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 Playground Buddies.
Ten playground buddies have been selected from Year 6 (five boys and five girls). Their job is to support our lunchtime staff in managing the safety and behaviour of all pupils. This will be achieved by acting as a role model to the younger children in school at play and lunchtimes.
This group will work closely with our four sports leaders to encourage others to participate in playground games, create friendships, and be available to help and support fellow pupils at all times on the playground. Each day two of our ten playground buddies will take up these roles and responsibilities.
They will be easy to notice on the playground as they will be provided with a yellow jacket to wear.
The Sports Council is made up of one boy and one girl from each KS2 class.
These group members will meet with Mr Westwood once a term to discuss PE and sports in school.
This will involve identifying new sports and activities for the playground and after school clubs, assist in purchasing new sports equipment, and highlighting areas for improvement.
Four Sports Leaders have been selected to organise and provide playground games for pupils at lunchtimes.
This group will be supported by Mr Westwood and will have access to the PE resources when delivering small activities.
This role is designed to promote sports in school, develop leadership and confidence skills, as well as inspire younger pupils to join in playground games. Sports Leaders will also be responsible for setting up and packing away all playground equipment during lunchtimes.
They will all wear blue bibs so that they are easily recognisable to everybody on the playground.
Our Worship Committee is made up of pupils from our Year 6 class.
The children from the Worship Committee help to plan the liturgical calendar throughout the year, supporting prayer life within school. We also help to prepare the hall for worship and greet visitors that may attend our worships.
We meet once each half term to discuss and share any ideas we may have and evaluate whole school worships.