On Tuesday 11th February 2020 the “Save The planet” (STP) Eco group visited the Civic Hall in Leeds for the North West Leeds Youth Summit with Mrs Piotrowicz, Mrs Jones and Mr Swallow.
The first part of the morning involved presentations from some of the schools in the north -west who shared their ideas for saving energy and being more Eco friendly at their schools. These included recycling, solar panels, composting and monitoring energy used in classrooms. Although we are already doing some of these things we collected lots of new ideas.
The second part of the morning involved deciding how the young people at the event felt the Councillors should spend the money (£51,000.00) which has been allocated for young people for the next year in our area. Everyone voted on local clubs and activities they would like to see in Aireborough. Councillor Pat Latty and Councillor Graham Latty were there to listen to the children’s views.
After a lovely lunch with some GIANT Yorkshire puddings in the University restaurant we visited the Council Chambers and met the Lord Mayor. Everyone had the opportunity to ask a question using the microphones like the Councillors do in their meetings. We found out that the Lord Mayor used to be a nurse and has a real interest in mental health issues in Leeds. We also found out that there are 99 councillors – there can’t be 100 as there has to be an odd number to settle any votes. She has been the Lord Mayor for eight months and feels very privileged to have been chosen – you can only be the Lord Mayor once in your lifetime.
We had a great day and will use the ideas for our STP plans.
How do we elect School Councillors?
At the beginning of a school year, each class democratically elects their School Councillors. All pupils have the opportunity to listen to the candidate speeches and then vote for 1 boy and 1 girl to represent their class in the School Council.
What do our School Councillors do?
Every half term the School Councillors collect ideas from their class, and meet as a group to discuss issues and fundraising ideas. They also discuss what the activities should be for the end of term reward (Funzone). Before carrying out an idea, they check that the rest of the School Councillors agree.
School Councillors are always there to listen when pupils have a worry or problem about school. It is their job to be the 'voice' of those pupils in meetings so that issues can be resolved.
They also receive opportunities to take part in out of school activities and encourage others to do the same.
The School Council are a very important part of our school.