Summary of the year 2015 -16 from the School Council
Role of the School Council
The School Councillors are elected by the children of Burlington Junior School; a boy and girl from each class. It is the councillors’ job to help improve the experiences of all the pupils in the school by suggesting changes or improvements to how the playground and school are run. The councillors have a meeting every 4-6 weeks and the minutes and decisions of these meetings are posted in the School Council file on the school’s internal shared network. The councillors in each class can then explain to the class members what has been discussed and also ask for information for the next meeting.
Suggestion boxes are placed in each year group area. Pupils can put their ideas/suggestions/complaints in the box which are then brought to meetings and discussed. Most requests/issues can be resolved with discussions with Mr Blow.
Here are examples of types of issues discussed at our meetings:
Can we have the playground repainted?
Some Yr6 children are getting more football than others.
Can we have playground friendship benches beside the Great Hall?
Can we have marking cones in the arena?
Changes the School Councillors have made include:
- ‘Girls only’ signs to encourage girls to play table tennis,
- £100 from the Governors has been spent on sports bibs to be used at playtime for football.
- At lunch time children can read in the Yr5 first-aid area,
- Different foods for the school menu were suggested to Pride.
All the Councillors tour the school to note any areas they like and dislike and to note any improvements that they feel would enhance the school. These are reported to Mr Blow.
There are usually three charity events which the School Council help to organise in order to raise money for the nominated charities, such as Children in Need, Comic Relief or Sports Relief.
Showing around school
If there are special visitors to the school, such as new parents or visiting teachers, Mrs Utting or Mr Blow may ask School Councillors to take them on a tour.
£100 Governors’ Donation
Each year School Councillors speak to their classes and select one favourite idea on which to spend the £100.
School Council Surveys
The School Council carries out some surveys each year to find out if children or teachers want to change something around the school or introduce something new. This year surveys included:
- Lunchtime Dining Hall survey (to improve the efficiency in serving meals).
- Lunchtime music survey (to try to use music to encourage a quieter lunchtime in the hall)
- Snack Shack survey (to start a weekly healthy snack sale in the playground).
Trip to Houses of Parliament
Each year the School Council visits the Houses of Parliament to meet Kingston’s MP and discuss how the School Council is similar to the real Government.
School Councillors have helped Mrs Figueiredo select a new SMSA by asking interview questions.
School Councillors have helped Mr Blow to review the School Bullying policy.
Please click below to view any current minutes from meetings.