Who is the School Council?
Our school council consists of class representatives who are elected every term to represent their peers.
Two of the representatives have particular roles – these roles are Secretary and Treasurer.
How are the reps nominated?
Pupils are nominated and their names are put forward in each class.
The rest of the pupils then vote anonymously. This process happens termly. The School Council elect and vote for a Secretary and a Treasurer.
Our ideas and discussions
We have discussed ways to improve our year areas and further learning opportunities.
Our ideas include more equipment for break times, DVDs for indoor breaks, a wider selection of fiction books and more trips and visits.
The School Council have shared their views about the school; we have discussed enjoyment, aspects of learning, lessons and additional activities.
We are in the process of purchasing a range of break time equipment, such as play balls and footballs. We have allocated 20% of our budget for this equipment. We aim to purchase a range of fiction books and DVDs.
During the last few academic years, the School Council have organised various charity events and school events.
These have included: The Bishop of St Albans’ Harvest Appeal, Red Nose Day, ‘Gunge The Teacher’ for Comic Relief and designing the courtyard areas.
Members of Year 6 are appointed to carry out duties within the school.
Prefects aid in the running of the canteen, show visitors around the school and support younger pupils.
Our Head Boy & Girl are elected every year. They have extra responsibilities including representing the pupil body to the Governors at annual meetings. The report they presented in July 2016 is below.
Head Boy and Head Girl report on 2015-16
Throughout the year, we have had the great opportunity and fantastic experience of being Head Boy and Head Girl.
We were extremely pleased and proud to be asked to do these roles and to carry out the different tasks. We feel very mature wearing our Head Boy and Head Girl badges and we were both very surprised to be voted by all of the staff!
We have developed our leadership and communication skills, by being good role models and organising each group of prefects to complete their tasks. We both have the skills to give clear instructions to the new group of prefects – this can be a challenge, as we have a new group to train each term. We feel that we have supported the prefects, especially if they are struggling or unsure of what to do. We think that we have made the prefects feel more confident about their role.
We are always delighted to take visitors on a tour around our amazing school. We especially enjoy showing new pupils and their families around, as they are always very interested to find out about the school. We relish the opportunities to show other visitors around, such as governors and teachers from other schools. It is great to ‘show-off’ our school – our ethos, friendliness and facilities.
Thomas Coram has given us both many opportunities, including helping with worship and church services and being ambassadors for the school. We felt very proud to open the Charter Day service. We have also represented the school in tournaments and district sporting events.
Thomas Coram is a brilliant school. We will remember this amazing experience and we will miss the phenomenal teachers. Finally, on behalf of all the Year 6 pupils, we would like to say a huge thank you for three unforgettable years.
Florence and Joe
The Eco Council consists of 11 class representatives.
Children nominate themselves and their peers vote anonymously to pick a rep.
The reps are re-elected every term.
The Eco Council’s aim is to make The Thomas Coram Church of England School more sustainable by reducing its energy use and increasing the amount of recycling carried out. Each classroom has battery and paper recycling points. Each cloakroom contains a plastic bottle recycling box.
We currently hold the Bronze Award from EcoSchools and are working towards the Silver Award.
We are trying to encourage the local community to send us their old batteries for recycling. We have an agreement with www.batteryback.org to responsibly recycle any batteries we collect.
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