Loxley Primary School Council
The Loxley School Council comprises of a group of children, elected by their peers, ranging from Y1 to Y6. Each class elects two class councillors, based on a presentation of how they will be able to represent the class and what skills will enable them to do this effectively.
In addition to this, the Y5 class councillors continue to represent their class in Y6, giving Y6 four representatives in total. They are able to offer a wealth of information from the previous year and their knowledge and understanding of what the class council does and how the council works is an asset to the group.
The council has an executive committee, comprising of a chairperson and a secretary.
The children learn a number of skills regarding holding meetings and taking notes (minutes). They liaise with Mrs Helliwell to work out agendas for the next meeting, type up the minutes and gradually become confident enough to be able to run the meetings almost independently.
The children visited Loxley Park, a retirement village, to meet and chat with the residents. The children organised their own programme of events and put on a performance of individual songs, poems and musical items. They were also able to serve mince pies and give home-made Christmas cards and pictures to the residents before wishing them a merry Christmas and returning to school.
The council attended the war memorial tree planting ceremony at Dungworth Green in November, marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, along with representatives from other local schools
Other achievements in the past (to name a few) have been; introducing the dinner band system, organising for a famous author (Jeremy Strong) to come into school, ensuring that the water fountains are in good working order and purchasing books for the library. They have also carried out a survey of the children, asking which piece of adventure play equipment they would prefer, which was then ordered and installed for all the children to enjoy! All these initiatives have come from pupils’ own views and suggestions.
Currently, the school council is looking into the possibility of new school toilets. They have given feedback to the building supervisor about how they would like the toilets to look, colour schemes, types of taps and even heights of mirrors. They have designed posters to try to tackle the problem of dog fowling on the pavements around school. Another suggestion from one of the school council members was to improve our goal posts. At the moment, the school is looking for possible funding streams to make this wish come true.
The children are constantly seeking to improve our school and make it a better place for everyone. If any pupils have any issues or ideas, they are encouraged to post their ideas in the post-box near Mr Connolly’s office or discuss it with their class representatives who will then feed back to the council at their next meeting.