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very proud of my DS!

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wohmum · 23/09/2007 21:39

my fairly quiet ds has just been voted onto the school council!!

He's one of those kids that rarely speaks up in class and lacks a bit of confidence. Has a small group of friends but not one of the popular boys IYKNWM.

he came home for school last week chuffed to bits ( and a bit scared) because he'd been voted onto the school council by his class!

I'm so, so proud of him - but what does it mean for him - does anyon eknow what they have to do on the council? he's got 'training' this week so I guess I'll find out a bit more. anyone else got dc's doing this?

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Hulababy · 23/09/2007 21:40

Ah, how lovely for your DS! Well done to him.

MaryBleedinPoppins · 23/09/2007 21:40

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bozza · 23/09/2007 21:41

DS was voted on this time as well. I was quietly please and a little surprised. I still haven't confessed that he has lost his "school council" badge, mind you.

TheApprentice · 23/09/2007 21:42

Congratulations to your ds!

As far as
I know being on the school council involves attending regular meetings with other representatives and a member of staff, and the idea is to bring to the attention of the council any suggestions/ideas etc from the rest of the class.

Often stuff about school dinners/playtimes etc. Sometimes they are given specific questions to ask the rest of the class, and they then give feed back at a later meeting.

Please forgive bad typing, am enjoying glass of red wine at the mo!

Ulysees · 23/09/2007 21:44

well done wohmum's ds

I think they're there for support too if kids are being bullied etc.. but I could be wrong?

PondusLector · 23/09/2007 21:45

They will have a meeting once a week and to decide about events etc. Our school council set up bully benches and organised fund raisers last year, also made suggestions about the christmas and leavers party. A teacher will facilitate the meetings, how much your ds does will depend a little bit on if he is one of the older ones on the council. He will tell his class about what went on in the meetings and take their ideas back to the council.

Congratulations to your ds! I'm sure he will have fun.

SlightlyMadSweden · 23/09/2007 21:46

How old is he?

In R being on hte school council seemed to involve picking up litter , and most of the class (that wanted to) were on the school council for short periods at a time. I wasn't aware of any representation at teh meetings at that young age.

In Yr2 it seems to becoming a bit more formal, with as yet an anonymous vote onto teh council. Not sure what that will be followed by as DTD1 narrowly missed out after a tied vote lead to a re-vote...

RustyBear · 23/09/2007 21:48

Our school council has two representatives from each class - they have class councils where they discuss issues that bother them - such as football in the playground, who goes into lunch when, which charity the school will support this term - & the reps then take them to the school council - the deputy head is there, but the year 6 reps chair the meeting & take minutes. The last issue they decided was the names for the new house system.

When we had interviews for the new head, they were also interviewed by the school council, who were very thrilled by the thought that they were helping choose the new head. Of course, it was actually being observed by two of the interview panel, to see how well the candidates interacted with the children. They came up with some very interesting & sensible questions & actually voted for the same candidate who got the job

wohmum · 23/09/2007 21:51

He's 8, so yr 4 in a junior school (yrs 3 -6).
I guess that makes him fairly young , but I hope it'll give him exposure to the older kids as well and a bit more confident around them.

Am also pleased that he was voted on by the class , as I've always worried that he didn't make friends easily, but I guess some of them must like him!

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wohmum · 23/09/2007 21:55

thanks everyone for your coments - sounds like it can be fairly varied , depending on the schoo, but I really like the idea of him taking ideas forward and then having to respond back to the class - should really help his confidence. Maybe I need to stop thinking of him as 'unconfident' and just accept he's up to it and will enjoy it!

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