Welcome to our School Council.
At Falla Park, our school council is made up of two representatives from year 2 to year 6. These representatives have been chosen by their fellow peers to share opinions and raise issues with the headteacher and governors of the school. Councillors take forward projects on behalf of the pupils, and are actively involved in their role!
The Falla Park school council aim to:
- Represent all pupils and include as many people as possible
- Take time to listen to all pupils and communicate their views
- Feed back to pupils about what happened with their views
- Make things happen – or explain why they can’t!
The school council meet regularly to discuss issues affecting them and other children in their class. The idea is that the council should try to come up with solutions to these issues themselves and so become problem solvers. This may involve thinking of how they will finance something or plan how they would make the most of a small budget. In addition to issues that they put on the agenda themselves, there are also times when other members of staff and external people visitors come into school to speak to the council asking for their opinions and ideas.
By being part of the council children are improving communication with both their peers and also other council members who they would not normally get to work with. They get to improve their listening skills and reasoning skills also.
December 2015 Update
As a Rights Respecting School we recognise that every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously (UNCRC Article 12).
This term the school council have met regularly and shared their ideas about ways we can improve lunch times. Big changes are on the horizon and the council have shared some fantastic ideas. Many of these are taking place right now!
So far the council have:
- introduced plates and bowls instead of airline trays… no more water spillages on meals in our school!
- changed the way children enter the hall at lunch times
- introduced music as children eat their lunch
- met regularly with our chair of governors, Mrs. Codling, to present their suggestions
- contributed to the planning for Anti-Bullying Week (We hope to reveal our new Anti-Bullying logo soon!)
- started to make plans so that our school playground is more stimulating and interesting.
Keep checking our school website and Twitter page to keep informed with the latest developments!
May 2016 Update
As a Rights Respecting School we recognise that all children have the right to relax and play (UNICEF, Article 31).
The school council have been working tirelessly to improve break times and lunch times this year. Those children who work as Buddies and Mini-Buddies have been working hard in their roles and our Y6 peer mediators are working well to resolve any minor issues or problems that occur; they are taking their role very seriously! As we continue to work towards our Rights Respecting (level one) award, the school council are taking an active role in the preparation for our assessment. They are great role models in school and always model rights respecting language and behaviour! They are making preparations to speak with our assessors on the day that they come in to school – we are positive that our council will do us proud!
Our Y5 councillors have worked with children from other schools and have participated in Gateshead’s Children’s Council meeting earlier this month. We have helped to choose posters, designed by children throughout Gateshead, that will be displayed in local parks. These encourage everyone to treat their local spaces with care and respect. We are looking forward to taking more of an active role in these meetings and we’re already preparing to take some of our ideas along with us to the next meeting in July.
Most recently we have made decisions regarding the different changes that we’d like to see happen on our yard. We’ve chosen a range of different things that we’d like to have printed on our yard (including a classic… hopscotch!). We look forward to posting some before and after shots as soon as contractors have finalised their plans.