At Merton Abbey, we have a successful and active school council.
Aims and Objectives
- To provide the opportunity for pupils to become partners in their own education and to make a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos.
- To develop and promote children’s self-confidence, social skills and their responsible behaviour towards each other and towards their teachers and adult members of staff.
- To develop the pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding of how to contribute to society as a whole and what it means to be an active citizen.
- To develop pupils effective speaking and listening skills.
- To develop the pupils’ recognition of themselves as worthwhile individuals with a right to be heard.
- To allow the children to have a “voice” and to share their opinions and ideas with others.
- To allow children to become more responsible and actively involved in the decision-making process of the school.
The school council is made up of children in Years 5 and 6 (twelve children in total). Each councillor represents a class in the school and their role is to collect, disseminate and share ideas with their particular class. Every other week they meet together with Mrs Ogunnobi-Sime to share and discuss the contributions from their class. As a school we are looking to develop their role in the future so they have a more consultative role throughout the school e.g. introduction of food and uniform policies.
In January, the school council representatives successfully held a Family Film evening for the school community. There was an overwhelming response to the event and tickets sold out within the first week! Over 130 people came and enjoyed a fantastic film along with their popcorn and drink! In fact, it was so successful that another one will be organised very soon!
After the success of the past two film nights we will be holding another one tonight at 4:15pm when we will be watching 'Boss Baby'. As a school council we enjoy organising these evenings and getting the whole school community together. We hope you enjoy it too!