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Junior School Council Rationale

Junior School Council at Northdown Primary School – Our Rationale 

Students have a positive contribution to make within the decision making processes of our school. When students are more actively involved in these processes, they have an enhanced sense of commitment to the school, its students and its programs. Our School Council is an important forum that ensures our students have a strong voice in the community. The School Council is very effective and extremely popular. The growth in self-confidence and leadership abilities demonstrated by councillors is amazing. Being a part of our School Council allows students to act as role models within Northdown and also gives students the opportunity to be proactive, contributing members of the community.


The School Council at Northdown Primary School aims to:

· Provide students with a sense of ownership, pride and achievement

· Develop caring and responsible attitudes within our students

· Provide opportunities for the development of ‘student voice’ within the school

· Provide opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills, team work skills and public speaking skills

· Raise student awareness of social, school, local and global issues

· Support and fundraise for school and community based charities and initiatives/special causes

Our school has an enthusiastic School Council made up of elected representatives from years 2-6.  We meet regularly to discuss issues of importance to the students of our school including:

· Possible changes in the school (such as day to day procedures and processes at the school)

· Fundraising for school and community based charities


What is the process?  


A School Councillors are elected from each Year 2-6 class. The School Prefects also form part of the School Council.  The School Council meets on a fortnightly basis at lunchtimes, under the guidance of our numeracy leader, Harry Featherstone. 


School Councillor’s responsibilities: 


The responsibilities of the School Council include:

· Presenting winners at whole school assemblies

· Planning and organising fundraising events to support school and community based charities

· Consulting with students in own classrooms and reporting school based concerns to the SC coordinators

· Reporting back to their grades after a meeting has taken place

· Making recommendations on aspects of school life and charity events our school can support

· Present updates and issues raised within meetings at whole school assemblies