Kippax Greenfield’s School Council is made up of two representatives from each class from Reception up to Class 6. It is responsible for upholding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, particularly Article 12: ’You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously’, being the pupil voice in the way our school is run While in office councillors develop skills such as communication, confidence and negotiation.
How the School Council is elected
Children who wish to run for the School Council begin their election campaign by preparing their publicity. They prepare a manifesto detailing what they would like to achieve while being a School Councillor and present this to their class as well as giving reasons why they would make a good candidate. During the election period, the whole school learns about the history of democracy, democracy in our country and how we can get involved in the democratic process and its impact on our lives. On election day, the outgoing School Council act as the returning officers and organise the polling station, complete with ballot papers, voting booths and of course the ballot box. Each child votes in a secret ballot and two representatives are elected based on the votes of their classmates.
School Council activities
The School Council meet on a regular basis to discuss how we uphold the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and give ideas on how to improve the school for all. For example, the School Council identified the Quiet Area of the playground needed refurnishing. They put a costed proposal to the PTA for funding, then organised the materials to be used and designed signage for the area. Other recent activity includes;
- Organising and judging the school talent show
- Being part of the recruitment process for new staff
- Organising school fundraising days
- A Clean up litter campaign