Our Academy Council at Ackton Pastures Academy, is made up of talented, driven children who represent the children’s voice within the school. The council was elected by a democratic vote in their classrooms. Teachers read out the applicants’ applications anonymously and the children in the class had to vote for their representative. They meet every Wednesday, with Mrs Whalley, to complete tasks and discuss upcoming events.
During the Autumn term the councillors launched the ‘Advent Calendar Appeal’. The aim of this was to collect as many advent calendars as possible for the local food bank in Castleford. They made posters to display around school and led their own school assembly to promote the appeal. They set themselves a target of 100 calendars however they collected a fantastic total of 216!
The School Councillors have had a productive start to the year. They are working alongside Mrs Stringwell, the Family Liaison Officer, to produce a child friendly safe guarding policy. Each child has had input as to what they think children can do to stay safe in and out of school. They are currently designing the finished document.
In January, the councillors were privileged to meet Councillor Barker – the Mayor of Wakefield. They asked him a series of questions to find out more about his roles and responsibilities.
School councillors worked extremely hard alongside Mrs Whalley to organise the Easter fayre. They collected ideas from their friends, family and peers as to what products could be made to sell. They ensured all decisions were shared with their peers. The fayre was a huge success raising over £1000.
Our school councillors helped to organise our Primary Futures event. 43 volunteers, including the Wakefield Prison Governor and his officers with their dogs, a pilot from the RAF and a paramedic, came into school to raise the children’s aspirations. They shared information and responsibilities about their profession. The school council team greeted the volunteers as they arrived and ensured that they were in the correct classroom throughout the event.