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Rednal Hill Junior School

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School Council & Eco Council

Our School Council

What is the Children’s School Council?

Children’s School Council is a group of children who meet regularly to discuss issues within school. There is one school councillor from each class.

Why do we have a school council?

-Improve the school according to the children’s point of view.

-To make sure each class has a platform to voice their opinions.

-To discuss and raise issues.

How do I become a School Councillor?

At the beginning of each year, pupils can apply to become a school councillor. The pupils who want to apply to become a school councillor, present themselves to the other pupils with the reasons why they would make a good councillor. Then pupils then vote for their favourite school councillor.

These pupils are recognised in a whole school assembly, where they receive a certificate and a special school council badge.

What we do in meetings?

Each councillor meets with their class to discuss ideas about changes and improvements to the school. The issues are then raised in meetings and councillors discuss how to move forward with these ideas.

School Council Roles and Responsibilities

 

  • School Councillors will create themed posters to raise awareness of initiatives in school
  • Be in charge of organising events
  • Attend school council meetings
  • Provide a voice for all pupils to put forward their ideas
  • Speak to pupils about requests and ideas to improve our school

Rednal Hill School Council initiatives 2020-21

To raise awareness of plastics in the oceans

  • Christmas food drive – gather food donations and organise a local food bank to collect. This is to support families in need during the winter period.
  • 5 x 6-seater picnic tables (enough seating for 30 pupils) to enjoy an outdoor classroom/class picnic a during the warmer months. The school councillors chose the area on the school field where a couple of these tables could be situated in the shade. Very handy on summer days!

Initiatives for 2021-2022

  • Local community: Food drive – donations of food collected and sent to the local food back to help those in need during the Christmas holidays.
  • School community: Updated playground equipment, small games and activities to play outside in the new picnic area (from 2020-21)

Our Eco Council

What is Eco Council?

Eco Council is a group of pupils who meet throughout the year to discuss eco-friendly and environmental issues within school which prepares children to live their future lives with consideration for global issues. There is one eco-councillor from each class.

Why do we have an Eco Council?

  • To ensure our school is eco-friendly and prepares pupils to live with reflection of the environment.
  • To make sure each class has a platform to voice their opinions.
  • To discuss and raise issues related to the environment.

How do I become an Eco Councillor?

At the beginning of each year, pupils can apply to become an Eco Councillor. The pupils who want to apply to become an eco-councillor, present themselves to the other pupils with the reasons why they would make a good councillor. Then pupils then vote for their favourite eco-councillor.

These pupils are recognised in a whole school assembly, where they receive a certificate and a special eco-council badge.

What happens in the meetings?

We begin each year by completing an environmental review to find out our school’s successes and areas for improvement. We then take ideas and feedback from the eco-councillors, who have consulted with their class peers to use this to create an action plan for the upcoming year. Throughout the year each Eco Councillor meets with their class to discuss ideas about changes and improvements to the school. The issues are then raised in meetings and Eco Councillors discuss how to move forward with these ideas.

Rednal Hill Eco Council initiatives 2020-21

To raise awareness of plastics in the oceans

  • Eco-councillors provided voice recordings for a whole school assembly based on ‘Plastics in the Oceans’.
  • Plastic bins were provided for each classroom for pupils to recycle plastic bottles and cups etc.
  • Information about plastics and recycling was displayed outdoor the hall, to consistently remind pupils and staff about the importance of recycling.

Initiatives for 2021-2022

  • Local community: Clothes drive – donation of clothes in order to be upcycled and given to local families in need
  • School community: Tidy lockers – posters to encourage pupils with lockers (Year 5 and 6) to keep them tidy and well organised
  • Encouragement of refillable water bottles in school
  • Creating Eco Bricks – Summer Holiday Project (‘World Environment Ocean Day’ - whole school assembly)