Pupil Leadership is an integral part of the school; children learn and develop skills and traits to help prepare them for challenges in life. At St Joseph’s, we work hard to make sure our pupils are given opportunities to lead and take responsibility for a wide range of projects, to suit their individual interests and skills. These include specific roles within Year 6, School Council, House Captains, Play Leaders, Prayer Leaders, UNICEF Ambassadors and Fairtrade Ambassadors.
Head Boy, Girl and Head of Spirituality
Our Year 6 children apply to be pupil leaders at the end of Year 5. They then campaign and present a speech in assembly. Teachers and children vote for who they think are the best people for the job. Once in position, these leaders work very closely with the Head Teacher throughout Year 6.
The School Council is a great opportunity for pupils to get involved in the running of the school. Two representatives from each year group are elected in September and, along with the Head boy and girl, act as the official voice of all the pupils. The Council discusses matters that are important and affect the whole school.
The Council meet regularly (every term).
A School Council benefits the whole school.
It gives pupils the chance to express their views.
Pupils can have an input on important decisions.
Pupils can develop confidence and communication skills.
Aims of the Council:
To represent the student body.
To gather the views of pupils about improving the school.
To consider ideas and proposals for the further improvement and development of the school.
Prayer Leaders are chosen to lead class prayers each day. It allows all the children to have a turn in taking responsibility for the spirituality of the class whilst learning leadership skills.
Our House Prefects and House Captains help to run the house points system at the School. All pupils are assigned one of four houses when they arrive at the school, with pupils earning points for their house. House Prefects and House Captains help to collect and calculate the points earned by pupils in their house. The roles help pupils to develop a sense of responsibility and help them to learn how to encourage and support others in their team. For information about the house system, view our houses page here (link)
Our Year 6 Sports Captain is chosen by the Head Teacher and PE teacher. The Sports Captain works alongside the PE teacher throughout the year organising sporting events and leading weekly Wake and Shake.
Our school Fairtrade Ambassadors work hard to help St Joseph’s become a Fairtrade School. We have already made steps towards this by becoming a Fair Aware School and are in the process of applying for further awards.
The ambassadors take part in a range of Fairtrade related activities including fundraising, researching Fairtrade products, making posters and holding assemblies to raise awareness of Fairtrade and make sure all pupils have knowledge of it.
The ambassadors work very hard to ensure we are proactive and ensure we are doing everything we can to support those in need and encourage Fairtrade products.
Unicef Rights Respecting School
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children in danger. They help to provide nutrition and lifesaving food, emergency relief, protection from climate change, water, sanitation, hygiene and vaccines. They also help to protect every child’s right to an education and strongly promote children learning about their rights as part of their education. Currently, they are supporting over 190 countries spread throughout the world to ensure these standards can be met for ALL children.
To do this, they are in partnership with the UN convention on Children’s Rights. It is with this partnership that St Joseph’s have begun to work with Unicef as we are working towards an accreditation to being a Rights Respecting School (RRS). Every week, Unicef club meets to discuss issues related to children’s rights in the global community and how we can promote children’s rights in our local community.
We have already introduced Children’s Rights ( from the UN Convention on Children’s Rights) in assemblies, held a “Go Blue Day” to raise awareness of Children’s Rights and even written to World Leaders explaining to them why it is so important that they support the work of Unicef. We are excited to continue our journey towards our Bronze and Silver RRS Awards and learning even more about the brilliant work of Unicef.