Our School Council is a democratically elected group of children from Year 1 to 6 who are actively involved in the school’s development. Any children in years 1 to 6 who want to can stand to be a School Councillor.

The children have to make a presentation to their class about why they would be good at the job, and then the children get to vote.

Those that are elected then have the role of presenting different information and activities at the monthly meeting where the School Council discuss important issues relating to events that are organised in the school, agreeing which charities we will sponsor through the year and presenting suggestions from their classes for school improvements. Mrs Bush, our Deputy Headteacher, attends the School Council meetings.

In 2017, the School Council achieved a great deal! Through determination and clear drive they were able to raise over £2,000 for our school charity: The Big Build in Kenya. We were delighted to discover that the money we raised was used to purchase windows and doors for the Walk Centre, which provides children in Kenya with the opportunity to learn in a clean, bright and welcoming environment.

In addition to this, the School Council introduced a new Friendship Stop for Key Stage 1 and a whole school reading reward: The Reading Raffle.

During the 2017 – 2018 academic year, the School Council introduced a new whole school House System, raised money for their chosen charity – Guide Dogs for the Blind – and helped to design a new outdoor reading area. The chairperson of the School Council, Lauren Ford, received the first Civic Award for Young People – created to recognise a young person Bognor Regis’ Town Mayor met in his year of office and who had made a significant impact on the town.

This academic year, the School Council plan to further improve the school by listening to the views and opinions of their peers.

Our School Councilors members for 2019 – 2020 are:

Year 1 Bella-Rose H Jack K
Year 2 Isla J Nathan S
Year 3 Olivia R Matthew P
Year 4 Georgia C Lincoln R
Year 5 Jessica B Drew M (Chair)
Year 6 Ethan A Katie G (Vice Chair)

With the support of this year’s School Council, pupils voted to support the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.  The Chestnut Tree House hospice is the children’s hospice for East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and South East Hampshire and cares for 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-shortening conditions.  Volunteers from the charity joined us for a Collective Worship to explain about the hospice and the work that the charity does.