Our School Council consists of nine children, two representatives from each class from years three to five and our three house captains.
Children are nominated by their friends or can nominate themselves for the role and are asked to produce a short speech outlining why they would like to be a class representative and what they can bring to the role. After these hustings, classes then take part in a concealed vote to elect their two representatives fairly.
School Council Representatives meet with the Headteacher and the Learning Mentor each half term to share ideas and discuss areas of development. The representatives then feed back to their classes.
This gives all of our children the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas about school life and how by working together as a community we can further improve St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School.
Previous School Council initiatives include:
- Being part of the interview process when appointing new teaching staff
- Deciding on which charities to support and developing money raising ideas
- Arranging and running a Book Fair
- Purchase of a sports kit for teams other than football, netball and rugby
- Purchase through sponsorship of waterproof coats for sports teams
- Designing Adventure Trail for school playground
- Ordering new outdoor play equipment for the playground - working within a budget
- Introducing lockers for Year 5 and Year 6
- Writing a school meeting prayer used at the beginning of every meeting in the school (school council meetings, staff meetings, governors meetings etc.)
- 2 school council representatives elected as Skelmersdale Pupil Parliament Members
- Pupil Parliamentarians from 19 schools meet every month to share views and ideas raised at School Council Meetings and discuss school and community based topics.
Skelmersdale and Up Holland Pupil Parliament is held monthly at SHARES. Each school elects two representatives to implement what they believe their local community requires. Pupil Parliament works to improve the areas of Skelmersdale and Up Holland through projects and fund raising.
Each year members of Pupil Parliament get to go and see the real thing and visit the Palace of Westminster and take part in workshops to improve their debating abilities.
Pupil Parliament is currently working with the local community to design a new play area at the Beacon Country Park and to decide the contents of a 'Skelmersdale Time Capsule' to be buried in a location within the town.