At Medstead we believe Pupil Voice to be very important in shaping the running of the school. Children have the opportunity to put themselves forward for positions of responsibility as they move through the school each year. Some of the roles for which they apply are allocated through an anonymised peer voting system. The positions of responsibility held by our children range from:
British Sign Language Buddies
These children learn BSL alongside the children who attend the school through our Hearing Impaired Unit. The sign the choruses to songs in Worship and help with the signing of key topic words in their classrooms as well as producing an annual sign supported play.
Take part in nature walks in the locality to record the changing animal and plant life through the seasons as well as participating in surveys of plant and animal life in the extensive school grounds. This group provide top tips for being green.
Select the school's charities to support for the year and co-ordinate fund raising projects. We support a local, national and an international charity. The Young Governors meet regularly with the Headteacher and bring suggestions and any concerns from their peers to her attention and help devise ways forward.
For key church services such as Easter and Christmas, as well as regular school-based worship, these children take responsibility for leading prayers, reading Bible extracts and acting out scenes from different faith stories.
Are responsible for keeping the school's technological equipment safely stored and accessible for all classes. They provide support in each class for their peers and staff with computing. They promote e-safety across the school.
These children provide playground support for any "lost and lonely" children at play times. They organise our chatterbox system where children can leave a message to ask for support.
These children help their younger peers with weekly times table and spellings practice.
Read with younger children and foster a love of books.
Help children use our electronic scanning system to check their library books in and out as well as organising the Library so that it looks beautiful and inviting for children to spend time in.
Play with our Reception children in their own playground and field area for the Autumn and Spring terms when they settling in to school, then help our youngest children make the transition to the big playground and in their final Summer Term in Reception.
Have a pivotal role in co-ordinating events for our annual Arts Week. They also regularly tour the school awarding board and individual display certificates for exemplary and innovative pieces created by the children.
Drawn from Year 6, these children use some of their lunch hours to assist with administrative duties such as photocopying, collating and laminating. They are also taught to develop an efficient telephone manner and deal with routine calls.
Our eldest pupils take this responsibility, with a boy and a girl from each of our Houses being joint Captains. As well as helping audit and maintain P.E equipment through the year, Sports Captains are key to Sports Day. In the lead up to this special day, and on the day itself, Sports Captains rally members of their house across all year groups to contribute to the team sprit of this competitive event where individual scores also count towards overall House totals.
Each of our seven Houses has two House Captains from Year 6. These pupils help organise House Circle Times each half term when children from classes across the school meet as a House group with the teacher who leads their house. It is a great opportunity for children from different year groups to get to know one another. They find out about their House Hero and make a presentation about them to the whole school. All our Houses are named after a figure of significance, past or current, and have a House colour of their own: Archimedes is green, Ayres-Zephaniah is red, Da Vinci is yellow, Earhart is blue, Jemison is orange, Keller is purple, Lennon is pink.
Develop a range of mini business to raise funds. They build their co-operative skills in devising financially sound projects and helping children across the school engage with these.
Young Journalists will be responsible for selecting exciting material about school events from the school Newsletter to put together pieces for the Medstead Times. This is a new role and we are sure will evolve as the children contribute ideas, perhaps even culminating in a school magazine for children!
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