The school council endeavours to give the children at Whitefriars Infant School a ‘voice’. They will be given the opportunity to share their opinions and ideas on things that matter to them. All children will be involved by contributing their suggestions. These suggestions will be discussed at regular school council meetings. The School Councillors will feedback from these meetings to their class. The school has achieved the Northamptonshire Bronze Young Citizens Award.
The idea of a school council at this age is to encourage children to develop their confidence and responsibility as a ‘citizen’ of the school. They will be encouraged to recognise what they like and dislike, what is fair and unfair and what is right and wrong. They will take part in debates on issues that are of particular interest to the pupils in the school. The children will begin to gain a greater insight into being part of a group, class, school, family and community. They will investigate how to make choices that improve their health and well-being. A very important aspect of school council meetings is being able to listen to other people and respect their views, beliefs and feelings. They will gain the skills needed to work co-operatively with others.
Any child in Year 1 or Year 2 can become a school councillor. Two children from each class are elected by the pupils. The councillors serve one term.
We aim to give our children the opportunity to become more independent and responsible. They will begin to realise that they can play an active role in the life of the school. I believe that the children will begin to take a real interest in their school’s development. They will begin to realise that their ideas and views will contribute to changes that occur at their school. The children will benefit greatly in all aspects of their personal and social development. I am very excited about the future of the school council. I have been very impressed with all the suggestions already put forward by the children at the school.
The school council has joined with other schools in the area who work together “to make Rushden and Higham Ferrers a better place to live by working together as a team.” Last academic year all the schools took part in a Rushden and Higham Olympic torch parade and sporting celebration. This year they are working on a joint re-cycling project.
Within school the council are finding out children’s ideas for planning for improving our outdoor learning. They are also reviewing the charities they want to fund raise for. They have planned a “Wear Pink” day to raise funds for the breast cancer charity and have organised cake stalls to raise money for our link school in Ghana.
"I enjoy being a school councillor because I get to choose what playground equipment we have."
"It is fun! I ask a lot of questions. I like helping raise money.”
"I love being a school councillor because you get to help Mrs Stewart make decisions!"
“We work with other schools to help make Rushden better.”
"I love being a school councillor because it's fun and we get to organise everything, like playtimes."
"I like being a school councillor because I like giving my ideas to the school."