At SSSJ, cultural capital is at the heart of what we do. Giving pupils a range of experiences that will prepare them for life after education. Living in a democratic society, we want our pupils to understand what democracy is and how they have a voice that needs to be heard. To enable this, we facilitate a school council that is run by pupils, who have been voted for by the pupils. Through this process pupils learn about empowerment and their ability to make a change. They learn that through taking responsibility they can develop their confidence and assertiveness whilst making their voice heard.
Pupils who wanted to be put forward to represent the school council show their interest and Years 1-6 are involved in a ballot. The results are counted, and our school council are chosen.
The pupils think carefully about the qualities they would like in their school council. They need to be confident public speakers, but also have good listening skills. They need to be committed to the role, set a good example, a person who is honest and a good team player. All of these skills within our school council contribute to making SSSJ a safer and happier place.
The pupils’ role within the school council is to help make decisions about how the school is run and take on projects that support and develop pupils’ learning. They help to organise charity events, such as the Christmas shoe box appeal, as well our Christmas and summer fares and ensuring the school is environmentally friendly place.
Our school council meet regularly with Miss Harper and Miss McMenamin to put their plans into action.