The School Council is a flourishing part of our school life.
KS1 and KS2 classes nominate and vote for their Councillors in the Autumn Term: a boy and girl from each class.
We meet regularly to discuss any issues that have been raised by classmates, and to organise upcoming events.
The School Council is one of the ways in which we exercise our Courageous Advocacy: raising money and awareness for local, national and international needs.
The impact of listening to our pupils in this way is amazing.
2020 / 21
Our new school council met for the first time on Friday 2nd October. We have to be careful about social distancing, so we held our first meeting outside around our new fire pit!
This term we will be working on a new “child friendly” anti bullying policy and making a video to share it with the school and our parents. Watch this space for updates!
Friday 9th October
This week the school council began our project to produce a new anti bullying policy for the children in our school. We began with a discussion around what bullying is. The children explained that bullying can take many forms “physical – like hitting and hurting, or emotional – that means hurting your feelings” explained Sonny. “It’s when you make someone feel ugly or worthless” explained Matilda. Florence added “Bullying is when it happens over and over again. When your friends fall out, that’s not bullying.” Miles and Sophia both knew that leaving someone out on purpose over and over again could be a kind of bullying. Eden talked about how bullying can be a gang of people “against one person”. We also talked about how bullying can be online or using a mobile phone.
The school council could explain really clearly the things in our school that prevent bullying. “Our code of conduct” said Matilda. “Treat others as you would like to be treated” said Charlotte. “That means no bullying”.
Next week we will talk about how we can spot bullying and help to make it stop. We will talk about how the adults in our school and at home can make sure this happens.
Friday 6th November
Today the school council organised our non-uniform day for BBC children in need. They wrote the e-mail to parents and designed posters.
Friday 13th November
We continued our discussions around bullying at our school council meeting today. We talked about how someone might feel if they were being bullied. We thought that they might feel helpless, worried, nervous, scared, left out, sad and afraid.
We also talked about what teachers or other children might see if a child was being bullied. It was easy to see the signs of physical bullying, but we had to think harder about how someone might behave if the bullying was hurting their feelings, or online. “They might go and be by themselves. They might cry where no one can see” said Sophia. “They could go to the loos and hide by themselves” explained Miles. “I think if it was me I wouldn’t want to talk about it” Sonny added.
We made a list of all the people we could tell if some one was being bullied. It included our parents, teachers, TA’s, friends, older brothers or sisters, lunchtime staff and Mrs Welch. “If you don’t tell it can just get bigger and bigger” said Charlotte. We also explored reasons why it might be difficult to tell. “You would have to go right out and see the bully again” said Sonny. “The bully would say ‘if you tell I will hurt you more'” suggested Florence. We agreed that even though it was difficult, it was really important to tell someone about bullying. “Your grownups will work together to make it stop – always” said Mrs Welch.
We agreed what should happen if some one was being bullied.
- Mrs Welch should be told.
- The bully’s parents should be told.
- The person being bullied should be listened to and their worries and fears heard
- Mrs Welch should speak to the bully and explain that the behaviour has to stop.
- Grown ups all around the school should watch to make sure the bullying has stopped. This could mean watching places in school where it is easier to hide like the gazebo or the toilets.
- The bully should apologise and mean it.
- The Bully might need some help too
- The grownups should keep checking to make sure the bullying has stopped
Next time we are going to start putting all of this into a policy to share with our classes.
Friday 27th November
Today we had a catch up about school in general. We talked about what was going well with our learning. Charlotte and Knox talked about the Nativity film they are making. Knox said that maths was his favourite, but Charlotte loves choosing time on a Friday. “We are making pompoms” she explained. In key stage 2 there was much excitement about Queen Elizabeth I visit to school next week. The children from Swallows and Owls talked in detail about how much they have learnt about Norwich and all the preparations they have made for the Queen’s visit. Eagles class have been learning about Robert Kett and his rebel army. They explained all about the Cunnigham map of Norwich and how they had used it to explore how Norwich had changed over time.
We also talked about the lockdown, Coronavirus and how it is all making us feel. Some children explained that they were worried about mums and dads going back to work. “My dad is opening the shop again. It wasn’t fun before because mum was really stressed and now the puppy will be at home alone”. “My dad is a bit poorly so I worry what might happen”. This week the teachers are going to give all the classes time to talk about anything that is worrying or concerning them.
The children were confident that they were safe in school, explaining “we wash our hands a lot – all the time”, “Teachers clean things very often, like the desks every playtime” and “we have to not play with the other class. We keep a distance. In our own class it’s ok.” However they did explain that the toilets was not always easy. “There is lots of children and sometimes it’s hard to wait.” Since the meeting we have reduced the size of the group that can go and wash their hands at any one time. We have also introduced a new “no waiting rule” if there are children from another class there. We go back to class and wait there until there is room. “It can be quicker if we use the extra toilet too. Maybe we can clean in between”. Mrs Welch agreed this was a good idea and additional cleaning of touch points is now happening during the day.
Well done everyone for excellent explaining and great ideas.