School Council

Welcome to Ashbury Meadow Primary School's School Council homepage.

We hope this page helps you learn lots about who we are, what we do, and what we stand for. 

So what is a School Council?

A School Council is a representative group of students who have been proposed and elected by their peers to express their views and raise issues with the Teachers, Senior Managers and Governors of their school. A School Council can also propose and take forward initiatives and projects on behalf of their peers.

Our School Council is made up of 8 representatives from years 3-6. At the start of the Autumn term this year, the prospective candidates prepared a speech for their classmates, and then a vote took place. If they wish, children can remain on the School Council for a maximum of two years. However, after that period they must stand down and allow another child to join. 

Once Councillors have been elected, they have to liaise between their own classes and report back to the full School Council in our weekly meetings. Two of the School Councillors will lead the meetings, acting as Chairperson and Secretary respectively. The role of the Chairperson is to make sure that meetings run effectively and within the ground rules of the meeting, whereas the Secretary keeps track of what has been talked about and what decisions have been made. During these meetings, suggestions and ideas are discussed and then the group decides which items should be written into the action plan and what the next steps are. Members should then lead Class Council meetings every Monday to generate ideas and feedback.

What are our beliefs?

 The School Council works to promote the six core values of Ashbury Meadow Primary School:

 ·Think before you speak, think before you act.

· Take care of yourself, each other and our school.

· Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.

· Follow instructions first time.

· Be kind and friendly.

· Walk around school quietly. 

We also believe that the school council helps children:

. Enjoy and feel empowered by their education 

. Feel that their school responds to their needs and views

. Have the opportunity to let adults know their feelings and opinions about things that affect them 

. Have a say about decisions, and to play an active role in making their school a better place

. Develop life skills through participation

Our focuses for this year.

The current pandemic has made it very difficult for the school council, and we have been trying to find ways to continue our work virtually. During the lockdown we started the ASHBURY MEADOW challenge, which consisted of lots of different activities to help brighten everyone's day whilst learning from home. As part of this challenge we have introduced our Healthy Eating Heroes - fun characters created by the children to help motivate them to make healthier choices at lunch times. You will see these characters appear around school very shortly, so keep your eyes peeled! 

As a school we are very keen on helping the environment as much as possible and are always trying to find new ways to do this. We are really focussing on paper recycling and food waste this term, as we have noticed that it has become a big problem! Each class has now chosen one person who is in charge of making sure their classmates are recycling their paper correctly, and are not wasting any food at lunch time! Our monitors are doing a great job and have told us that now some children can have a snack at break time with some of the left over fruit from the previous day! 

Our plans to promote the School Council. 

School Councils that tell the rest of the school what they’re up to are far more likely to get children involved in helping out and contributing ideas.

The School Councillors are always willing to lend a helping hand around school and will often be seen doing odd jobs in classrooms, litter picking in the playground, or helping their fellow pupils. 

We love taking part in fundraising events, and did a fantastic job on Red Nose Day this year raising a fabulous £392! This is all thanks to our generous parents and staff who donated!

In other exciting news...

The School Council organised for our school to be involved in the Big Health Challenge run by Manchester Healthy Schools. Manchester Healthy Schools have been working in partnership with Manchester schools for over 20 years - tackling health inequalities and improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people. 

Every year Manchester Healthy Schools runs a Big Health Challenge, with a different theme each year. This year the question was "What are you doing to get your school community involved in healthy lifestyles?" The school council presented their ideas to their classes, and everyone worked together to create posters, leaflets, poems and other wonderful pieces of work. These were all then sent off to Manchester Healthy School and...WE WON!!! 

Congratulations everyone!!!! 🎉

Follow the link below to have a look at the Manchester Healthy Schools announcment on twitter. https://publish.twitter.com/?query=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fmcrhealthysch%2Fstatus%2F1412754060617392132&widget=Tweet

Contact the School

Ashbury Meadow Community Primary School

Rylance St
Manchester
M11 3NA

Main Contact: Mrs Eve Peters

Tel: 0161 989 2999
admin2@ashburymeadow.manchester.sch.uk

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