What is a school council?
A school council is group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school.
Here at Ripponden J and I School, we have an active school council who meet every half term with Mrs Bolton to discuss how we can make things even better at school.
The school council worked with the PTFA to raise money to buy the colourful buddy benches in our playground! They don't just brighten up our playtimes, but also serve a really useful purpose - making sure that everyone has someone to play with. The children of our school wanted to ensure that every single child has a happy playtime and any problems can be sorted out quickly! If anyone is sad or feels lonely they sit on the buddy bench until one of our lovely children help to resolve the issue! Playtimes have never been happier!
The school council also worked alongside the PTFA to design and plan our new playground. The suggestion came from several of our class suggestion boxes. The PTFA worked hard to raise the money to fund the project and the school council helped to select the play equipment and design the layout. It has gone done extremely well with the children in school - lots of happy children at playtimes!
More recently the Council has chosen new, interesting reading books using some extra funding that was allocated to updating our reading resources. The new books are now in circulation and have proved extremely popular.
Now the Council is working with Ms Gilmartin to achieve our next Woodland Award, and with Mr Waddington to achieve a school Eco goal. We aim to wipe out single-use plastic at Ripponden J & I. The staff are leading the way with new recycling procedures in the staffroom!
Here is our latest feedback for suggestions made and actions taken (or not taken)!