WAINSCOTT PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPIL PARLIAMENT
At Wainscott Primary School we believe that children and young people need to be active participants in their own education and to feel that their opinions will be heard. We seek ways to listen to the views of our pupils and involve them in decision-making so that they are engaged as partners in the life of the school. The Pupil Parliament is being set up to develop the ways in which pupils can make a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos but also broaden the experiences and wider development of our young people.
Pupil Parliament will:
- Be a positive forum
- Provide an opportunity for all pupils to be heard
- Provide a forum for the leadership of the school to listen to the pupil’s opinions
- Aid communication throughout the school
- Build the pupils confidence and self-esteem
- Encourage the pupils to be active citizens
- Provide all pupils with a democratic model
The children vote for a representative in each class by holding a ballot at the start of the year, the then elected Pupil Parliament ministers hold that post for the whole school year.
Pupil Parliament meet regularly to discuss topical and school-based issues. They work with our pupils, staff, parents, governors and wider community to support the school ethos, to improve the achievements and successes of our school and to make the school a happier place for all.
The elected ministers from each class form cabinets- Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Curriculum and Sport. Each of these committees is designed to have a specific focus on improving Wainscott Primary School. Our class ministers also receive training from: https://learning.parliament.uk/en/
Pupil Parliament also play a pivotal role in seasonal charity work such as : Harvest, Remembrance Day and Sport Relief to name but a few.
As individuals, our pupils bring lots of additional skills and abilities to this role in particular, however to be a successful Pupil Parliament Minister they need to:
- Be reliable
- Be proud of our school and want our school to be the best it can be
- Listen carefully to the views of others and take their ideas on board.
- Represent the majority view of your class, even if you don't agree!
- Commit time to this role and accept that you may need to do things during break times and/or lunchtimes.
- Be enthusiastic
- Be kind and respectful
- Be patient
Term 2 December 2021
Last year Wainscott School took part in the TES Classrooms To Care homes initiative. This year we decided that rather than all children writing an individual letter- a letter was written from the whole class. This was a great opportunity for shared writing as well as recapping the features of a letter.
Pupil Parliament members, Harry and Ryan delivered these letters today and were fortunate enough to meet one of the residents as well as Amanda the manager of Montgomery Court. We really hope that these letters spread some festive cheer to those who find themselves alone at Christmas.
Term 1 October 2021
Pupil Parliament have been busy wondering once again how we, as a school, can support the local community. They put together posters to encourage donations to school which could be collected and sent to Medway Food Bank. Last week these donations were delivered to Medway Food Bank.
We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
To find out more about Medway Food Bank please click the link below:
Term 6- School Dinners Discussion and Feedback
Key Stage 2 Pupil Parliament ministers met with Louise to discuss school dinners.
Questions such as:
Did they like school dinners?
If they didn't have school dinners, why not?
What their most and least favourite meals were at school?
Which meals they enjoyed at home which they would like to see feature on the menu?
Any suggestions on how school meals could be improved?
A lively discussion in which all pupils had a voice. I think they were surprised about the variety of food already on offer and gave constructive feedback around improvements particularly when it came to the topic of pizza bases and baguettes.
Louise will now collate all this information and feed it back to Chartwells- I wonder what changes we might see in September as a result of this?
Term 6- Final draft of Wainscott School Uniform Policy with Year 5
Wainscott School Uniform Policy- Written By Pupil Parliament.
Term 5- School Uniform Policy
As things slowly return to normal- Pupil Parliament are working hard on the school uniform policy here at Wainscott Primary School. We are still in the early stages but watch out for the new policy which will published on the website once approved.
Wainscott Primary School, part of The Primary First Trust, have been busy throughout December, supporting local residents of Montgomery Court care home, and others across the community, while also finding time to fit in some celebrations of their own.
Despite the challenging year we have all had, each pupil at Wainscott wrote letters to the residents of Montgomery Court, which backs on to the school, to share festive cheer and brighten the days of the older community, who have faced a more challenging year than most. Not only has this allowed the pupils to connect with the local community but has also provided a real purpose and audience for the children's letter writing.
The school have also received the brilliant news that they have won an award from the Classrooms to Care Homes project, for their work on the letter writing project for Montgomery Court care home, and have been sent a prize, a joke book, which pupils will be able to enjoy.
Two members of the School’s Pupil Parliament delivered the letters to the care home, to ensure the residents received their letters in time for Christmas. The school’s Pupil Parliament also recently received some special training through UK Parliament Education, which went details about how Government works. This workshop inspired one of the children to write to local MP, Kelly Tolhurst, to request a zebra crossing outside the school, to enhance the safety of the pupils travelling to and from school.
Wainscott Pupil Parliament features in The Headteacher Magazine, August 16th 2021. Click on the link to read the article.