At St Agatha’s, we have a student voice which is made up of school councillors (democratically voted for by all the children) from years 2-6.
British Values are an important part of our education and we like to think that as a school we represent our community of peers in the same way that an MP represents our Borough. A recent meeting with our local MP Zac Goldsmith helped us to appreciate the role.
Throughout the year, the councillors meet together to discuss any issues that they are aware of within and around the school and to see if they can help raise awareness or resolve them by working with the teachers, the governors, the PSA, the local councillors, local charities or others. A further responsibility we hold is to help develop the school’s charity commitments. Past projects have included raising money for the people of Nepal through CAFOD. This year we are looking to work with a charity from our local community.
In previous years, the councillors have been included in some very important changes and improvements in our school including staff recruitment, developing the playground, fundraising, surveying preferences for school activities and contributing to the development of the school food menu. This year we plan to make our impact even greater. We met recently with Andrea Craig to discuss petitioning the school waste management company about better ways to re-use school leftovers and rubbish. We are also keen to make our immediate environment a more pleasant place. Watch this space!
We are ‘all ears’ and welcome suggestions from everyone at St Agatha’s!