School Council is an important part of life here at Bankwood. At the beginning of the year, two children from each class are democratically voted for by their peers to be representatives of the class. Often, for the older children, speeches are given and campaigning happens so that each voter makes a good choice. When the Council are selected, they meet regularly with Mrs Witten to discuss happenings at school, share their thoughts about life at Bankwood and make decisions about the future of the school. They are an important part of the school process and allow us teachers to make informed choices. Please look at the links below which explain current projects run by the School Council.
Before the summer, our school council conducted a happiness survey on our KS2 playground to find out what could be done to make sure children felt happy during break times. The overwhelming response was that the children wanted role models on the playground who could lead games. Many children told us that they often found it easier to talk to children about their problems. The children also wanted some new equipment to play with on the yard.
As a result, the school put new equipment on the yard and each class in Y5 and Y6 elected two ‘playground leaders’. These children have been working with the Healthy Minds team and learning games that they can lead on the yard to make sure that everyone has someone to play with. The playground leaders have been approaching children who are alone and inviting them to play a game.
Aaron in Y5 – “It has been nice helping others and not just thinking about yourself. Seeing other people feeling happier because of something I have done makes me feel good.”
Megan in Y5 – “I like helping other children make friends. It’s nice when they carry on playing together.”
Liam in Y6 – “I enjoyed making people happier by playing games with them.”
The playground leaders then did another survey on the playground and found that 82% of children felt happier since the leaders and new equipment had been introduced. The children are going to continue being such fantastic role models on the playground and they have some new games to try out. A huge well done to our fantastic playground leaders!