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 three to four weeks with Miss Taylor and Mrs Bolton to discuss how we can make things even better at school.
You may have noticed that we have new buddy benches in our playground? The school council worked with the PTFA to raise money to buy these colourful additions to 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! What a wonderful bunch you are!
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 and the school council made it a priority for this academic year (2016-17). 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!
Below you will find some other examples of the impact that the school council have had this academic year...