The school council works to make improvements to the school and the way we do things at Woodgate. We look around for things that could be better and discuss what to do. Everyone gets a chance to speak and when we’ve finished we vote on the best ideas and then start working on changing things. Sometimes we have to talk to Mr Bradley or other teachers and sometimes we have to make phone calls to people outside of the school.
Who are the School Councillors?
Every year we run an election campaign to vote for two new representatives for each class. A good representative will speak at the council meetings about things that their class is interested in. They will also tell their class about what is going on in the council meetings and put the minutes up in the classroom.
The minutes are the notes that we take at the meetings; they explain what we said and what will happen next. If your class representative was at the meeting their name will be present. If they explained to Mr Bradley that they couldn't come their name will be in the apologies and if they just didnt bother showing up their names will be in absent.
We try to be very professional in the council so we use a lot of business words. Hopefully this will help.
Agenda - a list of things to talk about
Councillor - someone who has been voted for to work for their class mates on the school council
Minutes - the notes taken during a meeting so people can see what goes on
Motion - an idea for the council to discuss
What School Council Representatives Have To Do
The things you’ll be expected to do are ...
- Speak on behalf of the rest of your class
- Make important decisions about all sorts of things
- Attend regular meetings and give up your own time to do project work
- Take everyone’s comments seriously
- Make sure the minutes are displayed in your class
- Report back to your class all of the decisions that the council makes
The Perfect Schools Council Representative
The kind of person you need to be is ...
- Approachable; that is someone that other people feel comfortable coming up and talking to.
- Cheerful and enthusiastic
- Get along well with people
- Have good concentration
- Be a good listener (look at the person who’s talking)
- Be a good explainer
- Respect other people’s ideas ~ be open minded
- Confident ~ don’t be shy
- Don’t think about yourself and what you want ~ you’re there to speak for everyone
Meet the School Council Team
School Council 2016/2017
The following children have been elected by their classes.
Poppy, Millie, Danaii and Grace
Issy, Mia, Emmanuel and Summer
Kane and Paul
Zak and Jared
Ruby and Paige
Ashton and Larenz
Maizy and Nia
Congratulations to all these children and we look forward to their contributions to the life of the school this year!
School council meeting 15.6.17
Agenda: Identified risks in playgrounds
In our last meeting, we took a walk around the KS1 and KS2 playgrounds to identify any hazards that could cause injuries to us. During today’s meeting, we discussed the hazards that we found, how they could cause an injury and what should be done to make them safer. Here are the risks we talked about:
Broken benches could easily fall apart when we sit on them – replacements should be bought or the old ones should be fixed.
The football nets in the KS2 playground are falling off and have huge holes in – someone could easily catch their foot causing them to fall over or twist their ankle.
There is a small tree stump in the grass on the KS2 playground which isn’t easy to see – if someone is running around, they could trip over it. It should be cut out or something placed around it so we know it is there.
Uneven slabs – a foot could get trapped or we could trip over them.
Thorn bushes need cutting back to prevent any scratches.
School council meeting 18.5.17
Agenda: School playground safety walks
Today, we completed a safety walk around our two playgrounds: the infant and junior playground.
We were given whiteboards to write down any dangerous hazards that we could see.
Here are a few of the hazards we noticed:
Large gaps in the slabs
Wood which could easily give splinters
Tree stumps which aren’t easy to see
Football being played on concrete
Ripped football net hanging on the floor
Slippy drains on the grass.
In our next meeting, we will discuss these hazards and what could be done to make them safe.
School council meeting 27.4.17
Agenda: School dinners
We started off the meeting by talking in pairs about our thoughts and feelings regarding school dinners. Most of the panel agreed that the portions (especially in KS2) needed to be bigger. One member noticed that the cooks sometimes only gave half a scoop of something e.g. mash or vegetables. This lead onto the conversation that not all children necessarily want more food so it would be thrown away and wasted. Another member said that instead of being given bigger portions, they should be asked if they want more.
The panel all agreed that they thoroughly enjoy the food served on Wednesdays and Fridays. They thought that there should be more themed food days. For example, food from around the world (Chinese one week, French the next etc). One member thought this would link in with Geography.
Next we discussed school/trip sandwiches. One member stated that there was nothing in them (“I don’’t like raisins so I was left with a sandwich, an apple and a drink.”) and they wanted more exciting things such as chocolate and crisps. Miss Byrne mentioned that the staff encourage children to eat healthy so chocolate would not be provided. We then thought of some healthy snacks such as yoghurts and popcorn. Finally a member thought children should be able to come and choose what to have in their school/trip sandwich pack instead.
School council meeting 30.3.17
We started off the meeting with Miss Byrne asking our opinions of the CARROT scheme. The panel responded positively overall: they enjoy the CARROT time, they see that the children are being polite and courteous to each other. Someone mentioned that it isn’t used consistently – sometimes if he holds a door open for a teacher, he doesn’t always get a CARROT.
We also discussed if there were any different ways to get CARROTS, for example, doing good work. Miss Byrne reminded us of the meaning of CARROTS and how we have house points for good work. We also talked about how house points seem to be less important now CARROTS have been introduced – we need to be consistent with updates on house points and the extra playtime for the winning team.
Next, we talked about the change to the CARROTS reward time. We now have a target of 60 to reach to earn CARROT time. Most of the panel really liked the new system as it gives everyone a chance (especially the children who always earn CARROTS) to get their reward. Some of the panel also agreed that they still liked the idea of a winning class. Someone said it brings healthy competition into the school.
Someone brought up a suggestion of keeping a tally of children who get a CARROT. He thought that the children who don’t earn a CARROT don’t deserve CARROT time. A suggestion was also made to give extra rewards to people who bring the most CARROTS to the end total such as laptop/iPad time. This would then give these children a reward which they’ve earned even if their class didn’t reach their target. Someone also mentioned that maybe we could bring in an individual target for CARROTS.
Miss Byrne will now hand these ideas over to Mrs Colley so she can give feedback on our ideas.
Thursday 9th February
This week was the first meeting with Miss Byrne as the co-ordinator. We spent some time talking about our interests and dislikes so that Miss Byrne could get to know us. We also discussed what plans we could make for our future meetings. Miss Byrne mentioned a health and safety focussed walk around the school identifying possible hazards. Some of our suggestions included another charity event (sponsored walk, Red Nose Day or another dress up day) and a nature walk looking for possible plants to brighten the outside school environment.
School Council Meeting
Thursday 2nd February
School Council Reps who had visited the CityServe kitchen last week told us about their exciting visit and all the healthy, delicious food they had cooked and made.
Mrs Tew told us about e-safety week (February 6th) and how important it is to be safe online, especially with photos. Next week all classes will be talking about e-safety issues.
Miss Byrne was also at the meeting as she is taking over from Mr Wooldridge after half term. She will be organising meetings, minutes and updating the website.
School Council Meeting
Thursday 17th November
We discussed incidents that have happened in the dark evenings on the way home from school and how to keep ourselves safe. This links to next week's Bright Day when children are asked to wear something bright to school.
As it is anti-bullying week, we also talked about how School Council reps should be good friends and mentors on the playground.
School Council Meeting
Thursday 20th October
We discussed ideas to improve our house system.
Mrs Colley introduced the idea of carrots to reward manners and politeness.
Children were very positive and like the idea of rewarding positive attributes!
System to be introduced after half term and reps to discuss in class.
School Council Meeting
Thursday 6th October
We met with our new school cook, Mrs Thompson, to talk about menu preferences. She is hoping to organise a themed menu very regularly e.g. Indian, Chinese, Caribbean, Italian! The children were very excited about this development. Children were also asked to produce Halloween designs to decorate the dining hall at the end of the month.
She is also organising a visit to the Citiserve Kitchens where the children will get a chance to design a menu, cook it and understand the requirements for a healthy menu in all schools.
Our tummies were rumbling by the end of the meeting!
School Council Meeting
29th September 2016
School Council is organising a PJ day on Friday 21st October to raise money for St Mary's Hospice. A donation of £1 per family will be requested for children to wear pyjamas, dressing gowns, slippers etc for the day. We have contacted the hospice and a representative will hopefully come into school to talk to the children about their work.