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

What we will be focusing on this Autumn term.

The current pandemic has made it very difficult for the school council, and we are trying to find ways to safely continue our work within the local community. We are hoping to have a few virtual events with the Royal Manchester Children's hospital in the near future. 

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 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. 

This term we have introduced a new suggestion box, that can be found in the area near Mrs Thomas' office. All pupils have access to this box, and can pop a suggestion in there at any time. The school council members will check it regularly and work on any suggestions inside. 

We are also working on a weekly newsletter so watch this space! 

Last year we raised a whopping £151.65p for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital by taking part in the Humphrey's Helpers 5p challenge. They were so thankful for all of our hard work, that Humphrey came to visit our school! The money we raised will go towards the play department at the Hospital. Isn't that great?! We are hopefully going to introduce this challenge again this year!

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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