Pupil Voice

School Council Representatives 2018/19.

Our School Council consists of pupils of various ages across the school, who have been nominated by their fellow peers.

The aim of the school council is to give the children of the Abbey School a voice and representatives of their opinions. One of the governments important initiatives is Every Child Matters and through the School Council, we are able to put this message into practice.

The School Council has many aims. Its first priority is to the children and how we can make our school a safer and happier place. This is achieved through meetings, where we discuss this question and then carry out questionnaires and surveys. We put this information into a report and relay it the school governors.

The School Council is a thoroughly rewarding and exciting experience for the children of the Abbey school. Although it requires commitment and hard work, it also allows the children to meet people from different walks of life, share experiences with new friends and learn life skills and values.

It is a really enjoyable opportunity and it truely represents The Abbey School ethos: Working Together With Our Friends, Family and Parish.

We would like to congratulate our new school councillors for taking on their new roles. They will hold regular meetings with Mrs Small and Mrs Howard throughout the year to share new ideas and help make decisions about the Abbey school. We know they will respresent our school well.

Our Current Council Say...

There are twelve members on the School Council who have been chosen by their peers.

We are all excited about our new roles within school and are going to try our best to make our school even better! We have some great ideas that we are going to share with the rest of the school and the teachers. Our aim is to listen to what other children would like to improve. The Chair will then share these ideas with Ms Tallon. Throughout the year we also plan to fund raise for different charities.

If you have any ideas about how we could work together to improve our school, please see your School Councillor.

We hope by the end of the year we will have made a positive impact on our school and community.

October 2017

School Council Aims

  • For all children to take an active role in the life of the school.
  • Be involved, where appropriate, in some of the decision-making that takes place in the school.
  • To learn to solve problems fairly.
  • For the council to be a forum for pupils and the Headteacher/Deputy Head to take part in discussions on various topics raised in the school.
  • For children to learn how to talk about things that affect them.
  • For children to take responsibility and help improve behaviour.
  • To become better listeners.
  • To help improve the school environment.
  • For pupils to learn appropriate skills in arranging, running and recording meetings (present agenda, Chair/Vice Chair to run meeting, Secretary to record the minutes of the meeting, Chair/Vice Chair to report back to pupils as appropriate).

Further reading: General Principals for the School Council (pdf)

Dragon's Den Presentation

The following article has been written by the Sutton Observer following the School Council 'Dragons Den' presentation. We are very proud of our children and the impression that they made on our visitors. Thank you children.

And thank you to the different organisations named below who offered time and resources that will help to make the children's plans a reality. Hopefully we will have an 'Outdoor Classroom' by the summer.

Children at Abbey Catholic Primary School presented a 'Dragons Den' event to prominent members of their local community on Tuesday 18th January in a bid to obtain funding for an Outdoor Classroom. Children from the proactive School Council professionally presented their bid which included plans to provide covered seating areas, a wildlife area and a sensory garden in the grounds of the Erdington School.

Peter Chester, Barbara Adams, Pam Rayment and Bernadette Sweeney represented G F Tomlinson's, and offered to project manage the construction of the garden. Local Councillors Robert Beauchamp and Robert Alden representing the Erdington Ward, generously donated funding for part of the project. West Midlands Police were represented by Sgt. Neil Lloyd with PCSO Sue Haskins and promised to enlist the support of the local Police Force, Fire Service and Territorial Army as part of the workforce. Also present were Jenny Harris from the Yenton McDonald's who kindly donated meal vouchers.

"The experience has been a unique opportunity for our children to develop important life skills of communication and working alongside local businesses," said Mr. Kirke, the Deputy Head.

"We are hoping that parents, teachers and the children will be involved 'in the build' so that they have a true sense of ownership and accomplishment when the project is completed" said Peter Chester, Contracts Manager for Tomlinson's.

'Dragons Den' presentation.
The outdoor classroom.

Lyndhurst Estate Learning Walk

School Council are working closely with Birmingham City Council, contractors, planners and police to help improve the local area for the future. School Council took a walk around the local area and shared their ideas on how to make Erdington a lovely place to live today AND tomorrow.

The Lyndhurst Estate.
Examining the plans.

Working with community support.
Learning more about the estate.

Gathering information.
Meeting press, builders and contractors.