Our School Council is made up of 15 children, representatives from every year group other than Foundation Stage. This year six children share the roles of Chair and Secretary. The Secretary is responsible for taking and writing up the Minutes. In previous years we have held elections but this year's councillors were appointed on the strength of their applications. We had some amazing applications which resulted in 15 rather than the usual 12 appointments.
The Council meet once a month for an hour. During this time we discuss the progress of our current project and the children bring any matters to the meeting that their peers have raised. Throughout the year the councillors talk to the whole school during assemblies, updating everyone on the matters in hand. If it is necessary to go out of the school then a small number of councillors will be selected on rotation.
Another very important role of the School Council is that of interviewing any prospective teachers. A meeting with the School Council is very much included in the candidates' day.
Last year our School Council worked on three key areas:
- Playground top tips – sharing ideas and plans to make playtimes the best they can be;
- Healthy Eating – thinking about different ways of promoting healthy eating and thinking in particular about promoting healthier playtime snacks;
- Researching our school pet project
Following the hard work of both last year's and this year's School Council, which included visiting another school, carrying out research and writing to parents and governors, talking to the children and the Local Authority we introduced Kizzy, our school dog.
Kizzy was born on 29th January. She is a mini double doodle, and she is expected to grow to approximately the size of a Springer Spaniel.
Kizzy's first day at school was 11th April. She went to each class to meet the children, those who wanted to were able to stroke her. There were lots of smiles and tail wagging. She completed her first day by making an appearance at Golden Worship where she got to meet some of the parents.
Kizzy has settled really well into school life. She adores the children and frantically wags her tail as she approaches the school door. I have been thrilled by how her presence has really had an impact on several children and that so many others have voiced how much they like her being in school because she makes them happy.
The School Council and I are delighted by the positive comments which are being made by children, parents and staff. We are looking forward to watching Kizzy grow and develop her role in school. The School Council will update the website regularly so that we can all watch Kizzy grow up and develop into a wonderful school dog.