We engage pupils actively in the life of the school so that they have a voice and a role to play in its development.
This participation is one of the ways our school promotes the values of tolerance of others, mutual respect and enables children to begin to explore democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty.
Children have an official voice in the school through the School Council. Each class has an elected representative who takes issues arising from class discussion to the School Council meetings. The children organise and run the meetings but an adult is in attendance to support them and to communicate issues to staff.
The School Council allows Gillespie children to learn about citizenship and democracy, while also having a real impact on decision making in the school. For example, discussions on the quality of lunches were an important factor in the decision to invest in a new kitchen so that fresh food could be cooked on the premises. The School Council also contributed to the development of a range of high quality playground activities and resources.
We have a team of committed children who support other children to engage with each other at play times and to develop social awareness about the needs of others. Children are supported by an adult and complete a training course involving skills in listening & communication, problem solving, supporting others, working in a team and confidentiality. Playground buddies select children they have observed making a positive contribution to school life to be awarded certificates in weekly assemblies. All playground buddies must make an application and presentation as part of a rigorous selection process.
Lab_13 Management Committee
A team of keen pupil scientists, supported by our Resident Scientist in managing our Lab_13 science and technology lab. The pupils take leadership responsibility for involving children across the school in additional science investigations and activities. The children contribute to the Lab_13 Blog and Twitter feed (XXX) and support the school in making links to the Lab_13 network of schools.
The Green Team
A team of pupils committed to promoting green and sustainable awareness issues including activities to improve recycling at school and in supporting the school to reduce its carbon footprint. The team has also taken a lead in developing our school gardens. In recent years we have won a number of Islington in Bloom prizes and awards.
A team of pupils trained to support children and staff to use our computer technology safely and effectively.
Pupil monitors take responsibility for supporting pupils to make the right decisions in day to day aspects of school life.
A group of trained pupils who take a lead in organising sports activities with other children at lunchtimes and provide additional support for teachers during PE lessons.