The role of the school council is to make sure our school makes the children feel safe and happy; to encourage the children of HJS to suggest ways in which our school can be improved; to make sure suggestions or concerns are acted upon. In short, the role of the school council is to take care of and strengthen our community – that of the school, local area and worldwide.
The school council have taken part in local forums in which a range of topics are discussed. This has included a discussion about how schools could help the environment, and our school council decided they would like to build bird houses and a bug hotel to encourage wildlife into our school grounds.
The school council has decided upon and led a range of fund-raising activities such as cake sales, the collection of unwanted clothes to be recycled and sponsored sports activities. This money has been donated to a range of projects including sponsoring a child in Laos, and donating money to an ex-pupil for emergency medical treatment.
The role of our Equality Ambassadors is to promote diversity and the importance of being treated fairly, and to encourage people to celebrate differences. The equality ambassadors want to ensure that everyone in our community is given the opportunity to thrive, whatever their background.
Their vision is: To celebrate our unique community, where our differences are embraced within the security of God’s love.
Some things they have worked on:
They selected some famous people who have fought for equality in the world for children at Herne to create portraits of during SMSC week.
They organised days to celebrate embracing our differences – ‘Crazy Hair Day’ and ‘Odd Socks Day’.
They have led Anti-Bullying Week worships and activities.
They led worship on International Women’s Day and set a competition for children to draw a portrait of a woman who inspires them. They have helped select books to be read across the school in class which promote diversity, equality and differences.