Brightside Nursery Infant School Council is made up of 12 pupils from year 1 and year 2. Two reception children also join in the spring term. In the autumn term, every pupil votes for who they would like to be a council member from each class. The votes are then counted and the School Council is formed. The School Council meet every two weeks with Mrs Batham to discuss current school issues. They then report issues and discussions back to their classes every two weeks in class council.
The School Council present the outcomes of their meetings to the KS1 pupils and Headteacher every two weeks in the Monday assembly.
In the autumn term Mrs Batham will visit each classroom in KS1 to discuss the school council roles. The children will vote for new members of school council.
Here they are above! Our fantastic school council for 2023 - 2024.
Autumn 1 2023/24 - In our first meeting we discussed how they had been elected by their friends to represent them. The children received their special lanyard to wear and had their photos taken so everyone knows who they are! We talked about the fantastic work last years school council had done for us in school. The children are really excited to get started and can't wait for their first class council.
As this half term comes to an end, the school council are really settling into their roles in school. They are enjoying their class council meetings and are fabulous at reporting back and discussing issues with Mrs Batham. In our school council meetings we talked about the word 'elected' and what it means. We explored what it means to have been 'voted' for and the concept of fairness. The children were excited to introduce themselves to the parents at our harvest festival and thanked everyone for their support and their kind donations to a local foodbank. Everyone was very impressed with their confident speaking voices! The final task for this term was to consult with their classes on some rules for the new outdoor library and ways we could use it to further support reading in school. We can't wait to meet again next half term.
Autumn 2 2023/24 - Our first school council meeting of the term was very busy. We had some big decisions to make and lots to feed back on from our class councils.
We looked at all the suggestions for rules for our outdoor library and school council then chose the best five. We will be making some posters for the outdoor library and introducing the chosen rules with our friends. We are also looking for two librarians to help on Friday mornings in the outdoor library. Application forms to follow!
The school council then made the final decisions on the activities and themes for Children In Need day on Friday 17th November. The children can choose whether to wear pyjamas or wear Pudsey bear merchandise eg t-shirts, headbands etc. The children also decided to have a disco party on the Friday afternoon and will be discussing what kind of party games the children want to play with their class councils next week. Please see the separate newsletter for more details.
We are very excited for our Children In Need day and hope we raise lots of money for charity.
After our great Children In Need day we were straight on with other jobs in school. On Friday 24th November, in celebration assembly, school council picked two names out of the hat to see who were the lucky winners of the two Disney on Ice family tickets. The names in the draw were all children who had achieved excellent school attendance. The children in school all watched to see who the lucky winners were. More details about the winners are on the school app.
We have also been putting up our rules for the outdoor library. Class councils will be discussing them in their meetings. See if you can spot them when you come to change your books on Friday!
We have also shortlisted our applications for school librarians. School council voted for their favourite candidate by using cubes to mark their preference. We talked about fairness and we also made sure that we couldn't see the names on the applications. We have chosen a librarian from Y1 and another from Y2. Please check the news on our app to see the successful applicants!
Our last meeting for this term involved school council picking out the winning names for the punctuality raffle. We discussed fairness and why the children were picking out the names instead of adults in school. See the school app to find out the winners!
School council have been fabulous this term and Mrs Batham is looking forward to working with them next year in 2024!
Spring 1 2023/24 - School council were straight back to work on the first week back. The first task for this term is to find out from our classes what kind of afterschool clubs they would like to add to our offer. Next week they will consult with their classes ready to report back!
We are also excited about representatives from reception classes joining us on school council now they are settled into school. Mrs Batham and some of school council visited class 8 and 9 to tell them all about it. Happy voting next week reception! We can't wait for you to join us.
On the 26th of January the new reception school council children had their very first meeting with Mrs Batham. They spoke clearly and listened to others really well. We talked about all the ideas we had gathered from the class councils about different after school clubs we would like to see in school. There were some amazing ideas, from clubs which were focused on sports eg outdoor games club to leisure activities such as film club and jigsaw club. The children also showed how much they love learning with suggestions such as 'number club' and 'geography club'. We put the results in a table to show Mrs Mercer. This will help the school in planning future fun clubs for us all!
Spring 2 2023/24 - Keep checking for updates as the year goes on.
Summer 1 2023/24 - Keep checking for updates as the year goes on.
Summer 2 2023/24 - Keep checking for updates as the year goes on.
2022/2023- Read here to find out what we got up to during the last school year
Spring 2 - We got off to a great start this term!
The school council gathered ideas for Red Nose Day and decided on a theme 'Wear Something Red' for a donation of 50p. The children can't wait for this fun event. You can wear anything from a full head to toe red outfit to a red hair clip! The choice is yours.
For the annual fun run, the school council considered all the ideas from class council and decided on a ' Run In Red' or wear sportswear theme. Any money raised will be added to the Red Nose Day fund.
Our considerate parking banner has now been issued and is ready to be fixed to our school railings. School council will be helping Mr Needham with this job. See if you can spot it!
School council finished off this term by looking at entries for the science week family competition and picked a winner per year group.
On the last day of term school council had the very difficult task of picking the winners of the Easter Bonnet competition. Wow! What a fun time you all had at home making those wonderful creations. The winners and runner ups all won a chocolate treat!
Lastly, school council were given the important task of picking the logo for the schools new PTA (parent teacher association) group which is called 'Friends Of Brightside'. There were lots of designs by the children in school to choose from. Look out for which one school council chose on future letters and information!
Happy Easter everyone from all of us at School Council!
Summer 1 -
The school council got off to a great start this term thinking about the coronation of King Charles. We decided on party games to play at our celebration party and designed posters to promote our special coronation day themed menu.
We are currently thinking about ways to keep our environment looking great and will be thinking about this with our class councils.
Our next job is to decide on enterprise ideas for the summer fayre to raise money for school funds. Keep an eye out for our ideas!
In our final week of term we met to discuss the various enterprise ideas we had generated in class council. Some were funny, some practical but all were great ideas to raise money for the school. Come along to the summer fayre to see what we chose!
Also in our final meeting for this term we gave our opinions about the calming music and visuals Mrs Mercer has been trialing in the dining hall. We discussed what opinions are and how it is ok to have different opinions to others.
Our final task for this term was really exciting. We looked at different designs for an outdoor library and voted on which we liked the best, giving our reasons and opinions. We used coloured counters to represent each of our votes and gave reasons for our choice. We are getting really good at giving our opinions and listening to others with respect when they give theirs!
Summer 2 -
Summer 2 got off to a great start. We made a thank you card for LoadHog for their generous donations to school. They have given us so much time and paid for new resources. We are very grateful to them. You may have seen our card being presented on the mobile app.
As a school council we have also been thinking about outdoor expectations and how we can make rules to support everyone during their play. We are going to consult with our class councils to find out what our friends think.
To finish off our wonderful year as elected councillors, we received a special certificate from school to thank us for our efforts. We can't wait to see who gets voted in next time!