Sutton Valence Primary School,
North St, Maidstone, Kent ME17 3HT
Our mission is to ensure we all participate in the constant quest of knowledge, learning and adventure so that each individual can build upon their core strengths to aspire to make a real difference.
Our school encourages pupils to have a real say in issues that affect them and to know that their opinions count. Our School Council consists of two pupils from Years 2 through to 5, and these pupils are elected by their peers to represent them and their views.
Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) states that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives. Our School Council was set up to offer this; a meaningful and consistent initiative through which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views considered in decisions which impact them. A School Council that is nurtured and supported can help to improve many general aspects of school life, and furthermore provides pupils with active participation, leadership, and development opportunities. We hope to inspire our pupils and teach them about democracy, local and global citizenship, and accountability.
Pupils elected as members of the 2019/2020 School Council are:
Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Ellie Mackelden Mathilda Hopes Ruben Almeida Oliver Hargittai Valero Ryan Field
Milenna Hickford Leo Harling-Brown Jennifer Ardill Abigail Duarte Isaac Whiting
Our very first meeting took place in late October with Miss Terry present, during which we discussed our roles and responsibilities, and what it really means to be a member of the School Council and a representative of our respective peers.
We are the pupil voice!
Throughout the current academic year we are going to be holding regular meetings to discuss and sort out problems which may include:
During our first meeting we discussed the behaviour credit system, and anti-bullying week. We have already suggested some changes to the Behaviour Credit system which is currently with school staff members for review and will be fed back to our year groups shortly.
We also talked about Children In Need and what we could do on Friday 15th November in school to raise as much money as possible for this fantastic cause. We decided to:
All pupils in the school can participate in the above for a donation of £1 to Children In Need. School Council members will be responsible for collecting the money from the classrooms on the day. There will also be a Pudsey cake sale in the playground after school with Mrs Cooper's delicious cakes on sale to parents, carers and families.