Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives. We believe that our school council should provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account on decisions which impact upon their lives. We encourage and support the school council in thinking about the wider community beyond Standlake and what they can do to help make the world a better place. It is also an important and useful way to help them develop leadership opportunities.
The curriculum requires that young people are provided with opportunities to participate in school and society. Our school council is an excellent way in which we intend to increase their participation, teaching them about democracy, local and global citizenship and accountability.
This year the school council will be focusing on developing our links with the Romanian school we send our Christmas shoeboxes to, helping to protect and restore nature in our local area and managing Friday Tuck shop and budget so that, hopefully, they can use some profit for playtime equipment and charitable donations.