A school council is a group of pupils who are elected to represent the views of all and who work hard to improve their school. At Oaks Primary Academy we have 2 representatives per class. Their role is to act as a link between the children in the class, the School Council, the Senior Leadership Team and the Governors of Oaks Primary Academy. Each member of the Council is elected through a democratic process, providing children with individual liberty to empower choices around their education.
On Thursday 27th September 2018 we held our School Council Elections. Each class found out more about what a School Council is, how they work, what they do and what it means to be a School Councillor. Our Election Day was supported once again by Maidstone Borough Council and Democratic Services. They provided signage, ballot boxes and voting booths to make the experience as close to the real thing as possible. Councillor Marion Ring came to our Assembly to announce the results.
To find out more about School Councils click here.
School Council Meeting notes:
Also, if you would like to view any of the additional information regarding the School Council, then please click on the linked documents below:
On Thursday 23rd November the members of the School Council made a visit to Maidstone Town Hall. We received an invite from Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) following our successful Election Day. We had a fantastic morning and were really well looked after by Councillors, Civic Officers and members of MBC.
The room where the meeting was held was fantastic and full of history. One of the most exciting things was using the special microphones when we wanted to speak. We started with a Question and Answer session where we were able to find out more about mayoral duties, the role of a councillor and asked many questions to discover more about the history of the Town Hall. We then held our own School Council meeting with Josh and Michael doing a brilliant job of chairing the meeting.
We also took part in a Question and Answer session, so if you would like to view the live recording, please click here.
We then finished the morning with a visit to the gaol, right at the top of the Town Hall and were given the opportunity to try on the Mayoral Chain of Office.
Thank you to MBC for making this meeting possible, it was an amazing experience.
Following our visit Caroline from MBC sent this message:
I just wanted to say how much we all enjoyed yesterday. The children were so well behaved and are a credit to the School.
Thursday 19th October 2017 was a memorable day at Oaks Primary Academy. We were joined by members of Maidstone Borough Council and two local councillors to assist with our School Council Election Day.
Throughout Term 1 classes have been investigating what a school council is, why it is important to have a school council and the impact it can have. Alongside this the children have been considering the importance of the democratic process, why voting is important and then been nominating candidates, writing and presenting speeches and beginning to make decisions about how they would vote.
All of this work culminated in the Election Day. Caroline, Nicky and Ezzie from Maidstone Borough Council joined us for the day and supplied us with ballot boxes, voting booths and signage so we could set up the Hall to look like an official Polling Station. Each class visited the Polling Station during the morning and were able to vote for two candidates from their class. Each child had to register with the Polling Clerks, who took their roles very seriously, show their polling cards and were then given their voting cards. Once they had received their voting cards they went to the voting booths to vote. Then came the difficult part, the decision about who to vote for. Everyone took this part seriously and we even overheard one Year 2 child explaining to his friend that ‘You may be my friend, but I have to think carefully and vote for the person who I think will do the best job’.
During the afternoon the count was completed, and many classes were able to observe this and ask questions about this process. Councillor Ring, whose children attended Oaks Primary Academy, visited during the afternoon and assisted with the count and spoke to many children. Councillor Butler (the former Mayor of Maidstone) kindly acted as the Deputy Returning Officer for Oaks Primary Academy and after a speech about democracy announced the results.
The results are as follows:
Year 1: Bobby and Freddie
Year 2: Mia and Violet
Year 3: Christopher and Finnley
Year 4: Isobella and Michael
Year 5: Kelsie and Layla-Mae
Year 6: Alisha and Josh
Congratulations to everyone who took part, you all acted with a great sense of responsibility and showed huge respect for each other.
In this section, you will be able to find information and also reply slips for any trips that members of the school council will be taking part in. If you would like to find out more about any upcoming trips, then please click on the links below:
Also, if you would like to view the minutes and discussions that take place during school council meetings, then please click on the links below.
The school council (alongside the Young Voices choir) will be running a Tuck shop on a Friday, for more information please view the leaflet below.