We're going green!
Our School Council
We are confident, compassionate and creative in our beliefs
Congratulations to our new School Council
Jessica Pitman and Arthur Neill, Year 3, Kitty Edge and Lucas Seth, Year 4 Lime, Eoin Larner and Mia Appleby, Year 4 Elm, Arjun James, Florence Sunderland and Funke Odegbaro, Year 5 Ash, Isa Sheikh, Isla Okudzeto and Annie Hadjianastassiou, Year 5 Oak, Mico Fun, Rory Kaye and Monty McAllister, Year 6
At St James School, we have a very active and enthusiastic School Council. This is an important part of school life which offers a platform for the voice of the children in our school. Hearing and learning about their opinions and views matters a great deal to us. They have a unique insight into the impact of whole school decision making and have a keen eye for the details of the day to day running of the school. The small details which can make a big difference.
Being a school council member is a great opportunity for children to develop both their personal skills and a sense of social awareness, from experiencing how to express points of view constructively to being responsible for others’ welfare, both at school and in the wider world.
A school governor attends each School Council meeting and is then able to feedback decisions, ideas and information directly to School Governors at their meetings.
Making a difference
Meetings are held every Friday lunchtime. Each class has a suggestion box which the school council members monitor and use to bring ideas to meetings. The Chair will set the agenda and lead the meeting. Ideas are discussed and a vote taken as to which ideas should be implemented. Minutes are taken during the meeting by our Secretary and shared with each class to ensure the rest of the school knows what is being decided at meetings. KS1 classes also learn of this news.
We're going green!
As you know, our School Council are working hard to make sure that we are doing as much as we can to help the environment. We regularly remind staff and children about the importance of turning off computers and lights to save energy and the value of paper - encouraging them to ensure that all paper is used carefully and fully.
This term we have eliminated all single use plastic cups and have asked children to bring in water bottles for their classrooms. Water for lunch is served in cups that we wash and reuse and milk is served to our Reception children in recyclable cartons.
Building on the success of their cake sale, we have now ordered three new recycling bins for our playgrounds which will hopefully be delivered over half term.
Moving forward after Easter, we would like to launch a new snack policy and switch from packaged snacks such as cereal bars and crisps to healthy fruits and vegetables in their natural state. This means that not only will we be helping our children to be healthier, we are also helping the environment.
In addition we’d also like to ask parents of children who have pack lunches, to try not to use any single-use plastic such as cling film to wrap sandwiches or crackers. If we assume at the moment that everyone who is currently having a packed lunch uses at least one piece of cling film or plastic now, if we make this change we can reduce this figure by 375 pieces a week which means over a school year we could reduce our use by 14,625 pieces. This would be an amazing achievement and a wonderful way of showing our commitment to be as eco friendly as possible.
These ideas to try and reduce waste have come from our children themselves and we are delighted to be able to support them. Please look out for more news soon from Our School Council.
From Our School Council Members
My name is Jessica. I have been chosen to represent Year 3. I think I will be good at helping our school because I will come up with a lot of ideas. My class mates talk to me and I can raise any issues and promote our ideas. I would like to make a difference as it makes the school a better place to learn. I am most passionate about helping other children to learn and encouraging other children to share their ideas.
My name is Arthur. I have been chosen to represent Year 3. I think I will be good at helping our school because of my ideas. I would like to make a difference with books and recycling throughout our school. I am most passionate about making learning more fun and lunchtime clubs
My name is Funke. I have been chosen to represent Year 4 Elm Class. I want to be a school councillor so I can share my ideas to the school. In school I’m most passionate about ICT and I would like there to be more ICT in class.
My name is Mia, I have been chosen to represent Year 4 Elm Class to share their ideas. I am passionate about having animal homes on school grounds. I am also passionate about having leggings on next year’s school uniform list.
My name is Kitty. I have been chosen to represent Year 4 Lime class. I would like to make a couple of changes to the school. I think I will be good at making positive differences to our school by changing the toilets, making a quiet zone and getting recycling bins in the playground. I am most passionate about equality and people being treated fairly, kindness shown to everybody and being respectful to others.
My name is Florence. I have been chosen to represent Year 5 Ash Class. I think I will be good at helping our school because I enjoy helping and love meeting new people. I would like to make a difference to help everyone.
My name is Isa. I have been chosen to represent Year 5 Oak Class. I think I will be good at helping our school because I am a very good communicator so that nobody’s ideas will feel left out. I would like to make a difference by listening to every voice and assemble all the suggestions from my classmates. I will prioritise them and spend my best efforts to get things done together. I am most passionate about making the school a comfortable place for everyone of use, including every staff member!
My name is Annie. I have been chosen to represent Year 5 Oak Class. I think I will be good at helping our school because I am eager to support both pupils and school staff through my hard work and commitment as a school councillor. I would like to make a difference by promoting stronger friendships and volunteer work. I am passionate about making a positive change into our school, turning it into a better place which will help all pupils achieve their goals.
My name is Rory. I have been chosen to represent Year 6. I think I will be good at helping our school because I have been here since Reception so I know what the school needs. I would make a difference to the school fundraising as there aren’t enough cake sales, pyjama days and more. I am passionate about making the school a more friendly place, physically and environmentally.
My name is Mico. I have been chosen to represent Year 6. I think that I’ll be good at helping our school because I have hopes and dreams for this school. I would like to make a difference for making our school eco-friendly. I’m passionate about making the school fun and exciting for all ages between Reception and Year 6.
My name is Monty. I have been chosen to represent our school council because I think I will do good things to the school and I am committed to doing it and I have been at the school since nursery and now it isn’t even a thing anymore. I will be good at helping the school because I care about the school and I want to make it better. I am most passionate about school council because I have been wanting to do this since it was open to me.
Our chosen charity this year is Save The Children and we are supported their Christmas Jumper appeal on Friday 13th December on raised over £270.
Our School Council - the election process
Our new School Council will be elected every year in October.
This year, the School Council is made up of 15 children from Year 3 to 6. One of these children will have been elected by their class following a short election speech.
The remaining members wrote a letter of application to Ms O’ Brien and Mrs Girling to be considered for a position. The letters needed to explain what each child was passionate about and how they felt they could make a difference to the school.