At Sunnyfields, we strongly promote democracy and encourage every child to develop and express their opinion.
As a school council, we are very interested in becoming partners in our own education and help make positive contributions to the school environment and ethos. As a Rights respecting school, our school council provides a meaningful way in which our opinions, ideas and viewpoints are heard and valued (Article 12 of the UNCRC). It also provides leadership and development opportunities for those in the school council.
The School Council Representatives
At the start of the school year, children in years 1 to 6 choose their school council representatives so that they can represent their class at school council meetings. This year's school council members are:
Year 1 - Victoria and Suliman
Year 2 - Amel and David
Year 3 - Rose, Ronia and Mehran
Year 4 - Isra and Maher
Year 5 - Sabrine, Louise and Abelson
Year 6 - Aziza and Jaiden
Over the years, the school council have successfully organised themed days, led assemblies and circle time activities, had a positive impact on school policies and hosted a whole range of exciting and worthwhile fundraisers. Last year, the school council helped with raising awareness about food poverty and we collected food for the 'Colindale Foodbank'. During the lockdown of January 2021, we organised a 'Draw with Rob' afternoon, designed home learning certificates to raise motivation and inspire positive learning and led a circle time with a focus on 'Antibullying'. The ideas and suggestions from the circle time were used in creating an 'Antibullying charter' which is displayed around school.
This year. we have led assemblies on the School charter and on Recycling. We have also set up a 'School council Suggestion box' where suggestions for improvements or ideas can be placed. These are then discussed, often at length, at our School Council meetings. Sometimes we feel able to make sensible decisions right there and then, and our reps will feedback to their respective classes. The pupil suggestion box has proved to be a very powerful tool and one that is used with great enthusiasm. Below are some of the suggestions that have been implemented:
- Halloween Disco
- Creation of 'Sunny Room'
- Suggestions for Art, Cooking and other sports clubs
We look forward to reading more suggestions and ideas so as to work towards a common goal of becoming more responsible and play a positive role in our local and wider community.