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Please take a moment to read about us
The Role of Class and Pupil Council
At class council meetings, we share and discuss ideas for ways to improve our school. The class council rep records ideas in our class council files ready to share at the next Pupil Council meeting. Class council meetings are held regularly.
Pupil Council meets at least every month to discuss the ideas from classes, decide on the most effective ways to change and improve the school and then talk to the people who can help to make it happen. Pupil Council regularly shares news and information about new initiatives and the important things which are achieved. Together we can help St Joseph’s Primary School to continue to grow and improve.
St Joseph’s Pupil Council Constitution
Pupil Council needs a constitution because it will
• Provide everyone with a clear statement of purpose
• Set out the rules and procedures to make sure Pupil Council runs effectively and successfully
• Provide clear guidelines for anyone joining pupil council
St Joseph’s Pupil Council
1. To allow the children at St Joseph’s Primary School to have a voice
2. To help the school and community be a better place
Pupil council will be made up of representatives from P4-P7. Additional pupils will be appointed to represent Nursery and P1 –P3 classes. Each class will elect one representative who attends meetings and gives feedback. Each class will also elect a vice representative who will attend meetings and feedback in the main representative’s absence. Having been a member of Pupil Council for one year, children will then be unable to represent their class in the following year to allow a wider range of pupils to take part.
Elections will be run each August or September. Any class member is entitled to run for Pupil Council and the decision in each class will be made by a secret ballot. Children wishing to be considered for Pupil Council will need to give a presentation to their class giving clear reasons and examples of why they are the most suitable candidate for the job.
Once elected on to Pupil Council as board members, senior pupils may be appointed to specific job roles within the organisation.
These are as follows: • Chairperson • Vice Chairperson • Secretary
Leaving Pupil Council
Should a member of Pupil Council wish to resign from their post they must write a letter to the Chair Person giving reasons for their decision. Once a member has resigned they will not be permitted to reapply for Pupil Council in the future, unless there are circumstances considered to be exceptional by the Council (e.g. serious illness). In these circumstances, the reserve representative from the class will become the main representative and a new reserve must be elected as soon as possible. Pupil Council members may be asked to step down from their position if they repeatedly break Pupil Council rules. Pupils asked to leave Pupil Council will not be permitted to reapply for a position in the future.
The Pupil Council Rules are as follows:
All Pupil Council members must:
• be respectful and listen to others
• contribute or participate actively in meetings
• follow the school rules and be role models to other pupils
• model good behaviour at all times
• be polite and courteous to others Meetings
Pupil Council will meet at least once a month.
These meetings will usually last a minimum of 30 minutes. Should additional meetings be required, these will be called as necessary. Class meetings should be held fortnightly to discuss and share ideas and feedback.