We are very proud of the work our School Council does at Merstham.
The School Council is elected by the pupils during May of each year. The children prepare their own election speeches before being asked to place their ‘X’ against the names of the candidates they wish to vote for – as such they get their first taste of this democratic process!
Each class votes for the two councillors they would like to be represented by over the coming year – from Reception to Year 5. The School Council meets regularly, about every fortnight, to discuss what is happening in school and any issues raised by the pupils. They also discuss regular topics such as the charity they wish to support for the year, fundraising events, school meals, recycling duties and responsibilities.
School Council children are responsible for feeding back what has been discussed at each meeting to their class. Staff have timetabled in class times for them to do this. This time also allows opportunity for any other issues or ideas to be raised by pupils to be brought to the next meeting.
The children give various reasons for wanting to be a School Councillor but the main one is always that they want their class to have a voice and they do feel that they are being listened to. Last year we raised money for Water Aid and the PDSA. This year we are planning to support Cancer Research. The children voted for this charity as it was close to many hearts and had affected friends and families in the community.
Merstham School Council have a notice board in school to keep staff and pupils up-to-date on what is happening. They have also started writing termly blogs about what they have been doing. There is a suggestion box on the notice board to add any thoughts and ideas to.
In Year 5 they also vote for a Sports Councillor who is responsible for working with the mid-day supervisors and other Play Leaders to ensure there are activities arranged for all the classes in the playground.