Our School Council meets once every two weeks. Each class elects two representatives, one boy and one girl, who attend the meetings for that year. We meet at lunch time to discuss any issues raised by the children. Each class has their own suggestion box for pupils to use and the representatives bring these along to the meetings.
Following a suggestion from the School Council, we held a ‘St. Christopher’s Got Talent Competition,’ at the end of the spring term in 2017, which all the children and staff thoroughly enjoy. In 2018, we resurfaced the school playground in school house colours as a result of a school council request.
Some councillors requested particular reading books which were purchased as well as additional playground equipment. Finally the council also support children’s choices for charitable collections; as a result we have collected for Great Ormond Street Hospital and for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Democratic values underpin so much that we do. Children who are about to begin Year 6 stand for election for posts of responsibility like Head Boy/Girl, Charity Monitor or Prefect. They make an election speech to the whole school setting out their ideas and principles and are elected by secret ballot.
Children feel confident that they are listened to and that their ideas make a real difference.