Eliot Bank’s School Council is all about working together, learning about democracy and playing a positive role in our community. To become a class representative all children were supported to write manifestos detailing what would make them a good Councillor. They were then elected by their classmates and the new school council is set to be announced shortly.
Eliot Bank School council aims to support everyone to find things they want to improve around the school and then put those ideas in to action. There are two members from each year group from Years 2 to 6, and meetings are held at least once a month with Miss Tighe.
School Councillors lead class council discussions and then report back to class council after meetings. They also bring issues that have been raised in class council to full School Council meetings. Representatives must be respectful and listen to others during meetings and not refer to specific individuals or groups during discussions. The representatives aim to use their position in the School Council to support and develop their school and peers, and not abuse this position in any way. Their notice board in the entrance lobby means that all children can identify the children who are school councillors and approach them for support or advice.
Recent School Council initiatives have included;
- Building relationships across the school, for example by supporting peer buddy schemes and talking to the school governors
- Improving and maintaining the school environment, for example with litter monitors, gardening clubs
- Developing community interaction, for example building links with local charities and visiting the Mayor’s chambers with representatives from school councils across the borough
Last year the council also successfully formed an Eliot Bank Eco Council, and after their hard work were awarded an Eco-School Bronze Award. This year the council are looking to go one better and achieve the Silver Award.
Further planned projects include a visit to the Lewisham Mayoral office in November and improving the school playground with initiatives such as litter pickers and anti bullying monitors and looking for ways in which we can help improve our school lunches.
Emma Tighe, School Council Leader
School Council Members 2016/17
School Council News
Last Friday School Council members, visited Lewisham’s Mayoral office. This was a fantastic opportunity for new School Council members to learn about the Mayor’s work. One element of the Mayor’s role is listening to public opinions and finding ways to make changes for the better. This ethos connects strongly with the role of School Council and we learnt ways in which we could put this into practise. School Councillors also had the opportunity to ask questions about some of their own concerns for the local community such as littering and road safety. We really enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to sharing what we learnt with our classes and the other School Council members.
Eco-School Bronze Award - Achieved by the 2015/16 Eliot Bank School Council
The Eliot Bank School Council formed an Eco Council to work with the Eco-Schools Organisation. The Eco-Schools Organisation is an international award programme that guides schools to become sustainable environments. The children learnt about what sustainability meant and designed posters to help understand what an Environmental Review would look at.
The 9 key topics were:
- School Grounds
- Healthy Living
- Global Citizenship
The children investigated the way energy is saved and how the school recycles and manages waste. They prepared interview questions for different members of school staff, and used these interviews to make notes on what the school did well in, and how it could be improved.
Waste and Recycling was a really interesting part of the review and the council met with Mrs Roberts to talk about how the school controls resources. After this, the children even started telling teachers and friends to look out for glues and pens without lids!
The children met with the kitchen staff and talked to them about healthy eating. The review also led the council to suggest making improved links with our International schools. We have links with a school in Egypt and a school in China, through the school Explorers Club, and regularly email and exchange pictures with these schools. The council now want to ask these schools questions about their environment, and see if they can become Eco Schools too.
After completing the Environmental Review, the council were able to write an Eco-School Action Plan aimed at making the school even more environmentally friendly – and hopefully help gain more Eco-School awards in the future!
The main things the Eco-Council want to work on next year are
• recycling of food waste
• introduction of litter monitors
• reduce wasted resources
• learning more about the history of school grounds
• create links with Environmental organisations
• explore the relationship with international schools
• create a composting area
• reduce traffic outside the school gat
The School Council really enjoyed forming the Eco Council and were delighted to receive the Eco-Schools Bronze Award.
They shared all of their work in a whole school assembly with Mr Gilham, who is our Pupil Voice Coordinator and has helped the children through the process.
Next year our new School/Eco Council will be working towards the Silver Award.
Well Done to Mr Gilham and the Eco Council!
For more information about Eco Schools and the awards please click here.