Our School Council is made up of one child from every class. We have to campaign to our classmates to be elected like candidates do in real elections. We talk together at the School Council meetings every half term with Mrs Edmonds, share ideas and make decisions about projects. We also try to help our community and try out ideas to make our school a better and safer place.
After the meetings we write minutes so we remember the decisions we have made.
To be a good school councillor, you must be a good listener, be fair and approachable because we have to listen to our classmates ideas and opinion and bring them to the Council. However, we also have to inform our schoolmates about our events and successes in school assemblies, in the school newsletter and on our website blog.
Last year we raised money to buy a playground equipment box full of toys so we have things to do when we are playing. We also got to decide which toys to buy. In addition we agreed on how to decorate our Buddy/ Friendship bench.
How has this helped us?
Our playground equipment gives us more activities to choose from and stops us getting bored. Playground markings, chosen by our Council, have encouraged us to develop our teamwork skills and friendships. We even have Playground Leaders who are trained to organise equipment and help us to become independent and hopefully our Buddy bench will be a brilliant place to chat to new friends.
This year, amongst other things, we are going to choose a new charity to be supported by the school, learn about leadership and democracy, and discuss the new class names system.
Weʼve raised over £300 purchase some new playground equipment for the school!! THANK YOU!
We want to improve the play area that the children currently have making it more fun and to allow the children to have an even more enjoyable playtime.
We feel it is important for the children to be active and enjoy their time at school and we want to give the school something that will last for many years to come and will be suitable for all ages.
With your help we can make this happen and we are extremely grateful for any amount you are able to contribute.
The following children have been elected as School Councilors for the academic year 2016/2017
School Council 2016-2017
At the beginning of each school year a new School Council is elected from children in year groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. One child is chosen from each class in these year groups, along with the Head Boy and Girl from year 5 or 6.
Children volunteer to represent their class and share their ideas for the year ahead. An election is then held whereby prospective school councillors are asked to prepare a short presentation to their peers about their personal strengths, ideas and reasons for wanting to be part of the school council. The children and staff join together to make an informed decision and vote.
All School Councillors wear a special badge so they can be easily recognised throughout school. The School Council meet on a regular basis with our school council leaders Mrs Czapla and Mrs Edmunds.
Role of the school council
The school council play a crucial role in the development of our school. They are an extremely dedicated, responsible team of children who are keen to represent the voices of all children in school. The school council;
Have ideas for school
Represent the voices of all children in school
Represent others in their class
Meet regularly, writing minutes for each meeting
Help to organise events such as discos, charity days and fundraising events
Seek opportunities to improve areas of school
Take part in interviews for staff members
Lead assemblies and competitions
Lead projects which involve managing school budgets and funds
The School Council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way the school is run. The School Council benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made.
Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each Councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of all the other pupils they represent.
Who can be a member of the School's Council?
We have an active School Council with a boy or girl representing their fellow pupils from each class from Year 1 to Year 6.
Each councillor is elected by their classmates at the beginning of the school year after a short presentation explaining why they should be elected. The members then elect a Chair, an Assistant Chair and a Secretary.
What do we do?
Members of the Council take part in discussions and votes and also feed back any relevant information to their class. At times they are requested to ask their class for ideas or take class votes relating to discussions by the Council.
Members meet regularly with teacher representatives and the Headteacher and Deputy.
What have we done so far?
The School Council discussed and explained the School Rules with their classes. These rules set out how we behave in school. We have helped organise special event fundraising days such as Children in Need and Comic Relief. We have also worked alongside the kitchen staff to develop special themed healthy lunches and with our school developers in planning for new play equipment.
The following children have been elected as School Councillors for the academic year 2015/2016
Azure: Sakeenah and Zakariya
Sapphire: Elvina and Musa
Emerald: Khushi and Soorya
Topaz: Siya and Josh
Amethyst: Ashita and Shahab
Indigo: Carol and Anirudh
Violet: Jasmine and Aarav
Cerulean: Mysha and Miracle
Teal: Hamida and Frankie
Turquoise: Zoya and Elaalan
Burgundy: Elizabeth and Hayder
Claret: Safira and Shiven
Magenta: Zainab and Abdul
Crimson: Kashvi and Adam
Ruby: Sara and Amir
Scarlet: Rida and Lucas
Spencer and Abdi
Wednesday 9th March 2016 KS2 School Council trip to the Houses of Parliament
The upper Key Stage School Council visited the Houses of Parliament to learn about how government works. We were shown around the House of Commons and the House of Lords where the Queen delivers the Queen’s Speech every year. What a fascinating visit !
School Council went on a very exciting trip to the Houses of Parliament to learn about this very prominent building.
We all travelled up to the centre of London by coach.
On arrival we had to put all our bags and belongings in a tray to be scanned and then walk through a metal detector. This was to ensure security was tight and that nothing dangerous could be brought in to endanger life.
We then walked into the ‘Great Hall’. The ceiling was impressive and made out of wood, - apparently it leaks where the roof opened to allow out smoke from the fireplace inside the hall.
A lady called Jenny Coleman introduced herself as our tour guide. She told us that we could not take photos once we walked from the Great Hall.
Walking along, we saw large statues, paintings, elaborate furniture and decorative wallpaper. Many of the paintings were of Kings and Queens past and present. Also lots of statues of past prime ministers were in the huge corridors and lobbies.
We visited the House of Lords and were told not to sit on the red leather seats because it would wear out the expensive leather if lots of people sat down on them. The present government sit one side and the opposition, the other side.
The Queen opens parliament and sits on a gold throne which is made of actual gold. (Apparently Michael Jackson visited and attempted to buy the gold throne from out government – it was not sold!!)
When the Queen visits the Houses of Parliament, a blue carpet is laid for her to walk on.
When Queen Victoria reigned, she would visit here and she had her very own secret, hidden toilet behind the wooden panels. It was made out of brass - so that would be freezing cold to sit on –Brrr!! Also she was so small, she needed a footstool to rest her feet upon.
The reigning monarch is not allowed inside the House of Commons. She sends her representative, the Black Rod, to knock on their door very loudly to summon them to the House of Lords for her speech for the State opening of Parliament.
We were informed of Oliver Cromwell’s role in our history. He took over when King Charles I was beheaded and he was not popular. Oliver Cromwell was the leader of this country for ten years, and then he died of malaria. Charles I’s son became King, Charles II. He dug up Oliver Cromwell’s body and put him on trial. He was found guilty and sentenced to death although he was already dead. His head was chopped off and displayed on a spike for people to see that he was a traitor.
In the Great Hall, Henry VIII used to play tennis; he was not very good as many of his balls ended up in the ceiling.
So, the School Council had a mind-blowing, informative experience – we will never forget it. We learnt such a lot.
By Khushi 5E
Ryvers Primary School pupils quiz the Mayor of Slough
Members of the student council at Ryvers Primary School were given the opportunity to quiz the Mayor of Slough.
Cllr Mohammed Rasib visited the school in Trelawney Avenue on Monday to speak to the children from across all years of the school about his role at Slough Borough Council (SBC).
Cllr Rasib said: “I had a wonderful visit to Ryvers Primary School on Monday afternoon and very much enjoyed meeting staff and pupils, particularly the members of the school council who were brilliant.
“I especially enjoyed the Q&A session and was very impressed with the range and quality of the questions which were both intelligent and light-hearted.”
The children, from year one up to year six, asked questions about how Cllr Rasib became the mayor and about the clothes he wears.
Rosie Carlton, PA to the headteacher, said: “The children really enjoyed speaking to the mayor and I think it inspired them to look into ways they can improve their school life.”
Langley Remembrance Parade November 2014
On Sunday 9th November, several school council representatives participated in a Remembrance parade in Langley, to mark the centenary of World War 1. Ryvers School joined many other organisations in the community to show our respects at this important and significant event. They all laid a remembrance cross and our own handmade wreath to commemorate local Langley servicemen who gave their life for our country. We were extremely proud of the children!
Poppy Display at Ryvers
All the children at Ryvers were extremely busy decorating their own unique poppy, as a chance to reflect on why we celebrate Remembrance Day. We have recreated a beautiful display of our own based on of the Tower Bridge poppy memorial in London.
School Council Interviews
The School Council has recently been involved in both interview processes for our new Deputy Head Teacher and Early Years Leader at Ryvers School. The children were extremely professional and had some fantastic questions for the candidates to answer!
We are positive that the successful candidates will be fantastic future leaders here at Ryvers School and we thoroughly enjoyed being part of the interview process alongside Miss Fell!