'Democracy is the form of government in which the free are rulers.'
Hillcrest Primary School Council has evolved into a School Parliament. Here a group of pupils, Members of Parliament, (MPs) are elected by their peers to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school.
What are the aims of our School Parliament?
We have 3 aims:-
1. Improve the school
2. Improve the local community
3. Help to achieve the United Nations global goals
This will be achieved by:-
• Working and learning together
• Learning about democracy
• Learning how to play a positive role model in our community
Our MPs are also our House Captains and Vice Captains. From this parliament ‘committees’ have been formed. Our older children thought about the types of committees that would benefit all of the children in our school as well as our community. The School Parliament committees meet every fortnight, in order to work on their termly goals. They are made up of children from across Key Stage Two.
This year’s committees are:-
- Equities (Skittles Club - equalities, diversity & inclusion)
How does our Class Parliament work?
• Each class from Reception to Yr 5 will elect a class member of Parliament.
• Our Class Parliament will have a meeting every term, six times a year.
• 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 Members from each class will go to the School Parliament meeting every term to put across the classes view.
Why do we need a School Parliament?
• To allow the voice of over 400 children to be heard
• To work alongside all the children in a collaborative manner
• To improve the school for everyone
• To be a positive role model who ignites aspiration in themselves and others
• To be an extension to the extra work that all the adults already do
Sharing our views
◦ Yr 6 MPs feed back to the rest of the school in a termly assembly
◦ Each committee has a notice board for information sharing
◦ Each term updates from our MPs will go in a termly newsletter