We want our school to be the kind of school that everyone enjoys coming to, where everyone knows and understands each other. We want it to be a cheerful place, where we look after everyone.
Our School Council elections are an important annual event at Rosherville and there is always a real sense of excitement around them in Term one. We believe that it is important to prepare and support children for voting so that they can choose pupils on merit. At the beginning of the school year in our PSHE lessons we teach children from Year 1 to Year 6:
- What our school council is and why it is important
- What it means to be a representative for their class and school
- What a sub-committee is
- What an election is
- What skills do you need to be an effective member of the school council
- What jobs you might be asked to do if you are a member of the school council
- What skills and attributes do you need to be an effective member of the school council
- Why you would nominate somebody to run in the school council elections
- How they can write their manifestoes
- What nomination forms and ballot papers are
- When and where voting will take place
- How we will ensure no cheating takes place
- How and when the votes will be counted
- When and where the results will be announced
Once the children have been taught all of this information they nominate one child in their class who they believe would represent their constituency well. Once the votes are counted the candidates that are running for election are announced. The candidates have one week to prepare their manifestos. They are asked to prepare a short speech to present to their class with the promises they would make if they were elected. The candidates will have a week to put up posters around the classroom and speak to members of their constituency to try and persuade them to vote for them.
On the morning of the elections, each candidate presents their manifesto to the class to help the voters make their decision about who they would like to vote for. Shortly after the polling station is opened and each child will be able to vote for their female and male representative by completing a ballot paper.
The children enter the polling station to cast their votes. Voting must be done in secret and they should not share who they have voted for. All children post their ballot paper into the ballot box and then the votes are counted at the end of polling day.
We then have a special elections assembly where we reveal the results of the vote and the children find out who their new school council, eco cadet, worship council and play leader representatives are. It is a very exciting day.
We believe it is important that all members of the school council, including sub-committee members, receive training so that they are able to carry out their roles to the best of their ability. In term two all members of the school council receive training in weekly meetings. Training includes:
- School council roles (Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice Chairperson)
- Reporting back to the class
- Writing an agenda
- Taking and keeping minutes
Our current school council representatives are:
|School Class||Representatives Name|
|Donaldson Class||Demi and Damian|
|Dahl Class||Eshaal and Jay|
|Rauf Class||Alexandra and Archie|
|Shakespeare Class||Preya and Nathan|
|Link Teacher||Mrs Roddan|
After the school council meetings, the representatives go back to class and at hold a class council meeting with their class. This is where they feedback on what has been spoken about in their meetings, what actions have been taken, and plans that have been made they also identify issues and listen to their classmate’s ideas to take to the next school council meeting. As well as this, the Chairperson and Secretary from each committee meet with their link teacher to pass on ideas and issues which they use to set the agenda for the next meeting.
At Rosherville CofE Academy, we take great pride in our environment.
Our eco-warriors are chosen each year in class and take the responsibility of enhancing Rosherville to be free from litter and promote a healthy environment, these include initiatives of picking up rubbish and planting around the school.
Trust Student Voice
At Aletheia Academies Trust, we all understand the importance of getting all pupils involved in the direction of the schools and how students can be an instrument to affect positive change in our school communities. Bi-monthly a number of school councils from each school get together to discuss what individual schools have done recently, to plan what they want to achieve in Student Voice for next year and ways to ensure the group is feeding into the Trust to have an impact on the overall development.
To find out more about our Student Voice, please visit the Trust website here.