Our School Councils represent the views of all our pupils. They give children the opportunity to make their voices heard and feel part of the whole school community.
It is composed of representatives from all classes.
If you want to become a School Council member you have to present a manifesto to the rest of the class. This will tell the class why they should vote for you! After the voting is over there is one representative from each class, except year 6 where there are two representatives from each class.
The school council held a bun and fruit sale on 11th Nov 2022 to raise money for new playground equipment.
We raised an amazing £215. Our next meeting will be to gather class views on the equipment they would like and then have a look through some catalogues to buy some exciting new things to play with. Thank you all for your contributions.
What does the School Council do?
The School Council meets regularly. Everyone in school is informed as the meeting minutes are read out. A proper agenda is written before each meeting by one of the School Council members.
What does it do when it meets?
The School Council discuss matters brought up by members of each class. They also put forward ideas which they feel will improve the school. They vote for ideas which they feel should be carried forward. Sometimes ideas may be turned down by the Head teacher, for example if the school couldn't afford it, or if there were too many non uniform days or bun sales!!!
LATEST SCHOOL COUNCIL NEWS
The school council have rewritten our child friendly anti-bullying policy. The council have met to discuss what needs to be included in the policy and how they want it presented. The children came up with some excellent ideas and had a good discussion around the wording of it and the best symbols to use.
Members: (not in any particular order)
Ellie, Francesca, Naomi, Izzy, Samuel, Simran, Saachi, George, Zac & Yesha.
Equality Council statement of principles
The Equality Council gathered ideas and suggestions from all KS2 classes and chose their favourite statements to form this Equality Council Mission Statement below:
At Wigton Moor:-
Treat each other how you want to be treated
We respect everyone
Everyone is special in their own way
We listen to everyone’s ideas.
It doesn’t matter which religion or belief we should all be treated equally.
Alone we are one piece, together we are a jigsaw; let’s make sure we don’t snap.
Summary of Activity and Achievements
How are members chosen?
Members of the Equality Council volunteer, and if there are more than two volunteers there is a class vote. A democratic process occurs in KS2 classes to select one member per class. Members in Year 5 remain on the Council when they move into year 6 to act as role models to new members. Two further council members are voted on in Year 6. A Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary are voted in each year within the council. As this year there are extra Year 6 members, it was decided to add Vice Secretary and Vice Treasurer.
What is the purpose of the Equality Council?
The Equality Council helps to encourage everyone to appreciate our similarities and differences and to stand up against discrimination of any kind. Members will step in if there are any problems, with support from other members of the Council and staff.
The Council also organizes and take part in events to raise awareness of equality or against discrimination and to prevent possible ‘hate’ incidents against a range of groups such as those with disabilities, religion, heritage, homophobia or gender discrimination. The Equality Council uphold the values of the Equality Act 2010.
What events have the Equality Council been involved in?
The Equality Council continues take a lead on inclusion across the school.
During Black History Month The Equality Council led an assembly to launch the anti-racist campaign to ‘Show racism the Red Card’ and built support and understanding leading an assembly. They posted this message on giant red cards around the school and spent the day promoting equality, fairness and a stand against racism. Pupils wore something red to show their support for the campaign. The council also collected titles of books from their classmates that they felt 'represented them'. In order to ensure our library was representative of all our pupils, this list was handed to Reading Ambassadors and purchased for the library.
The Council consider any ‘hate’ incidents that have happened in school or incidents of ignorance that lead to problems and discuss what they can do to help avoid these in future. The council have previously chosen to write a letter to a pupil who had used racist language.
Equality Governor, Nadine Bleasby, met the Equality Council earlier in the year and they answered questions about their role and how well school deals with discrimination. Miss Bleasby was very impressed by how highly members spoke about the school and how well they answered questions!
The Equality Council finished the year by running a survey to check their activities make a difference. Responses were presented in assembly by members. Children in school felt that Equality Council Assemblies and the wear red against racism days or 'Show Racism the Red Card' events had the most impact.
The colour of the badge of the Equality Council is red, originally linked to the "Show Racism The Red Card" campaign. The Equality Council, however, stands against all forms of discrimination.
Green Council 2022-23
Members (not in any particular order)
Suleiman, Lydia, Yusuf, Arlo, Jasmine, Koshani, Martin, Ziyaad, Shana and William.
What is the aim of the Green Council?
The aim of Green Council is to try and make the school as environmentally friendly and as healthy as we can. Green Council are responsible for checking that lights have been switched off in classrooms, screens are not left on when not being used and that the correct bins are being used and paper is being recycled. We also try to help our local wildlife with the help of Garden Club which was started by Green council members last year. In 2019 we gained the bronze level Woodland Trust Green Tree Schools Award. We are now taking part in the RSPB Wild Challenge and achieved Bronze level in July 2022. For more information on Green council's work for wildlife, please see the Wigton Moor Wildlife Project page by clicking on the leaf below.