Pinhoe School Council
At Pinhoe Primary School every child, from Year 1 upwards, gets a chance to apply for a place on school council each year. The applicants then explain to the class why they think they would make a good school councillor and the class vote for their preferred candidate.
Aims of the School Council:
- To listen to pupils' ideas.
- To aim to improve our school in a positive way.
- To help to make our school a friendly, happy and safe place.
- To aim to make our ideas go a long way; beyond school.
- To find out pupils' points of view about school.
- To feed back what has happened during School Council meetings.
- To help raise money for chosen charities.
The school council have recently given out ‘Pupil Voice’ books to each class in the school and explained how the books will be used to voice their opinions. Children write ideas, concerns and suggestions in the books, then the school councillors bring the books to their meetings. This helps them to share the opinions from everyone in the school and take everyone’s ideas into consideration.
In our latest meeting we have been discussing the health and safety of the school, community projects and the leisure of the pupils. Ideas include: writing a new thank you song; having class pets; and discussing whether to allow playground toys. Some ideas have to be long-term projects but we can get on with other ideas straight away.
A Year One councillor stated, ‘We need a writing tent. Lots of people need the space to ponder over their thoughts when they want to be creative! It could be split in half so that there is space for reading on one side and space for writing on the other side.’
Helping at the pre-school, debating the use of the Year 6 grassy banks, and padding the button on the water fountain were decided to be priorities. Teams of school councillors are dealing with these issues immediately. We will report the outcomes in two weeks.
If you want some more of your thoughts to be discussed within the meetings please inform your school councillors in your class or write them in the class’.
Reported by Eleanor and Millie