At Kelvin Grove Primary School, we encourage all pupils to share their views and opinions through a range of different opportunities.
Our School Council consists of representatives from each class from Years 1 to 6, including hub classes. Reception and Nursery also have time with the School Council Lead to ensure that their opinions and ideas are also contributed and valued. Representatives are elected by their peers on an annual basis. Representatives are also able to bring along others who have an opinion or suggestions which needs to be shared. The School Council then work together on changes that matter to them and the future of our school. Ideas are then shared back to the classes who, in turn, give contributions to be taken back to our next meeting. Ideas range from matters arising in classes, the whole school and also within the school’s community.
Previously we have worked with the WE Movement (https://www.we.org/gb/) to support the children in establishing their voice and making a change happen. This year we are focussing on rebuilding and re-establishing communities within our school, the school community and beyond.
School Council Minutes
We are the prefects of 2019-2020. Our job, on the day-to-day, is to keep everything in check and help teachers and other school staff in anyway possible. Although being a prefect means sacrificing a few breaks, it is completely worth it as you get the rewarding feeling of helping out for the greater good of the school. Being a prefect you have to take responsibility in all areas of school life and be a positive role model for other children throughout the school.
Some of the detailed roles and responsibilities are as follows:
- to help out in the school office during lunchtime signing visitors into the school and organising documents for the office staff;
- monitoring the various playgrounds and tidying up afterwards;
- setting out the halls for the weekly assemblies;
- to be a support for children who need it.
We love being prefects – it really prepares you for life beyond school as well as giving you valuable leadership skills.
Kelvin Grove has a team of 40 ‘buddies’, from years 4 and 5, who are trained in peer mediation techniques and promote positive playtimes. They are recruited by School Council annually and meet regularly with our safeguarding lead (Nafisa Ballard).
Visible in their green vests, buddies assist teaching assistants at lunchtimes and look out for vulnerable pupils in the playground. They are highly respected and valued members of the school community. Some buddies graduate to becoming a prefect when they move up to year six.
Play supporters are recruited from year 3 upwards to help other children with their play. They learn how to organise games and work successfully in all playgrounds.