The School Council at Old Park aims to provide the opportunity for pupils to become partners in their own education and to make a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos. We want to develop and promote children’s self-confidence, social skills and promote responsible behaviour towards each other and towards their teachers.
Old Park Primary School Council develops the pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding of how to contribute to society as a whole and what it means to be an active citizen. We want to develop pupils’ recognition of themselves as worthwhile individuals with a right to ‘be heard’ and allow the children to have a ‘voice’ and to share their opinions and ideas with others.
At Old Park School, we want the School Council to develop important life skills that promote positive mental health and social welfare, emotional literacy, critical and moral reasoning, self-esteem, self-awareness, communication skills, relationship skills and assertiveness.
Class peers elect two members from each class who nominate themselves for the role. The post is for one year, unless elected again in the new academic year by following the election process. The exception of representatives are nursery and Year 1. In Year 6 it is the House Captains that sit on the school council.
Meetings are held once a week whereby issues are discussed, ideas shared and concerns raised. Suggestions, improvements and notices then get fed back to classes via the class representatives. School council reps also help to lead House Assemblies house points are totalled and the weekly winners revealed.
Year 6 representatives run the School Council Shop, open daily at breaktimes Monday to Thursday, selling pens, pencils, notebooks and other small stationery items. School Council then vote on how the profit from the shop should be spent to benefit all pupils.
Purpose and Aims
T – Teamwork
E – Endurance
A – Attitude
M – More
S – Success
Our Sports Council helps to ensure that pupils have:
- A safe and happy sports learning environment
- A forum to voice their concerns and act upon them
- An opportunity to take an active part in the management of sports and promoting healthy living around school
Our Sports Council encourages pupils to develop:
- A sense of ownership over policy and practice
- A consensus over school issues, such as sports clubs and having a healthy lifestyle
- Responsibility towards the school community and environment
Our Sports Council will give pupils experience of:
- Planning, organising and monitoring sports clubs and dinner time clubs.
- Speaking, listening and debating
- Teaching them about roles, rights and responsibilities within the school system
- Attending regular meetings and understanding the processes involved
- Ensuring equipment is safe and at an appropriate level for the correct age group
- Ensuring the P.E. areas of school are tidy and safe to enter
- Reporting back to class after each meeting
What do our Representatives say about their role?
“I love being a School Council Rep because I feel it is a huge responsibility and feel I can change the school to make it an even better place. We lead lots of events in school and I am honoured to have been elected by my class to represent them.” Dhylan
“I have lots of ideas about how we can change things at school to make improvement. Being on School Council gives me the opportunity to share and discuss these ideas” Anya
“For me, School Council is all about helping others. I enjoy the responsibility of helping to run the school shop and whenever we have visitors to school I feel proud to show them around” Maisha