The School Council plays a very active role in the life of St Stephen’s School, ensuring that pupil’s views are shared and acted upon. One rep from each class (Y2-6) is chosen by pupils at the start of the year. They then attend meetings which take place on a fortnightly basis, the agenda for these being set at the start of each term. Topics for discussion are gathered by reps during Class Councils. Recent topics have included Classroom Books, Healthy Eating, Cooking in School and a Buddy Club.
School Council also organise various fundraising activities throughout the year, the proceeds of which are used to fund School Council projects. The main focus last year was to provide new books for children to read in class. Children felt that some of the class books had become outdated and wanted to replace them. School Council held a Book and Cake Sale after school and, together with money collected at the Walk to School Breakfast, raised a magnificent £428.74. Other fundraising activities have raised money to replace playground equipment, as well as helping to fund the book shadowing that takes place in classes as part of the Kate Greenaway Award.
School Council reps regularly represent the school at Valley School Cluster meetings which include editorial meetings for the Larkhall News magazine. They have had 2 articles published so far, one interviewing the Brown Owl of the Larkhall Brownie pack and the other interviewing Mr Mountstephen about his resignation as Headteacher of St Stephen’s School. Reps also attend the annual Primary Schools Parliament held at the Guildhall in June.
Future School Council projects include a School Musical fundraising event, the launch of the Buddy Club and the Walk to School Breakfast.