Monksdown School Council
Our School Council consists of 20 councillors, one girl and one boy from every class from year 2 upwards. Each of these children was elected by their classmates to represent them in the council meetings. We hold these meetings every fortnight. We have class meetings on the weeks in-between to report back to the class and discuss anything that they want taking to the council.
The council deal with many different issues ranging from what games should be allowed on the playground to whether classes should be allowed a pet.
Many of our councillors enjoy the experience so much that they try for election again the following year or go on to be councillors in their secondary school.
Our School Council for 2016-2017
- 2C Hannah Carter and Ethan Brough
- 2B Elissa Jabakhanji and Jay Shaw
- 3HC Maggie Williams and Mehdi Rizvi
- 3H Millie Ashworth and Frankie Hagan
- 4W Lacey-May Kelly and Harrison Tinsley
- 4J Millie Lindsay and Oliver Cullen-Davy
- 5MS Lucy Doherty and Riley Melia
- 5C Kaitlyn McLoughlin and Jon Speedy
- 6GA Louisa Blackwood and Ibraheem Diab
- 6MA Faye Potter and George Sancto
Good Deeds Scavenger Hunt
The school council recently put together a Good Deeds Scavenger Hunt for the rest of the children to take part in. It included things such as make someone laugh, pick up some litter, make a thank-you card for someone you are thankful to, do some chores at home and bring in an item of food for the food bank. It was a great success with lots of children from years 2 – 6 taking part. We collected a large amount of food which has been passed on to the food bank. A big thank-you to all who took part and keep up the good deeds!
School councillors from years 5 and 6 attended the Liverpool Fairtrade Schools Conference to find out more about what Fairtrade means.
They listened to two fifteen year old students Esther and Samuel from Ghana. They spoke about living in a village where their parents work on cocoa farms. They also help out on the farm when they are not in school.
We heard about how tea is grown in Malawi and how Fairtrade ensures that farmers receive a fair wage for their work. The councillors then had to decide how they would spend the Fairtrade Premium, which is the extra bit of money that is added to the cost of the tea and is used by the Fairtrade foundation to buy essential items for the villagers. It was difficult to decide between spending it on a bore hole for fresh water, nets to protect families from malaria, solar panels for the houses, pay for a nurse, or pay for a student’s education. These are all things we take for granted.
Next we looked at how Fairtrade cotton is grown, harvested and processed. We looked at all the people who are involved before it reaches our shops as clothes and discussed how difficult it is to pay them all a fair and equal wage.
Finally we thought about the actions we could take to help our school become more aware of Fairtrade. We decided to put on an assembly for the children in KS2 to tell them about it.