The principal aim of the School Council is to enable pupils to be involved in the way the school is run. The members of Harrison's School Council members are Rights, Respect and Responsibility ambassadors. This means that the School Council work to make sure that our children and teachers are responsible global citizens, to ensure that there is a strong pupil voice in all decisions which affect the pupils within the school. As RRR ambassadors, our children often share our RRR journey and its impact with visitors to the school ranging from UNICEF representatives to teaching staff from other schools.
School Council are a powerful force in promoting positive change within the school, locally, nationally and globally. The children realise that as a group they can make a huge difference. Our members always make decisions responsibly and treat each other with the upmost respect when sharing opinions and ideas.
The School Council provides a great means for dialogue between the school management and the pupils. Pupils have the opportunity to influence decisions and bring their views to teachers and staff.
Harrison School Council has 36 representatives who were voted onto the Council by their classmates. There are two members from each class from Year 1 to Year 6. Each member remains on the Council for an academic year. By attending regular meetings and reporting back to their classes, council members promote whole school discussion concerning issues at all levels.
There are many positive benefits of the school council, some of which are:
- improving the pupils voice
- enhancing sense of belonging and worth
- promotiong a sense of ownership
- helping to embed the RRR programme.
School Council requested a Harrison Rights Competition to create a set of Harrison Rights. The Children felt that Rights posters around the school would help to visibly reflect our ethos and enhance the physical environment of the school. The members chose the rights most relevant to them at school and set each year group the challenge of creating a posters to reflect the rights chosen. The members voted for a winner from each year group and the posters were reproduced by a graphic designer and can now be seen throughout the school.
School Council realised that one of their responsibilities was to stand up for children's rights globally as well as closer to home. The School Council wanted to sponsor a child so held a 'mufit day' to raise funds. Their request was so successful that we are now sponsoring a boy and girl from Pakistan. School Council will soon be sharing more information from World Vision about our sponsor children with their classes shortly.