What is the School Council?
St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School wants pupils to play an active and positive role in all aspects of their school life. A school council provides a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions that impact upon them. The ideas and views of pupils need to be taken into consideration, as pointed out by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 12 (respect for the views of the child),
Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.
Our school council, is a group of children that represents the views of all our pupils. It gives our children the opportunity to have their voices heard and be part of the whole school community.
Who are the School Council representatives?
A new school council is elected each year and is made up of representatives from each class, from Year 1 to Year 6. All school council representatives are elected by their peers at the beginning of each academic year and work alongside a designated member of staff.
School council aims:
- To meet regularly so that pupils have a place to voice their concerns, opinions and thoughts.
- To encourage all children in school to suggest ideas and improvements.
- To ensure that any suggestions or concerns are listened to and acted upon.
- To organise whole school and class events.
- To organise charity days.
- To make sure our school is a happy and safe place for all of our children.
What have we been doing (2022-2023)?
This is a list of activities carried out by the School Council, so far this year:
- We promoted Anti-Bullying Week by celebrating Odd Socks Day on November 14th. We put posters up around the school about the event, and helped by discussing it in during a whole school assembly.
- We also promoted World Hello Day during an assembly, and through the distribution of various activity sheets linked to the event. Beginning with a simple greeting on World Hello Day, people around the world send a message to leaders, encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.
- We also discussed about the need for buying some new football goals to be used in the junior yard. An old goal was measured and we selected a set of new football goals from a sports catalogue.
- We also discussed about the possibility of having ‘girls only’ football playtimes, as some of the girls didn’t want to play football with the boys.