School Council - the Pupils' voice
St Lawrence has a long tradition of maintaining an elected School Council to enable pupils to have a voice and to understand that their opinions count.
The council acts as a channel for communication between pupils and teachers, senior management and governors. It helps to strengthen the sense of community in school by encouraging pupils and teachers to work in partnership towards shared goals.
School councillors are elected each year in September and they serve on the school council for the whole year. Each class votes in one boy and one girl representative, giving a total of twenty-four members. Year 3 children are voted in after the Autumn half-term break when the children have had the opportunity to get to know their peers. Within the school council we have a ‘Chair’, ‘Vice Chair’ and ‘Clerk’. The Year 6 elected representatives each take a turn in one of the lead roles for a term.
The Council meets every fortnight to discuss any ideas or issues that have been raised. The School Council has initiated lots of ideas that benefit the whole school such as the Play Zone, the chicken keeping project and the introduction of a "Top Table" at lunch time. They also organise and hold events to raise money for school improvement projects and for the charities we support. They are currently working on fundraising ideas to provide more ‘wet play’ games and activities for each year group.