Democracy is alive within our school and as the Pupil Parliament, we are living proof of this.
Everyone has the opportunity to have their voices heard through the Pupil Parliament. The election of the class MPPs (Members of Pupil Parliament) and school prefects has been carried out in a democratic manner, with the winners of both based on the votes of the children in our school. This year, the Pupil Parliament has been separated into three sub-committees, with key focuses of Teaching and Learning, Curriculum and Enterprise.
Since September, our Teaching and Learning Pupil Parliament team have been busy thinking about what challenge looks like at Southborough. We began by reflecting on our own ideas of challenge but soon realised that we needed to develop our own understanding of challenge first. We discovered that a challenge stretches us, moves our learning forwards and can be found in all of our lessons. We’ve been exploring this with other children in our classes and asking them for their thoughts and opinions. Our next step is to look at how we can make sure we are all challenging ourselves all of the time.
In the Curriculum committee, we are placing a big focus on the implementation of the British values in our school. So far, we have been reviewing the teaching and knowledge of the values, thinking about what we can do to promote the importance of these. Consequently, we are looking at creating visual symbols to accompany the values to aid remembering them and placing these into classroom and whole school displays. Our continual monitoring of the values and children’s knowledge will also enable us to think about how we can move forward to help all; linked to this we will also in be looking at including British values in our school outside the classroom in the Summer term.
There are a lot of exciting challenges coming up. Enterprise can be about showing compassion and helping other people, and we will be using our enterprise skills to help raise money for a school in Africa. We will also be working with the PTA to help run the second hand school uniform sale to raise money for the school, which will be great as it could be spent on new equipment. In the Summer, 8 members from the Enterprise Group will be taking part in the Tunbridge Wells Enterprise Challenge where they will work with real businesses and have business mentors from companies such as Solomon’s Estates and Bewl Water to help the children complete against other schools with a variety of Apprentice style business challenges.