School Eco Council

Children are at the heart of our school community. As a school we value the thoughts, ideas and opinions of all our children and the School Council is one way of ensuring the voice of the children is heard and has an impact on the development of the school.

Class Representatives

Children are at the heart of our school community. As a school we value the thoughts, ideas and opinions of all our children and the School and Eco Council is one way of ensuring the voice of the children is heard and has an impact on the development of the school.

Class Representatives
Our School and Eco Council consist of two representatives from each class from Year 1 to Year 5 and four representatives from Year 6. The Council meets frequently to express views and make suggestions and decisions. After each meeting the Councillors are given time to feed back to their class.

In order to become a School and Eco Councillor pupils have to be voted in by their classmates. Prospective candidates have to convince their class that they are the right person for the job. They are elected by their classes near the start of Term 1 and they then have an extremely important job to do:

  • They are responsible for the ongoing process of gathering ideas and opinions of the children throughout the school and reporting back to the Council, staff members and Headteacher.
  • They bring new ideas forward for how we can improve our school and local environment.
  • They often develop fund raising ideas for the school and for other local or national charities.
  • Once they have identified a priority, they lead the initiative to enhance what we do as a school.
  • They develop initiatives to make our school an Eco School by driving forward change, making the whole community more environmentally aware and improving the school environment.

 

What have we achieved in 2017-18?

Successful initiatives have included fund raising for Children In Need and more recently raising money for the NSPCC by organising a sponsored bounce. Thanks to the children’s efforts, we have raised over £2300 for the NSPCC. Their organisation and enthusiasm made the whole morning run smoothly and everyone had lots of fun!

As part of our journey towards obtaining Eco School status the Council have carried out an Environmental Review and visited each class to gather information about the things we already do in school and the things we need to do in future to make our school more environmentally friendly. From this they developed an action plan which identifies projects that we can work on to improve our school environment, the local community and the wider world.

The Eco Council held a whole school assembly to highlight problems caused by plastic pollution and inform the staff and pupils about the damage it is doing to our world. As a consequence of this the school became involved in a local campaign to reduce the use of plastic used in one week. This is an area that we have also included in our Eco Schools’ action plan so that we continue to reduce the amount of plastic we use and find environmentally friendly alternatives.

In Term 5 we are holding our own ‘General Election’. Any pupil who would like to be ‘Prime Minister’ has to submit a manifesto. A whole school election will then take place to vote for a candidate. The winner will be ‘Prime Minister’ for the day in school, and will carry out important jobs with the Head Teacher.

We look forward to another exciting and successful year with the ideas and suggestions from our School and Eco Councillors as they continue to support improvements in our school.

 

What we are working on in 2018/19

 We have been working hard on our Eco School status. We are delighted to have achieved the Silver Award this year and we are hoping to be able to apply for our Green Flag by the end of the summer term. Watch this space!

Click here for our eco action plan.

What did we achieve in 2016-17?

Successful initiatives in the past have included supporting the Demelza House charity and raising money for Children In Need.

This year we have raised money for the Toilet Twinning charity. The school target was to raise £300 to twin five individual toilets in a developing country. However, thanks to the children’s efforts, we raised over £700 which will fund the building of 3 school toilet blocks.

We are currently interested in developing our playtimes and improving and increasing the equipment available at playtimes. We have carried out a whole school questionnaire and have written to the PTAFA, who have agreed to provide some funding for new equipment.

In Term 5 we are holding our own ‘General Election’. Any pupil who would like to be ‘Prime Minister’ has to submit a manifesto. A whole school election will then take place to vote for a candidate. The winner will be ‘Prime Minister’ for the day in school, and will carry out important jobs with the Head Teacher.

We look forward to another exciting and successful year with the ideas and suggestions from our School Councillors as they continue to support improvements in our school.