What we're about
Our School Council is a democratically elected group of students from each class, whose purpose is to represent the children’s views and opinions on a variety of issues, and to be a forum for active and constructive student input into the daily life of the school community.
The St Stephen’s school council benefits the whole school, students and adults, as it gives opportunities for children to communicate their feelings and opinions to teachers and support staff as well as influencing decisions that are made. This enables them to become a partner in their own education. Issues that might be discussed in the school council include school rules and policies, bullying, school equipment, school and community fundraising, school meals, facilities in school, and community issues.
Every child has the opportunity to participate in the activities of the School Council through class discussions with the school council representatives.
School Council 2017-2018
This year Mrs Sazant (LEFT - Assistant Headteacher/SENCO) and Mrs Millsted (RIGHT - Family Learning Manager) are working with the School Council to ensure that children’s views are heard and that they are involved in some of the decision making here at school.
In September all classes held their class elections. Pupils were encouraged to step forward and volunteer to be a School councillor and then class members were able to vote and elect a class representative.
The School Council hold their meetings twice a term on tuesday afternoons to discuss current school or community matters.
Following our first meeting, it was agreed that our aims this year would include;
- Supporting Community Lunches: elderly members of our community visit our school, enjoy a roast dinner and listen to the school choir.
- Looking after the school environment: we will regularly tidy and clear litter from the school grounds.
- Supporting local and national charities by organising fundraising events and activities
- Discussing school matters, for example the changes to our homework policy and letting school leaders know their views.
- Learning more about our School values of Independence, Creativity and Respect and also British Values.
Visit to the Houses of Parliament
On Monday 9th October, the School Council visited The Houses of Parliament as part of our work on British Values. Following a workshop on Democracy and a tour of the buildings we had the pleasure of meeting our local MP for Canterbury, Rosie Duffield. The children had the opportunity to ask her questions and find out what it is like to represent large groups of people. Hopefully, they will be able to put into practise some of the things that they learnt!
It was a really interesting day with plenty of highlights. Here are some of those chosen by our school councillors:
Maja "I really liked being in the big hall and looking at the art."Amelia "The train journey and seeing all the gold."Xavier and Jemima "Meeting Rosie Duffield our MP."Cameron "Walking around London seeing the sights and the workshop".Lucy "Being in the room simulator and learning about how Parliament works".Louie "Being in the buildings and seeing how fancy and expensive the buildings are."Sonja "The whole day!"Bea " Learning about its history and the famous people who were once there.”
School Council and Mrs Sazant and Mrs Millsted