At St Peter’s School, we want every pupil to feel they have a voice which is heard and valued. Our ‘School Council’ is made up of children from across the school in Years 1 to 6. There are 12 members in total. Mr Cronin and Mrs Brady assist the children to run the meetings effectively.
At the beginning of the new academic year, children discuss in their classes the responsibilities and qualities that they think would be important in our school council. Children are voted in to the council by their peers and two representatives from each class are chosen. These children attend fortnightly meetings to discuss relevant matters of interest concerning school organisation and development. The School Council is actively involved in decision making within the school and regularly conducts surveys to gather views and opinions from their peers.
Each class also has a Class Council committee which is elected from their class. Class Council meetings allow children to discuss issues about which they are concerned. After discussion in class, suggestions may be taken to the School Council for discussion. A response will be made by the School Council either personally or during one of our school assemblies.
School Council also discuss events such as fundraising, assemblies, behaviour around the school, the playground, lessons, money matters, reward systems, the library, sun safety, the environment and any other matters that arise that we feel are important to discuss.
The meetings are run by the elected chairperson and the vice chairperson. The secretary and treasurer also play important roles as they record the minutes and keep a log of any “wishes” they may have that require funds.
All class representatives are allowed their time to speak and to be listened to. We value all comments and think about how we can make improvements in and around our school and community.
The aim of the School Council is to develop an awareness of citizenship and involve all our children, to some extent, in the running of the school.