At Craneswater Junior School we have an active School Council which helps to promote the school’s visions and values and provide pupils with a voice to help develop and improve the school. Each year classes vote for two pupils to represent them in council meetings. A ‘School Councillor Job Description’ is used to identify pupils which effectively demonstrate the qualities and attitudes needed to be a successful School Councillor. The Council meets every week to give opinions and share ideas which are then fed back to all pupils through Class Councils. One of the key roles of the School Council is help develop the school’s code of conduct and anti-bullying policies. This ensures that these policies are appropriate and meaningful to all pupils in the school.
The School Councils prides itself on establishing effective links with the local and wider community as we feel this fosters a sense of belonging and responsibility. Each year the School Councils decides upon a chosen charity that embodies the visions and values of the school. Throughout the year the School Council undertakes a range of fundraising events to raise money for these good causes. In addition we also help organise and run events for Comic Relief and Sports Relief.
In order to celebrate and promote the School’s values and code of conduct we have 4 house teams. These are Dauntless, Daring, Diamond and Dragon. They are named after the newly commissioned type 45 destroyers which are based at Portsmouth Harbour. Children are assigned a house and throughout the year compete for House Points in order to win the House Cup. House Points are awarded for exemplarily behaviour both in class and around the school, sporting achievements and participation in after school clubs and activities. House Points can be awarded by any member of staff who feels that a child has demonstrated these values. Each week a running total is announced during assembly and the scores are displayed on the House Point Board in the hall.
School Council Visits
The School Council regularly visits neighbouring schools. During these visits we share what we have achieved at our school and celebrate the successes of other School Councils. This also provides us with an opportunity to see how our school could be improved in the future.
This year has been a particularly busy year for the School Council. Here are some of our achievements:
- Creating a school mural in the middle playground.
- Refurbishing the Upper School toilets.
- Collecting stationary to support a school in Gambia and raising over £200 to buy books and sports equipment.
- Raising £2,772 for Sports Relief and £1,150 for Comic Relief
- Introducing a ‘Tidy School’ initiative.
- Promoting healthy eating and healthy snacks.