Our school council consists of ten children - two children from each class from Year Two to Year Six - that represent the diverse nature of our school.
We have participated in initiatives such as purchasing playground equipment and games for wet play as well as establishing new ventures such as eco-warriors and playleaders. These are just a few things that we have participated in.
The school council improves pupils and teachers relationships, demonstrates good communication skills, decision making and teamwork. Pupils have pride in themselves and in our school. Everyone’s opinions count towards making a better school environment.
Here at St.Joseph's we care about the environment and know that it is our responsibility to look after our planet. Our Eco Team meet to discuss what we can do it school to support and promote environmental issues as well as ensuring our school does all we can to save water, energy and to reduce, reuse and recycle.
House Groups and House Points
The names for our house groups are as follows:
Yellow – St John
Green – St Matthew
Red – St Luke
Blue – St Mark
Pupils have to demonstrate good behaviour and manners and be hard-working and polite to earn house points for themselves and their team.
All children start the year on the bronze award, which the children complete by earning 20 house points. Once a child has achieved their bronze award, they are congratulated in assembly, receive a certificate to celebrate their achievement and then move on to the silver award. To achieve the silver award, children need to receive 40 house points, before moving onto the gold award, which requires another 60 house points. Those children who finish their gold award receive a certificate and a gold badge! Pupils then move on to the prize award – if children earn a further 100 house points before the end of the school year, they will receive a special prize!
In addition, at the end of each term, Mrs Chambers and Mr Lynch count up the number of awards achieved in each house and reveals the winning house group in assembly. When the winner is finally announced, the two House Captains in Year Six come and collect the trophy with their colour ribbon on the handles.
Each year, the Year Six children volunteer to represent their house as their captain. After giving an inspirational and persuasive speech explaining why they should represent their house, the children vote and two captains for each house are elected.
This year, the children are organising and leading a house assembly each half term where all of the children in each house come together and learn a bit more about their house group focus and an aspect of our faith.
Library Monitors: who use the ICT login system to scan and shelve the returned books, they also tidy and re order the displays and maintain the books in the Dewy system and A-Z of authors.
Play Leaders: Our Play leaders do a fantastic job all year round supporting children on the playground with taking part in games at lunchtimes and teaching them the social skills needed. Our play leaders also help support our PE lead with other events throughout the year including our annual Sports day each summer.