Our school council is made up of 36 pupils from Years 1-6. In September each class votes for two pupils as their representatives for the academic year. Once elected by their class children in Years 5 and 6 can put themselves forward for the role of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary. They prepare and deliver speeches outlining why they are suitable for the role. The rest of the school council candidates then hold a ballot to elect pupils for these roles.
The chairperson helps to decide the agenda for the meetings and chairs the meetings with support from the vice-chair and secretary. They make sure votes are conducted fairly and that everyone has a chance to have their say. They hold a termly school council surgery in the playground where other pupils can discuss issues that they would like school council to address. They then prioritise these and discuss them with the rest of school council. Once a year school council are invited to a governors meeting. The Chair helps to prepare a report outlining the projects school council have been working on and the impact they have had on school and the wider community.
The Vice-Chairperson stands in for the Chairperson or secretary if they are absent. They support the chair on deciding the agenda for meetings and help to organise meetings with members of staff if their input is needed on one of our projects. They support the chair with running the school council surgeries and reporting to governors.
The Secretary takes the register at meetings and carries out any paperwork or administration. They take minutes of the meetings and make sure representatives have copies of any paperwork they need to take back to class. They are responsible for keeping the School Council board up to date and helping to produce articles for the newsletter.
Councillors suggest items for the school council to discuss based on what their class raises in circle time or class councils. They also feedback on our discussions and any decisions made by the School Council to their class. They sometimes take on particular tasks for the School Council if they are working on a special project.
Meetings are held fortnightly in the atrium. The agenda is decided beforehand and each term we work on a variety of projects. We try and focus on projects that impact our school, local and global community. Please find some examples of previous projects below.
- Project in reducing plastic at SMSP
- Speaking at the Lent service at St Mary’s with St Alban’s about our work on reducing plastic
- Raising money for a buddy shed to store playground equipment
- Charity events for earthquake appeal and Children in Need
- Organising a Pokémon Card swap shop at lunch time
- Working with our catering company to improve school meals
- Meeting with PE staff to request new equipment
- Raising awareness and money for Glass Door a local homeless charity
School Council Profiles
We are Emer, Henry, Ollie, Elouise, Beatrice and Leo.
Our favourite things about SMSP are; DT, After-School Clubs, Learning and playing in the playground.
We are good school councillors because we are friendly, kind, caring and helpful.
Our favourite lessons are; PSHE, PE, Art, English, Geography and Maths.
An interesting fact about us is that one of us has four sisters, we like football and one of us has a dolls house.
We are Elia, Jamie, Flo, Tom and Jack.
Our favourite things about SMSP are; playtimes, food, football, teachers, community and the library.
We are good school councillors because we are good at listening, being fair, and nice to others.
Our favourite lessons are; Maths, English, Science, History and Geography.
One of us loves pandas and most of us love cats!
We are Annie, Harry, Jemina, Authur, Albie and Isabella.
Our favourite things about SMSP are; the teaching, rules, playtime, school trips and swimming.
We are good school councillors because we are good at being kind and caring and being awesome leaders.
Our favourite lessons are; Maths, Art, PE, Computing, Chess, English.
Several of us love reading and football. One of us likes running and one is very flexible!
We are Ivan, Isabel, Christian, Lyla, Molly and Rapha.
Our favourite things about SMSP are; friends, playtime, English, reading and gaining knowledge.
We are good school councillors because we help people.
Our favourite lessons are; Art, history, Maths, English
One of us is Russian and another of us plays the ukulele.
We are James, Amanda, Kahana, Eleanor, Joshua and Charlie.
Our favourite things about SMSP are friendship and lunch!
We are good school councillors because we are kind and good at listening.
Our favourite lessons are; Maths, D&T, Computing
All the year 5 school councillors have an “a” in their first name!
We are Emily, Phoebe, Urnee, Markos, Theon and Sammy
Our favourite things about SMSP are Lunch, School trips, the community, the sports teams and the advocate roles.
We are good school councillors because we are nice, kind, awesome, creative, caring, funny, smart and sporty.
Our favourite lessons are; D&T, Art, English, PE, Music and Computing.
Some interesting facts about us. One of us is part Italian, another is greek and one of us is Indian. One of us can play the ukelele and some of us are in the school football team.