School Council and Pupil Voice
Through contributing my views, time and talents, I play a part about bringing positive change in my school and wider community
UNCRC Article 12 (respect for the views of the child) states that every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.
Pupil Voice is very important at St Andrew’s School and our School Council form part of our RRSA steering group who lead the schools’ rights respecting work and represent children’s voices. Our School Councillors are elected at the start of each academic year and are representatives of their class and the school. The Pupil Council meet regularly to discuss different aspects of school life whilst also helping influence and drive change throughout the school and community. Communication at the meeting takes many forms: Makaton, widget, PECS, talkers and verbally.
2021 – 22 Session: We worked together to rename the classes for this session. Four themes were chosen by Rooms 11 and 12 – these were castles, Scottish animals, local beaches and gemstones.
All pupils and staff had the opportunity to vote on their favourite theme and at our latest pupil council meeting the votes were counted. Castles came out as the most popular and the committee decided to rename the classes after local Aberdeenshire Castles.
This session (2022- 23) the school council are working together to ensure that all children have the right to relax and play – UNCRC Article 31. This has led to some changes in the school playground – some things that weren’t pupil-friendly have been taken away and we are now working together to improve our playground further. As we make choices, we are considering the individual needs and likes of all pupils – UNCRC Article 23 – If I have a disability, I have the right to special care and education