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Greensted Junior School

School Parliament

Greensted’s Marvellous School Parliament

The members of the School Parliament work tirelessly to improve all aspects of school life for the children of Greensted Junior School.

Greensted Junior School Council has evolved into a School Parliament. Here a group of pupils are elected by their peers to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school and surrounding environment.

 The School Parliament meets, once every half-term, to discuss and sort out any issues. These may include:

  • School lunches (suggestions for the school menu/ different ways food can be served or packaged)

  • Behaviour (ideas for reward trips/ Golden Time ideas)

  • Ideas for fundraising events (discussing which charities or good causes to support and raise funds for)

Members of the School Parliament will be responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been agreed, such as:

  • What to spend fund raising money on

  • Improving Reward Time across the school

  • Planning new playground activities.

Look out for notification of forthcoming events on the school  newsletter and/or website.

Being a school parliamentarian is a really responsible job and as Greensted Junior School Parliament is evolving to be a very effective one and it means that every child learns a lot from taking part.

Our School

We want our school to be the kind of school that everyone enjoys coming to, where everyone knows and understands each other.

We want it to be a cheerful place, where we look after everyone.

We want it to be a safe place where children can be trusted to be sensible, because everyone follows the class and school rules and expectations and lives by our school values.

We want everyone to be honest, have good manners and to treat people and possessions with respect.

We want to be proud of our work and try our best every day, so we do well with our learning and are the best that we can be.

We will keep going when things are challenging and listen carefully to each other.

We want to find out interesting and useful things about the world.

If everyone can do this we will remember the great time we had at Greensted, with our friends, for the rest of our lives. 

What is our School Parliament for?

The School Parliament is about:

  • Working and learning together

  • Learning about democracy

  • Learning how to play a positive role model in our community

  • Improving our school for everyone

 The School Parliament’s job is to involve everyone, not do everything.

Everybody needs to help by:

  •  Finding things that they would like to change

  •  Finding ways to make things better

  •  Putting their ideas into actions

 How does our Class Parliament work?

  •  Each class will elect a School Parliament member

  •  Our Class Parliament will have a meeting every Half-Term

  •  The class decide what they are going to talk about the day before the meeting so that everybody has time to think

  •  A different person runs the meeting each time, with help from their teacher if it is needed

  • A different person takes notes each time, with help from their teacher if it is needed

  • The School Parliament Member from each class and one other person from the class will go to the School Parliament meeting every half term to put across the classes view. 

What will the School Parliament do for our class?

When the Class Parliament share ideas with class representative they will:

  •   Take it to the next School Parliament meeting to discuss
  •   Tell you what is happening with your idea

 The School Parliament will try to make your idea happen by getting:

  •  Permission

  •  Money

  •  Support

  •  Time

If they cannot make the idea happen there will be clear reasons why this cannot happen.

If they can make your idea happen they will need your help to make it happen.

 What will staff do for the School Parliament?

  •  Make sure meetings happen when they are supposed to

  •  Support pupils to run meetings

 Staff role in Class Parliament Meetings

  • Ensure that there is time given for meetings

  •  Initially model chairing a meeting

  •  Support class discussions