The school council meet regularly and are involved in decision making for the school with a focus on improving our school environment and fundraising for charity. There are two members per class and they have been chosen by their peers.
In previous years, the school council have organised a school sleepover to help raise funds to improve our learning environments and they organised the first ever 'Shrivenham Bake Off' with all proceeds going to Pennyhooks Farm, organised a careers day to enhance the school PSHE curriculum and last year the school council represented the school at the Service of Remembrance at St Andrew's Church, where they recited a poem and laid a wreath at the war memorial with members of the local community. They have also organised and run a cake sale to raise money for their chosen charities.
Each year, the School Council creates their own mission statement, which helps the elected members to focus on what is important to the pupils. This year, the mission statement states:
"Good things happen through hard work."
There are key roles given to help support their understanding of councils and democracy - promoting British Values. These roles include a Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary. The children, while supported by Mrs Butler, are encouraged to discuss and debate independently, allowing key skills to develop.
Our 2023-24 School Council are:
Sophie, Connor, Rory, Maddie, Sebi, Finley, Amelia, Daniel, Luca, Paisley, Aurora & Harvey
Last year, the children decided that it would be good to link our charity work with our Christian Values. This year the children wanted to focus more on communities, as it is a transitional year for the school and they felt that community will be an important theme.
Through a discussion and then a vote, the school council decided that this year they will be supporting:
Cancer can affect as many as 1 in 2 people in their lifetime, therefore cancer is an issue not far from any of our lives. The School Council decided that to support Cancer Research shows that we care for our community.
The School Council felt that they would also like to support a charity who's cause focused on a community which doesn't have its own voice. They were particularly concerned about testing on animals, and researched charities which would aid this particular issue. The Humane Society are concerned with protecting animals from harm, including preventing testing on animals.