Our School Council represents the views of all our pupils. It gives children the opportunity to make their voices heard and feel part of the whole school community.
The School Council is an important part of Trotts Hill and the children feel proud to be elected. In July, the class vote for their representatives for the next academic year. All children from Year 2 to Year 6 are given the opportunity to stand for election. After making a speech to their class, their peers vote. This is an important part of children’s experience of British Values and a democratic process in school. Children attend a fortnightly meeting with Mrs Wilby.
Our School Council is a member of Stevenage Schools Parliament and the Year 6 School Councillors attend regular meetings.
This term our new school council have been getting stuck in to their new roles. We have promoted 'Eat Them to Defeat Them' within our classes and got the Games Club equipment ready for when it can restart. Some members of the school council spoke also about their role with our School Improvement Partner.
As our school councillors missed the Spring Term, we decided that they would continue for the Autumn term. This term they have been involved in planning activities for Mental Health Monday (to be launched next term), supported whole school events such as Hello Yellow, Children in Need and the fun run, and discussed who they find inspirational. The school councillors also supported the election process for the new school council team. Well done to all of our school councillors, you did an excellent job this year and should be very proud.
Our school council have been working on several projects this term focussing on our school development priorities.
Reading - School councillors have asked for donations for 'swap shop' boxes which they have created in class. They have promoted reading in their classes by encouraging the recycling of books which they no longer need. They are also working on creating some videos of themselves reading as they have missed our shared reading sessions with the younger children.
Curriculum - Each pair of school councillors surveyed their class to see which subject they would like to spend the whole day learning. They gave feedback to their class teacher and we will update how these days went shortly!
Missed experiences due to lockdown - School councillors were asked which experiences they had most missed last summer and they agreed it was school trips. This was fed back to SLT and teachers, resulting in all classes organising trips this year.
Unfortunately due to the restrictions in place, the School Council have been unable to meet as they would usually. However the 2019/20 school councillors were able to support the design of our PSHE curriculum by completing some pupil voice activities and sharing what they think is important to learn in PSHE. We also held new elections towards the end of the term and our new school councillors met with a member of the Senior Leadership Team to think about their action plan for the year ahead. We look forward to a productive Spring Term!