Our School Council represents the views of all our pupils. It gives children the opportunity to make their voices heard and feel part of the whole school community. Riverhead Infants' School Council was re-launched during Friendship Week in November 2010, almost 6 years after it was first set up in December 2004. During this time it has been involved in a wide variety of activities and projects.
In preparation for the Council each year, all Year 1 and Year 2 classes are involved in a series of learning activities to develop skills that encourage effective participation (irrespective of pupil councils) including thinking, listening, discussing, choosing and agreeing. Further activities supported their understanding of the structures necessary to ensure that pupil councils can work effectively. These included learning about: class meetings; school council structure and how to choose class representatives; class councils, agendas and minutes.
Each year 1 and 2 class has two elected representatives who liaise between their class council and the school council. Each reception class has a link officer from Year 2 who undertakes this role. The class councils play an important part in ensuring that every child can participate and can contribute to the decision making process.
The first job of the new school council is to agree the Constitution before getting involved in new projects. You can read the Constitution and see how their work is progressing in their minutes below.
The Constitution of the School Council can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
These are our School Council Committee Members.
Ben Woodpecker Class is the Chairperson
Poppy Robin Class is the Secretary.
DEMOCRACY IN ACTION
Our School Council represented their respective classes recently at their termly meeting to discuss new playground equipment. After some debate, and putting the views of their peers forward, it was decided that the school would buy some more foam frisbees, stompers, scoop rackets and balance seesaws along with other equipment. During an assembly, the Council Reps talked to the children about how to use, store and look after the new items so that everyone could enjoy and benefit from them. They also visited the Reception children to demonstrate how to use them, and as a result everyone is enjoying using the equipment together.