At Emerson Valley School we believe that ever member of our community should have their opinions heard. Of the upmost importance are the thoughts and feelings of our pupils. At EVS pupils are able to voice their opinions through the School Council.
What is the School Council?
The School Council is a group of hard working pupils, who are committed to making sure that the opinions of the pupil’s at EVS are heard. The Council is made up of representatives from each class – one Main Class Representative and one Deputy. These individuals are selected through a whole school election process at the beginning of the academic year. They work alongside their fellow pupils, teachers and the Senior Management Team to make improvements to the school.
What does the School Council do?
The School Council meets every Monday lunch-time to discuss matters regarding how the school is run. It is the role of the Class Representatives to voice any opinions that their class has.
Duties of a Class Representative:
- To collect suggestions from your class on how to improve our school and bring theses to the weekly meeting
- Participate in fundraising
- Generate action plans to improve problem areas and carry these out
- Take part in a variety of activities designed to improve EVS
- Communicate with teachers and The Senior Management Team
- Feedback to your class regularly on what the Council are doing
What qualities do you need to have to become a Class Representative?
It is important to remember that anyone from a class can become a Class Representative.
However, there are some qualities a Class Representative must have in order to complete the job effectively:
- Good Communicator
- Good team player
- Well organised
- Involved in school life
There are also special roles within the School Council for Class Representative who would like a little extra responsibility, such as Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary.
Why should you become a class representative?
Becoming a Class Representative allows you the opportunity to make a real difference to your school and your community. You get to take part in fun projects that really improve the life of the school. You also get to work as part of a team, which helps strengthen your social and leadership skills. You can improve your confidence by speaking in front of others, including teachers, and have the opportunity to present your ideas during whole school assemblies.
This is what some of our previous reps have said about the role: (to follow soon)
At the beginning of the year, the pupils at EVS worked extremely hard to campaign for the role of Class Representative. During this time they had to write and present a manifesto to their class. The school walls were adorned with campaign posters and several pupils and staff members were even seen wearing campaign badges! The playgrounds were also busy with pupils proudly displaying campaign banners. Election fever had taken over!
Eager candidates from Year 5 getting ready Pupils posting their votes in the secret ballot.
to present their manifestos to their class.
Our industrious Year 6 House Captains counting up the ballot papers.
For the year 2016-2017 the council members are:
What have the School Council been up to this year?
We orchestrated the creation of a Poppy Garden and two-minute silence in remembrance of all of the armed forces members who have in the past, and are currently, dedicating their lives to protecting us. Every member of the school had the opportunity to make their own poppy and write a note of remembrance. The School Council then helped them to plant their poppy in the poppy garden.
Raising funds for EVS at the Christmas Fete:
In September, School Council Representative set to work making ‘Woolly Hat Decorations’ to sell at the EVS Christmas Fete. They were so popular that they sold out within minutes – we even had to take orders and make more!
Children In Need 2017
To raise money for this worthwhile charity we organised a ‘Bake for Pudsey’ competition and a non-uniform day where pupils dressed in a spotty theme. We cut up and sold all of the cakes during an extended break-time. In total we raised £546.15 for the charity!
Road Safety at EVS
We have been working together with the Junior Road Safety Officers to help improve road safety at our school, including helping to run a competition to design our very own EVS ‘Parking Ticket’.
Lunch-Time Behaviour Initiative
We have started an initiative whereby the Midday Supervisors and members of the School Council give out tokens at lunch-time to pupils displaying really positive behaviours. These are counted up every week and the class with the most get to attend a ‘reward club’ during a Tuesday lunch-time. At this club they can play games, draw and talk and use the Ipads.
“It is really fun and you can do loads of things in here” Kaila Year 4
“I’ll give it a triple thumbs up” Toussaint Year 4
“Totally amazing!” “I would recommend it to everyone, even adults!” Minas Year 4
“It’s a nice place for people to relax, talk and have fun.” Shubomi Year 4
The School Council wanted to make sure that at EVS we are all doing everything we can to help protect our planet. Therefore,they decided to set up a group who would make this their top priority. Pupils across the School were given the opportunity to apply for the role and were then hand-selected by the Class Representatives. Some of the responsibilities of the EVS Eco-Warriors include recycling, litter picking, helping pupils at lunch-time to sort their rubbish for recycling, growing plants, looking after our wildlife and encouraging everyone to be a lot greener!
Having a say about our school uniform
We worked with the School Governors to discuss our School Uniform Policy and made lots of positive suggestions. The Governors were really impressed with our contributions and how mature we completed this task.
Red Nose Day 2017
In March we worked very hard to raise an amazing £949 for Comic Relief! We achieved this by selling Red Noses and running a competition to ‘Design a New Red Nose’ to add to the Red Nose family. The lucky winner had their entry made into a cuddly toy by Mrs Herrington and they got to take it home. We also arranged to have a non-uniform day, where everyone dressed in red.
Our Weekly Meetings:
Find out below what we have been discussing in our meetings this year.
School Council Meeting Minutes: