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 2017-2018
2BY Ruby Turner + Dylan Foster
2C Sophie McArthur + John Carter
3C Alfie Glover + Layla Harris
3H Simon Plavnicky + Eva O’Connell
4W Mehedi Rizvi + Leah Patterson
4J Jake Bamber + Charley Baker
5S Iyad Tarabiea + Lacey-May Kelly
5A James Conroy + Pheobe Rooney
6M Thomas Smith + Kirsty Mitchell
6A Lucy Doherty + McKenzie Leonard
“I love being a school councillor. We can be a good example to other children and if they feel like they can’t say anything, we can speak up for them” Kirsty.
“I like being a school councillor because I can help people” Eva.
“While I have been on the school council I have helped to stop children wasting food at dinner time” Thomas.
“By being a school councillor I feel I am helping our school to be a better place” McKenzie.
Internet Safety Day 2018
The motto for internet safety day 2018 is “Create, Connect and Share Respect. A better internet starts with you.”
The school councillors met with our digital leaders, one of our parents, Mrs. Griffiths and Mrs. Smith, the ICT coordinator to discuss internet safety. We talked about our jobs as councillors and digital leaders and how we can help to make everyone aware of how to stay safe on the internet. We discussed online bullying and decided we will put together an assembly for the KS2 children about this.
Reducing Food Waste
The school council are working to help reduce food waste in our school, especially at lunch times. They spoke to the other pupils about this and hope that working together they can ensure that only rubbish, not food which could be eaten, is thrown away.
We weighed the bin bags containing all the waste from packed lunches and noted it down. Six weeks later we weighed them again and were pleased to find they were considerably lighter. This is a good start to reducing the waste but it could be better. We will continue to monitor what is being thrown away and encourage children not to waste good food.
“There are a lot of people around the world who can’t afford to pay for food. Also, farmers spend a lot of time growing it so we should not waste it” Mehedi.
“It isn’t fair to our parents if they spend money on food that we just waste” Thomas.
“Sometimes I used to throw my butties away, then I thought about it. My mum puts thought and work into making them for me and I’d just throw them away. I told her the ones I don’t like and she changed what she gives me and now I eat all my butties” Lacey-May.