Our children are the most important people in the school and therefore Pupil Voice is an essential aspect of school life. We want our children to know that we value their opinions and hope that they feel heard and understood. Here are the wide range of ways that children at Chaloner can get involved in school leadership:
Our School Council raises awareness of the democratic society that we live in and the British Values that we promote. Two children from each class are elected to be Ambassadors who represent the views of their peers at meetings and feed back any relevant information to the rest of the class. Meetings take place on a regular basis and are guided by Mr Bailey and Mrs Parker. The aims are to involve the children in driving school improvement and provide a forum for them to discuss their ideas related to any aspect of school life.
The Class Ambassadors also represent the school at our regional School Council Meetings
Led by Miss Limbert, our Digital Leaders help to raise awareness of online safety and are easily recognisable by their unique badges (designed by themselves!)
Digital Leaders promise to:
- promote the use of technology across the school;
- provide help to teachers and peers when needed, and
- be advocates for online safety at school.
Following a training programme at the 'Inspire to Learn' Centre in February, Chaloner was proud to appoint four Year 5 Science Ambassadors. As well as having an active role in the delivery of Science within our own classroom, each half term the Science Ambassadors:
- Meet weekly with Mrs Martin (school governor) to plan a range of fun, practical investigations.
- Plan and trial investigations that they can deliver to both key stage 1 and 2.
- Raise the profile of- and promote a love of- Science within the school.
Each half-term, eight children from Year 5 and 6 volunteer to become Chaloner Prefects. They are presented with a blue school jumper in our Celebration Assembly, which they wear with pride during their time as a prefect. The colour of their jumper helps them to be spotted immediately by their peers, teachers and visitors to school.
Being a prefect is a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to demonstrate their leadership skills and for them to become role models for younger children. Prefects are dedicated to making our school an even better place to be, and give up some of their own playtimes to monitor and support positive behaviour.
Health and Safety Leaders
Our H&S Leaders are responsible for safety in school. They wear high viz jackets at playtimes and make sure children are safe in and outside school. They meet regularly with Mrs Pugh to celebrate safe play and share any concerns they may have.
The H&S Leaders are responsible for:
- Checking children are moving around the building safely during playtimes.
- Checking that play equipment is being used safely.
- Letting an adult know about broken play equipment,
- Checking children are always sitting whilst eating outside.
- Making sure an adult knows if they are concerned something isn't safe.
At the start of every academic year, children in Year 6 are given the opportunity to become a House Captain or Vice Captain for their house. They prepare a short presentation outlining their skills, qualities and intentions for the rest of their house, who then take part in a secret vote.
House Captains and Vice Captains are expected to be positive role models to younger children, to embody the values and ethos of the school and to contribute to the wider community. They play a pivotal role in special events such as Sports Day and other inter-house competitions and offer congratulations to fellow House members as they receive ‘star tokens’ during our weekly celebration assembly. One of their most important jobs is helping the rest of their House decide what to do for their reward if they are fortunate enough to win the half-termly House token competition!