Our School Council is a wonderful forum in which the whole pupil body of St Stephen’s is able to make its voice heard. Each class from Year 2 upwards has one pupil representative.
Ms Rocksborough-Smith represents the teachers at meetings which are held once a fortnight. There is also a link governor who is able to pass on information discussed at School Council to St Stephen’s governing body.
Ms Rocksborough-Smith provides minutes for the meetings which are distributed to all classes. This way reception and Year 1 children are kept informed by their teachers of what is happening in school council meetings and have the opportunity to put ideas forward via their class teacher.
In the older year groups the council members take responsibility for keeping their peers updated on issues discussed at meetings and gathering their classmates’ ideas.
St Stephen’s School Council also meets with other local schools approximately three times a year at a Valley Schools Cluster Council. Local issues and joint projects are discussed at these meetings and the children really enjoy meeting fellow school council representatives of both primary and secondary age.
In addition two School Council members represent the school at the annual BANES Primary Schools’ Parliament, which takes place at the Guildhall.
School Council News 2012/2013
Class Elections will be held soon to elect new pupil representatives for the busy school year ahead.
School Council News 2011/2012
School Council has had yet another busy term. They have helped Mrs MacDonald select new books for the school library after discussing with their classmates the types of books and favourite authors they want to see on the shelves.
School Council have also purchased some new playground equipment, to be used during morning and lunch plays. They are now in the process of drafting a code of conduct for use of the equipment at playtime and have been involved in discussions with Mrs Gunning on how the playground should be divided up so that it can be used effectively for all the different types of games the children enjoy playing.
All the representatives have attended two Valley Schools Cluster meetings hosted by St Saviour’s Infant School. These meetings have forged links with the charity ‘Golden Oldies’. It is hoped that their will be a joint tea party involving the charity and the schools to strengthen links between the older and younger members of the community.