The School Parliament at St. Mary's, consists of Year 6 representatives who have been voted for by their peers.
These representatives lead different councils of Sport, Faith and Well Being, Safeguarding, Road Safety and Computing. All headed up by the current Head Boy and Head Girl Albert and Harriet. Every member wears a "School Parliament" badge so they can be recognised by others and they always lead by example.
Once a year, Parliament Members meet with teachers to discuss about their budgets, roles and decision making processes within the school, to gain a better understanding of how our school runs. For example, the Minister for Computing would speak with Mrs Greenway to investigate the kind of equipment we can buy and the kind of decisions she has to make relating to budget and demand. This meeting would only last about 5 minutes but the Minister would then report back to Parliament about their findings.
Individual classes regularly debate whole school issues that they consider unjust or in need of change and their Parliament representatives, chosen by them annually, bring these grievances, ideas or queries to our meetings. Occasionally, staff request that the School Parliament discuss preferences for specific things, once discussed, and answers or solutions are suggested. All answers are reported back to the Parliament and hopefully resolved. The MP’s then report back to their own classes.
New prospective teaching staff are also interviewed by our School Parliament, and afterwards, express their preferences, supported by constructive reasoning as well as personal opinions.
MP’s are encouraged to have an understanding of the decision making processes involved with the successful running of a happy, healthy Primary School in today’s modern, technological world.
Keeping every citizen happy is not an easy task, nor is seeing things from another person’s viewpoint!
Thus, Parliament members are encouraged to explore rules and established processes and their importance if a democracy is to be maintained. Hopefully, they will learn that their job isn’t always as easy as it looks and that rules and safety are of paramount importance when considering change of any kind
Head Boy: Albert
Head Girl: Harriet
Faith, Well Being & Charity: Evie
Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO): Ava and Libby
St Benedict - Theo
St John - Jonny
St Nicholas - Brooke