“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord”

– Colossians 3:23

Young Christian Leaders

Introduction 

The Young Christian Leaders, are exceptionally important to Lower Peover, ensuring that there is a strong pupil voice, this is underpinned by our school’s vision and it’s associated values which develop aspiration in all pupils.  One of the key purposes of the Young Christian Leaders is to connect our school community with our Ugandan and Melanesian links, supporting external charities and providing opportunities for pupils to engage in social action and to challenge injustice.  The children will be elected during September.

Who we are?

Head Boy & Girl

Our Head Boy is Will, and Head Girl is Grace

Our Young Christian Leaders are:

Year 6 - Sophie M, Kate K, Thomas F, Florence Mc

Year 5 - Thomas B, Ellie R, Jack S, Summer-Louise B

Young Christian Leaders is our new name for the School Council.  It was formed to give our students a forum to speak and to ensure their voice is heard.

From September 2020 the previous school council and ethos groups will merge into the Young Christian Leaders group. 

We democratically elect group of pupils who represent their peers and enable students to become partners in their own education, making a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos.

In addition, pupils from Year 6 will undertake roles roles of Head Boy and Girl.  For 2020/21 our Head Boy is Will and Head Girl is Grace.

The Christian Young Leaders meet fortnightly under the guidance of Mrs Perry and Mrs Adams.  They plan an agenda for each meeting.  The head boy and girl lead the meeting and notes are taken so that a record of the meeting can be recorded.  The minutes of each meeting are kept on file and displayed on the school council noticeboard.

Following meetings the class representatives report back to their classes. They consult their class to gain ideas and views.  All class reps have a school council book which is used to gather their responses and then to feedback to the school council at the next meeting.

The impact of the Young Christian Leaders is noticeable in two main areas: firstly teachers can be sure that all pupils have an opportunity to suggest changes to school life, based on our school Christian vision and the associated values which underpin relationships at all levels in the school community.  This enables pupils to disagree well, and to practice forgiveness and reconciliations.

Secondly the impact of being a young leader leaves pupils with a real understanding of corporate/global responsibility and civic pride which continues to impact on their behaviour both in and out of school.  Part of their role is to act as a first port of call for any worries/problems children may be having.  This supports the children’s good mental health and gives them a sense of belonging that embraces and celebrates difference. 

Prior to meeting they take it in turns to check the worries/suggestions box and act upon any concerns/ideas and report any actions taken/suggestions made to the rest of the school council meeting.  In addition, on the playground they check if anybody is alone/sitting on the buddy bench and intervene as/when necessary to ensure everybody is feeling happy, safe and secure in school.

The Young Christian Leaders have an annual budget that is spent on School Improvement.  In addition, they arrange fundraising occasions to raise money for charity and for their school.

In previous years, the Young Christian Leaders have helped to evaluate and suggest improvements to our school behaviour policy.  They have used pupil voice to identify priorities for the upcoming year including:

  • improving lunchtime activities and resources (both for the playground and indoor/wet play
  • a programme of fundraising activities to help resource their plans
  • ensuring our outdoor classroom is utilised more, both in lesson and break times
  • improvements to the toilets (brighter paint colour)
  • reinstatement of the privilege of meal choice for year 6
  • more team competitions
  • complete a learning walk looking at displays and learning environments both in and around school, linked to spirituality
  • help write a pupil friendly version of the marking policy and behaviour policy
  • begin to display achievements, priorities, minutes of meetings and ways they can be contacted on the school council noticeboard
  • pupil voice regarding after school clubs to see if a variety of interests being catered for

 

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