A school council is now in action at Fairhaven. Keep in touch with their progress on this page.
Scroll down to find the links to the who's who of the school council
and to read the minutes of our meetings and see what we have been doing.
The Fairhaven School Council
What is the School Council?
The school council works to make improvements to the school and the way we do things at Fairhaven. We look around for things that could be better and discuss what to do. Everyone gets a chance to speak and when we’ve finished we vote on the best ideas and then start working on changing things. Sometimes we have to talk to Mr Rowe and Mrs Allan or other teachers and sometimes we have to make phone calls to people outside of the school.
Who are the School Councillors?
Every year we run an election campaign to vote for two new representatives for each class. A good representative will speak at the council meetings about things that their class is interested in. They will also tell their class about what is going on in the council meetings and put the minutes up in the classroom.
The minutes are the notes that we take at the meetings; they explain what we said and what will happen next. If your class representative was at the meeting their name will be present. If they explained to Mr Rowe or Mrs Allan that they couldn't come their name will be in the apologies and if they just didn’t turn up their names will be in absent.
We try to be very professional in the council so we use a lot of business words. Hopefully this will help.
Agenda - a list of things to talk about
Councillor - someone who has been voted for to work for their class mates on the school council
Minutes - the notes taken during a meeting so people can see what goes on
Motion - an idea for the council to discuss
What School Council Representatives Have To Do
The things you’ll be expected to do are ...
· Speak on behalf of the rest of your class
· Make important decisions about all sorts of things
· Attend regular meetings and give up your own time to do project work
· Take everyone’s comments seriously
· Make sure the minutes are displayed in your class
· Report back to your class all of the decisions that the council makes
The Perfect Schools Council Representative
The kind of person you need to be is ...
· Approachable; that is someone that other people feel comfortable coming up and talking to.
· Cheerful and enthusiastic
· Get along well with people
· Have good concentration
· Be a good listener (look at the person who’s talking)
· Be a good explainer
· Respect other people’s ideas ~ be open minded
· Confident ~ don’t be shy
· Don’t think about yourself and what you want ~ you’re there to speak for everyone