At Mangotsfield, we have a group of children who form our School Council every year. Every child from Year 2 to Year 6 has the opportunity to put themselves forward to be a school councillor.
These children are responsible for:
- Working with their classes to discuss any current issues, concerns or developments
- Feeding back relevant information after School Council meetings to their class and class teacher
- Selecting a charity for our school to support
- Organising events to help raise money for the nominated charity
- Making informed decisions about our school, eg: new playground equipment
- Inviting visitors into our school when appropriate
- Working in and communicating with the local community, eg: advertising events, visiting local businesses
We value the role of the School Council in our school as we believe it allows children:
- To develop confidence and interpersonal skills
- To be actively involved in decision making that will have a direct impact on their community
- To work with a range of people, eg: adults from local businesses
- To begin to understand how a democracy means working fairly
- To have a voice within their local community
- To reflect on the needs of their school and chosen charity
At the beginning of each school year each class will discuss the role of the School Councillor and will agree on a set of criteria that the ideal candidate should try and meet, eg: confident to talk in front of others. Any children who are interested in taking on this role then have the opportunity to prepare and present a short pitch to their class explaining why they would make a good Class Council representative. The rest of the class then vote for the person they feel is most suitable for the role. We ask the children to be considerate of each other; if they have had the opportunity to take on this role before then they allow others to also have the opportunity.
Throughout each year, the School Council plan and hold several events to raise money for a nominated charity which they choose. Several charities, as suggested by the children, are invited into school to pitch with a short presentation about why their charity would benefit from the school’s support. Once all pitches have been heard, the children then cast a vote for the charity they would most like to support which is supported for the whole year by everyone at Mangotsfield Church of England Primary School.
This year we have chosen to support: