Info on this page:
- School Council Home
- Speaker's Award
- City Youth Council
- Minutes from meetings
- Other news and events
Hello and welcome to our School Council page! Our School Council is made up of two pupils from each class from Year 2 to Year 6. This panel of children has been chosen by the classes themselves in line with our democratic ethos. We hope you enjoy reading about all the wonderful things we have been doing.
Meet the SC reps:
Birch: Ruby R and Levi G
Hazel: Elisha D and Michael S
Cherry: Eboni G and Isaac B-M
Apple: Libbey G and Jake B
Oak: James S and Casper M
Maple: Tzeitel and Kyra
Dragonflies: Freddie C and Lilly M
Butterflies: William and Dulcie
City Youth Council
Mrs Price recently took 4 of our School Council reps to the last of the City Youth Council meetings this year. The main focus this time was supporting the aged and plastic pollution, with visitors from Dementia Friendly City and the National Marine Aquarium. Click here to read more!
The Speaker's Award
This year, Mrs Kennedy would like our School Council to enter The Speaker's Award competition. This is a competition where School Councils across the country can shout about the improvements made to their school and local community as a direct result of their actions. Click here to go to the Speaker's Award homepage to find out more.
Winners of the Speaker's Award will receive a winner's certificate and web badge for the school website, as well as an invitation to the awards day in Parliament that will include a tour of the palace of Westminster, and an awards ceremony in the Speaker's Apartments, where they will be presented with a winner's trophy by the Speaker of the House of Commons.
In keeping with our firm belief in the 5 British Values, we have tried to ensure that our endeavours towards this award are democratic and respectful to all. We started the process with inviting the whole school to approach the School Council with any ideas they had for a project e.g. improving links with community, greener spaces, recycling, road safety etc. The Council then collated all ideas and we voted on those most achievable and relevant to our school and local area. These were whittled down to:
1. Team Ant across the school
2. Improving sportsmanship
3. Road safety
4. Litter picking
And this is what each project's manifesto consisted of: click here.
The School Council then got together in the above 4 groups and produced a video for the rest of the school, explaining why they should vote for their project (click each project to be taken to their video). Each class conducted a vote and sent their results to Mrs Gallacher.
Votes were collated on Friday 19th January and the project with the most votes is:
The Council have already begun to put things into place in order to deliver what was promised and what the school voted for. We are very excited about what the future holds and look forward to improving sporting experiences for the pupils at Laira Green.
City Youth Council
This year, Year 6 School Council reps at Laira Green have taken part in something called the City Youth Council. This entails attending 3 meetings a year with School Councils from all across Plymouth and from a variety of different settings, including Secondary schools. Not only do we get to meet in the official Council Chambers in the City Centre (and get a free lunch!) but it's also a great opportunity to liaise with other councils, share ideas and put our heads together on huge, city wide projects.
Click here to read the minutes from September's meeting.
January minutes coming soon.
Children in Need
In November, the School Council organised fundraising for the very worthy Children in Need charity. After brainstorming ideas, children agreed on the following activities: selling official merchandise, a collection tin for the old 'round pound', spotty mufti and a Pudsey bear cookie sale. Posters went up in advance around the school and School Council reps gave up their own time to decorate and sell cookies and merchandise. The fundraising week was a resounding success and we raised a whopping £550! A big thank you to parents, children and staff for fully supporting this crucial and life-changing charity.
Click on one of the links below to read about our latest meeting. Meetings are held fortnightly on a Monday lunchtime.