Pupils at St. Paul's have the opportunity to be part of several groups, who make important contributions to our school.
Our School Council.
The School Council enables pupils to take an active role in the life of the school.
The children can take responsibility and help improve behaviour, they can become involved, where appropriate, in some of the decision making that takes place in the school.
The School Council lets the children solve problems fairly and is a forum that allows them to take part in discussions on various topics raised in the school. Through the School Council pupils to learn how to talk about things that affect them, makes them better listeners.
Pupils learn the appropriate skills to arrange, run and record meetings through presenting an agenda. The School Council meet once a week on a Monday.
- Each class, from Year 1 to Year 6, will elect 2 people (1 boy and 1 girl) to sit on this council. Elections will normally be every September for the start of the academic year.
- Nominations will be given to the class teacher and each child in Year 1 to Year 6 will be given 2 voting papers to vote for 1 boy and 1 girl.
- When the council has been elected – the Chair and Vice-Chair will be elected from the Year 6 pupils. It will be their responsibility to meet with the Principal and Vice-Principal and decide on the Agenda for the meetings.
- The Secretary will be elected from the remaining upper Junior classes.
- A folder containing all agendas and minutes will be held in the Principal's office.
- Meetings will be held on a half-termly basis.
- A suggestion box will be placed in the entrance hall for suggestions or ideas that pupils would like to have discussed at the council meeting. The person placing the slip in the box will sign them.
- A report will be written by the Chair or Vice-Chair to present: firstly to the Principal and Vice-Principal for any amendments that may be appropriate; presented to the school at the next Whole School Assembly. Where appropriate reports may be made in Newsletters or in the Principal's Report to Governors.
- At the end of the Academic Year the council will be disbanded and a new election take place in September.
- School Council Nomination Form (pdf)
- School Council Voting Slip (pdf)
- School Council Suggestion Slip (pdf)
Our Eco Committee.
The Eco-Schools Committee has had its first meeting and the school will follow a simple seven-step process which will help us to address a variety of environmental themes, ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity.
Children will lead the eco-committee and help carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of their school. Through consultation with the rest of the school and the wider community it is the children that will decide which environmental themes they want to address and how they are going to do it.
Our Eco-Council display board.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) wants every school to be a sustainable school by 2020 and believes schools play a vital part in developing the skills children need to lead sustainable lives.
The Government's Sustainable Schools strategy outlines how schools can start their journey towards becoming sustainable, encouraging them to take on board the principles of sustainable development across all aspects of school life. This means that:
- Children should learn about sustainability in their lessons, as part of the curriculum.
- The school should be managed in a sustainable way and should act as a catalyst for sustainability within the local community.
Our Peer Mentors.
Our Peer Mentors have applied for their roles and have been trained by Miss Winchurch our Vice Principal.
Their role is to organise games at playtimes and lunchtimes, ensure all children have friends to play with and provide a friendly face to listen to any concerns children might have on the playground.
They can be found on the playground at playtimes and lunchtimes wearing their high visibility jackets so they can be easily seen. Alternatively, we have a friendship stop where children can wait if they need a Peer Mentor's help.
Our playground buddies are fully trained and working hard every playtime and lunchtime to organise fun games and help children that might not know who to play with.
After applying for their roles they have followed a rigorous training programme and also have regular updates on new playground activities they could organise for the children.
Their enthusiasm, friendly smiles and excellent organisation skills help the staff and children at St Paul’s have safe and fun playtimes and lunchtimes.