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.
For example following a suggestion from the School Council, we held our now famous ‘St. Christopher’s Got Talent’ Competitions in 2017, 2018 and 2019 which we all enjoyed tremendously. The School Council also works with our parents association (The Friends of St Christopher’s) to enrich the life of the school and raise money for charities. Our Year 6 School Council Chairpersons are also responsible for supporting charity work and conservation within the school. In 2018, we resurfaced the school playground in school house colours as a result of a school council request and the Council has helped to support events like the Christmas Bazaar and Summer Fair. In 2019, our students (lead by the Student Council) supported and raised substantial funds for all these charities – NSPCC, Water Aid, Macmillan Cancer Relief, SUFRA Food-bank, Children in Need, Red Nose, Jeans for Genes and Great Ormond Street. Some Student Councillors also requested particular reading books which were purchased as well as additional playground equipment.
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, House-Captain, Charity Monitor or Conservation 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. Our children work with teachers, parents and School Governors to constantly improve the school.