The School Council - what they do and what they achieve - nominated for the Youth Civic Service Award by Mrs Gallagher.
The School Council was set up a number of years ago in order to give all three hundred children, from the age of four to eleven, a chance to have a ‘pupil voice’. The Council, set up by headteacher, Ian Coulson, meets once a fortnight to represent the views of every child in our local school. The sixteen members are nominated and elected, with representatives from each class. The aim is to modify, improve or change things in school for the good of everyone. It is a forward thinking, enthusiastic group of young people who are keen to listen to the views of others and respond to them.
Eleven year old Maria Bateman has been Chair this year, ably assisted by Vice-Chair Charlotte Cleaver and Secretary Josh Podmore. All three have shown outstanding leadership skills. They are enthusiastic and keen to include and act upon the views of everyone from the very youngest members of the school. Each meeting is carefully prepared by them with a formal agenda, based on views collected from the rest of the school; minutes are meticulously recorded by them and feedback is given to each class regarding the outcomes of the meeting.
In our recent 50th birthday celebrations, Maria made a speech to members of the public, former pupils, staff. governors and invited guests. She spoke with passion and enthusiasm about what Lower Park School meant to her. She described how her mum, when they moved to Poynton, chose Lower Park as it provided opportunities for all pupils, not only providing the academic side of school, but also the vast range of social, spiritual and cultural experiences. The School Council continues this legacy.
The School Council gives all the children an opportunity for presenting their views in a democratic situation. Not every idea is accepted, but all are considered in a fair and just way. This provides a life skill which each of our children can draw upon in their own community. Their enthusiasm and commitment to a worthwhile cause, most definitely is of benefit to their peers.
To give you some examples:
The children wanted a change in the way that school dinners were offered (portion sizes, food and drink choices and seating arrangements etc.) – this was achieved in consultation with the school cook and catering services.
The footballs often accidentally were kicked over the fence. The School Council worked to persuade the governors to build a higher fence.
More recently, they attended a governors meeting to find out what exactly governors do!