Newton Hall Infants’ School has 3 very different leadership groups which children can be part of and which fulfil different roles within school. As young as they are we know that our children have a ‘voice’. We are very interested in their views and try to ensure that we accommodate their views and needs in the main aspects of school life.
School Council – our School Council is made of 2 children from all 4 classes from Year 1 upwards. In the Spring term we invite 2 children from each Reception class to join, to begin to learn the procedure in preparation for them being in Year 1. Councillors meet regularly with Mrs Hutcheson and Mrs Lister to discuss various issues that are in the forefront of the children’s minds as well as issues the staff wish to bring up with the children and seek their opinion for. They also are responsible for the fund raising aspects of the school for national charities such as Children in Need, Comic Relief, etc.
Playground leaders – this group of Year 2 children are trained at the beginning of the year by our School Sports Co-ordinator from Framwellgate School Durham, Mr Beveridge, on how to interact with all children in school and engage them in physical activity. They learn how to teach the other children to play different playground games both traditional and sporting and they learn to lead activities and suggest ways of using the extensive equipment we have. They give up their playtime and lunchtime on a rota basis each week to fulfil their role. From here they can progress if they wish to become KS2 Playground Leaders in Junior School and then Sports Leaders or Higher Sports Leaders at Senior School.
Sports Reporters – this is a relatively new initiative which is open to all children. It offers opportunities for the children to comment upon and evaluate the various sporting activities, festivals etc. which they participate in both through the School Sport Partnership and those arranged within school. This contributes to the evaluation by the PE leadership in school of the use of Sport Premium, taking the children’s viewpoints into account. ‘
Energy Eagles’ Eco Council – this group meets with Mrs Cooke to discuss the environment both within and outside of school, waste management, walking to school initiatives, ways in which we can save energy in the school building and how we can promote Healthy Schools.
I know that all of the children involved take their roles and responsibilities very seriously and are eager to make a positive contribution to our school and our local community.