“A good school council is one that represents the views of all students and gets things done.” – School Councils UK
Overview of the last academic year: 2018-2019
At Hartley Academy we have an enthusiastic School Council who strive to listen to and respond to the Pupil’s voice. During the meetings School Councillors feedback feelings from their classes about what can be done to improve the school and how. At the start of the Academic year each class nominates a representative who then meets regularly with the School Council teacher. There are 2 children from each of the year groups 1-5 and we have 4 members from Year 6. We ask the previous Year 5 children to stay on for a second year in Year 6, in order to provide continuity with ideas and decisions that are being made. The School Councillors take their responsibilities very seriously and take great pride in seeing the achievements they make. They are responsible for considering fundraising for charities and budgeting for resources for their school too. We meet at least twice a term.
Last Year our School Council supported the outside charities Children in Need and Sport Relief and held a collection for the homeless shelter in Gravesend. These events were a huge success and the generosity and hard work from our students and parents will have made a huge difference to many lives.
Within school we help at the Christmas and Summer Fair. The money we raised for the school was used to purchase extra playground equipment such as card games, colouring pads and resources, top trumps and ping pong balls to enrich playtime experiences. These were purchased in response to the children’s wish list. We also replaced the outdoor boat on the lower playground, which the School Councillors selected from a selection Mr Goldsmith had recommended. The environment was considered when the boat was chosen and it is made from recyclable plastic.