Why do we have a School's Council?
The School's Council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way the school is run. The School Council benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made. Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each Councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of all the other pupils they represent.
Who can be a member of the School's Council?
We have a boy and girl from every class representing their peer, apart from Woodpeckers. Each councillor is elected by their classmates at the beginning of the school year after a short presentation explaining why they would like to be elected.
What do we do?
Members of the Council take part in discussions about issues and ideas raised by their peers and plan events to raise monies for our chosen charity. Councillors also feed back any relevant information to their class. Members meet regularly with Mrs Dhillon.
All classes were asked to suggest which charity they would like to support this year. All suggestion were put to the school council. Councillors took a vote and we are pleased to announce that this year's chosen charity is The Air Ambulance Service.
The Air Ambulance Service operates the national Children’s Air Ambulance and the local air ambulance services for Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. Their vision is
We want children to grow into adults, we want adults to live longer and we want bereavement through trauma to become rare.
The Children’s Air Ambulance
The Children’s Air Ambulance is a national service, flying critically ill children from one hospital to another for specialist care. It is the first and only dedicated paediatric helicopter emergency transfer service in the country. The bespoke, specialist equipment on board the helicopter provides a flying intensive care unit for children. When a child is too sick to fly, they fly a specialist team to them. With flight times commonly over four times quicker than transfer by road, in many cases, time saved is a life saved.
Local air ambulance services
The charity flies two local air ambulances services, serving a total of five counties. Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA), Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA)
These two helicopters provide a rapid response to trauma and medical emergencies over an area of 3850 square miles. They cover many of the UK’s major road networks including the M1, M6, M69 and M42. With an average response of just 13 minutes, between them they attend on average six missions a day.
Children carefully considered all suggestions and decided that the school charity this year will be The Air Ambulance Service as the charity does not receive any government funding. Their lifesaving missions are only possible by donations.