Brightside Nursery Infant School Council is made up of 9 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 Mr Smith 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.
Autumn 1- We have asked the children in year 1 and year 2 to nominate themselves to become a member of the School Council. The children then voted for two members from each class. The class teacher also voted a child onto school council. The school council had their first socially distanced meeting with Mr Smith to discuss issues in school e.g. school lunches and lunchtime play outside.
Autumn 2- The school council decided what they wanted to do for Children in Need. They decided to ask the children to come to school in their pyjamas to raise money for the charity.
Spring 1- School closed due to COVID-19.
Autumn 1- We have asked the children in the year 1 and year 2 classes to apply for the opportunity to be in the School Council. Pupils then voted for their class representative. School council meetings will begin in the autumn 2 half term.
Autumn 2- The School Council have been meeting every two weeks to discuss matters that have arisen in school. Miss Frost asked the School Council if they can find out what new books the children at Brightside would like in the School Library. The School Council decided that they will ask each class in Class Council sessions then they wrote Miss Frost a list of new books that children wanted.
Spring 1- The School Council hav been discussing how they can make the playground better at lunchtime. They have helped to develop different zones with Mr Smith such as a 'colouring area' and a 'den building area.' Their next project is to develop this further by asking what their class would like in class council time.
Spring 2- The School Council interviewed Miss Frost to find out what it was like to be the Deputy Head at Brightside. They asked questions such as 'How long have you been a teacher?' and 'What do you like best about your job?'
Summer 1- School closed due to COVID-19
Summer 2- School closed due to COVID-19
Here are some of the projects that the School Council have been involved in during 2018/19.
Autumn 1 - The school council thought about how they could raise money at Harvest Time. They decided to have a food collection and donate it to The Cathedral Archer Project to help people who are homeless.
Autumn 2- The school council decided how we could raise money for Children In Need. They decided to have a 'spotty' day where the children could bring in £1 donation to dress up in something spotty. They also chose to have a disco and to raise money by having spotty face paint and spotty hairsprays.
Spring 1- The school council helped to make decisions about the playground at school. They wanted a 'Daily Mile' track around the yard. They looked at some ideas and chose to have a hopscotch, colourful footprints, a target board and a sprinting section developed into the design. They can't wait for the playground's new look!
Spring 2- The school council have been discussing how to keep safe online. The children explained how they like using the child friendly search engine 'Kiddle' to look for information as this makes them feel safer. They developed some ideas to share across school to help the other children to feel safer online.
Summer 1- The school council have been discussing how they would like the new school garden area to look. They have suggested that it needs to have sensory areas with different textures. They would also like to have a 'quiet space' where children can reflect and have time on their own. The school council also discussed how they could encourage more children to eat the free school lunch every day. They decided that they could have 'taster sessions' where children could try the different food available.
Summer 2- The school council were challenged to find out what after school clubs children would like in 2019/2020. The school council asked their peers in the class council sessions. They decided that they would like to keep having a range of sports clubs and they would also like other clubs such as cooking and painting where they can be creative.