The children in our school are the most important people! As such, they have lots of opportunities to share their thoughts on school issues.
The main aim of the School Council is to help to make our school a better place for the children and to give us an opportunity to have our opinions and ideas heard. Each class from Year Two upwards has two representatives who are elected every year.
In our school we have students who are 'trained' as Activity Leaders by our Learning Mentor. They are skilled at helping the children to work and play together in school and to recognise when some children are having difficult times in the playground.
Are a group of children who are trained at helping children to sort out their problems and differences by
attending special meetings. By taking turns, the people who have had a disagreement listens to the other
person's viewpoint and they decide (with the help of the Peer Listeners) the best way forward.
Lyme Community Primary Schools’ prefects must lead by example at all times in their behaviour, the
respect they show to others and their school uniform. A prefect’s role is varied and to be awarded a school
prefect badge is considered to be a real privilege.
The prefects at Lyme take on many roles and have many responsibilities, such as:
• lining up monitors after play and dinner times;
• working with classes during wet break times;
• supporting other children around the school;
• helping to set up the hall for assemblies;
• monitoring corridors and stairs to help encourage safe and orderly conduct and;
• hosting a VIP dinner table in the Hall each Friday.
Our Y6 class was given the opportunity to apply for the prestigious position of Prefect at Lyme. I’m very pleased to report that all who applied were successful!
I want to share an extract from Thomas’ application letter as I was so impressed with it. I feel it sums up everything about our children that makes us so proud of them.
‘I will say ‘I CAN!’ I will INSPIRE myself and others to follow the rules. I will CHALLENGE them to be more helpful around the school. Others will soon ACHIEVE their goal of following the rules. Finally I will NURTURE others to grow and become a Prefect themselves one day. That is what I CAN really means! ‘
At Lyme we believe that sometimes the small things make a big difference. This is why we have an Eco
Action Team, a group of students who focus on recycling, litter, energy, water use, care of the environment
around us (school grounds) and Pollution.
Through planning individual projects such as planting and growing in class gardens, organising textile
recycling schemes, planting trees in the school grounds and in Lyme Pits Country Park, providing recycling
bins to every classroom in the school and replacing water taps to make them energy efficient, the Eco
Committee has managed to achieve the ultimate Green Flag award, besides much more.
Pupil Led School Initiative Groups
We aim to work with pupils to develop their ideas to improve key improvement areas of our work. At the
moment we have two groups who are working to raise the profile of reading across our school. We have a
‘ChatterBooks’ group who are looking at ways to increase the number of children who read for pleasure
and our ‘Reading Bookworms’ who organise boxes of books to go outside at break time to encourage
reading as a playtime activity.