School Council

A school council is a representative group of students who have been proposed and elected by their peers to represent their views and raise issues with Senior Leaders of their school.


A School Council can also propose and take forward initiatives and projects on behalf of their peers, and be involved in strategic planning and processes such as the School Improvement Plan, governing body meetings and staff appointments. The object of an effective School council is to help children and young people to:


  • enjoy and feel empowered by their education;
  • feel that their school responds to their needs and views;
  • have the opportunity to let adults know their feelings and opinions about things that affect them;
  • have a say about decisions, and to play an active role in making their school a better place;
  • develop active life skills through participating.
Meeting 9th December 2019
The School Council met to create a Christmas Reading Challenge. 
1. Read a Christmas story to a sibling or younger child.
2. Read to a teddy bear as part of a teddy bears' picnic or just at bedtime.
3. Read a picture book of your choice to 5 different people.
4. Find a place outdoors and read.
5. Read a book under your duvet with a torch.
6. Read in an unusual place.
7. Create a homemade den and snuggle up to read your favourite book.
8. Choose a recipe and follow it.
9. Create a comic or picture to show the Christmas Story.
10. Read five jokes!
Meeting 18th November 2019
The school Council analysed the class questionnaires and found that the children did not visit the library in the village very often.  As a result, they fed back to Mrs Conreen who has organised visits for every class on the 27th and 28th January 2020.
Meeting 7th October 2019
The School Council took a tour of the classrooms to look at the quality of the reading areas.  They loved many of the features of each of the reading areas but felt that they could add a little more sparkle.  With this in mind, the School Council have set a competition between the classes to design a book themed reading area.  All the classes will visit each classroom and then vote for the winning reading area. 
They also distributed the reading questionnaires.
Meeting 30th September 2019
The School Council met to discuss the contents of the reading questionnaire and what information they wanted to find out.  
Meeting 19th September 2019
The School Council met again this week to share the ideas their classmates had with regards to their mission of encouraging all Newchurch Robins to read for pleasure. What a fantastic set of ideas we have to work with! Here are some of their ideas:
  • Developing reading buddies
  • More opportunities to read rhymes and poetry
  • Ask children what their favourite authors are and have books in the book corner for them to share 
  • Setting up a library loan system in the school library (and opening it up at lunchtime)
  • More apps for reading
  • Have more reading picnics
  • If a class get 100% attendance, then they have Holly, our Reading dog, coming into their class.
  • Reading time with middays in the chatty hut
  • Establishing a Book Club
  • Organising for authors to come into school
  • Making books for other classes
  • Enter book competitions
  • Book swap opportunities
Meeting 13th September 2019
The School Council were challenged with finding out how many children in their class liked to read for pleasure and also collecting ideas for events they could organise or changes to reading within the school.