of 'something sporty' to raise money for Children in Need.
- Ensured the playground toilets are always clean
- Organised and ran a comic competition where all the comics will be displayed in the library for everyone to read
- Made improvements to the Friendship buddy system in the playground to ensure it is more effective
KS2 achievements throughout 2016 - 17
What a proactive and fantastic council we had! Thank you!
Ben Smith came in to 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.
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.