At Langstone Junior Academy, we believe that our School Council is an important and useful way for us to provide leadership and development opportunities for our pupils. As a member, you have the voice to propose and take forward initiatives and projects on behalf of your peers, and be involved in strategic planning and processes such as the School Development Plan, governing body meetings and staff appointments.
We believe our School Council encapsulates the fundamentals of British Values. Using a democratic system, our members begin as one of many candidates nominated by their peers, followed by a week long election process where candidates can promote themselves using a range of strategies. In the end, we try to mimic our British system by holding a whole-school vote using polling stations.
Once elected, our meetings aim to develop and empower our members to be positive role models of mutual respect, rule of law and individual liberty by empowering them with a voice. With that voice, our members have the opportunity and responsibility to inspire our pupils to be good and valued citizens within school and the local community.
School Council meetings will be held every other Wednesday in 5NB with Mr Bosnic and Mrs Geall from 3.30pm – 4.15pm.
What we’ve been up to in Autumn
Democratic vote for School Councillors
Congratulations to our new members! The vote for School Councillors was a huge success with all the children at Langstone voting just like our British democratic system. As a community, our children were responsible for voting for members that would represent the school with pride whilst also bringing a creative outlook to improving Langstone even further. In addition, our pupils were able to exercise their individual liberty by opting out on voting.
Lord Mayor’s Visit
Our school council were offered the exciting opportunity of meeting our Lord Mayor. Some of our school council members prepared well thought out questions directed to the Lord Mayor at the Guildhall whilst also having the opportunity to tour the Lord Mayor’s Parlour and then enjoy afternoon tea.
We got ourselves in a ‘sticky’ situation
With many thanks to the donation from a parent, our Councillors decided to use our funds to purchase a vivarium to house our new school pets: A family of stick insects! Each class has the opportunity to care for these wonderful creatures for two weeks whilst also being able to learn about their living habits and respecting the environment in which they need to live in.
Christmas Tree Festival at St Cuthbert’s Church
We were given an opportunity to take the School Council to our local church St Cuthbert’s to view the decorated trees that were entered for the Christmas Tree Festival. Langstone Junior Academy have dressed a tree for the past 10 years. The theme chosen for this year was, “Kindness & Caring are for Life not Just for Christmas!” Every child in school wrote a festive message on a Christmas tag that was hung on our tree.
Firstly, a huge thank you to Beals for sponsoring our raffle and donating a very generous first prize. We managed to raise a fantastic sum of £316.72 which will be divided between our two main charities: Brain Tumour Research and Enable Ability, and our school.
Christmas Jumper Day
Well done to our Councillors for promoting a successful Christmas Jumper Day fundraiser whilst also spreading awareness of the hardship that children still face and the positive impact we can have to these children all around the world.