Notes from our latest School Council Meeting:
We have had a very exciting time in school lately and we have decided on many items. We have voted for roles within our council and decided upon our constitution. As a group we decided that we would support the Little Princess Trust as Rihanna, one of our members, had shaved her head in support of other girls and boys around the country. She raised close to £1000 alone and as a school, our community added an extra £400 to this amount.
For the Spring term, we have decided to support the British Heart Foundation and will be running our own fundraising sponsored event with the skipping ropes that have been added to our ‘Huff and Puff’ shed.
Also this term, we are hoping to make special links with our local secondary school – Wadebridge and will be starting to work with a local group of green-fingered friends who are aiming to bring the pond back to life.
It will be an exciting term indeed.
We are the voice of the students:
We aim to get things done to make our school better.
To find ways to improve our school.
To give every pupil a voice and to make all decision making fair.
Membership and Elections
Any pupils of St Merryn Primary School can put themselves forward to be elected democratically at the beginning of each new year.
Representatives from the previous year’s election stand before the class describing the role and responsibilities of a Class Representative.
Every student, once fully informed of the role and responsibilities, is encouraged to stand for election stating their reasons before the class.
Each candidate may be given time to write a speech to present their class which will explain why they think they would be the best person to represent the views of their class.
Then the classes vote for the person who they feel would get the job done the best by writing down the name of the person they decide on.
Elected members will be announced in assembly and names will be confirmed on the school website for whole school recognition.
Current School Council Members
All members of the school council have a duty to report back any information they discuss to their classes.
They must also make sure they represent the views of every child in their own classes by sharing them at school council.
They can record this information in their school council book.
Roles are selected in a democratic election process where members vote with a show of hands.
Chairperson: Will Bray
Vice Chair Person: Finley Webber and Jack …
Link teacher: Mr Watson
Roles of the School Council Members
All members of the school council have a duty to report back any information they discuss to their classes. They must also make sure they represent the views of every child in their own classes by sharing them at school council. They can record this information in their school council book.
Chairperson: The Chairperson runs the meetings. First, they read through the last meeting’s minutes to check they are a true reflection of what happened; if all members agree, the minutes are signed. The chair then forms and shares the meeting’s agenda with the school council and works through this.
The Chairperson will also be responsible for taking notes (minutes) in all meetings and ensures there are enough copies to be looked at for the next meeting. It is also their job to do the register.
Vice Chair Person: The Vice Chairperson needs to be prepared to lead the meeting if the Chair is absent. They also support the Chairperson in their role, when required. When the minutes have been signed, the Vice Chair takes them to the office to be filed.
Treasurer: The treasurer records any money raised, donated or spent for the school council.
Committee members: These members listen to the Chairperson and contribute their own and the ideas of their class and vote for any ideas put forward.
School council meetings are held regularly. For the meeting to go ahead there must be at least 8 council members present. Decisions will be made using a hands up or blind voting system. If a decision can’t be reached, it will be the link teacher who will cast the deciding vote. Ideas and questions are put to classes/the whole school before they are voted on in school council.
School Council Code of Conduct
As agreed by the School Council:
Be a good listener