The most important thing about Springfield is the people in it. Our children play a vital role in how they learn, the feedback they give each other and how our school is run. In every class and every year group, children are given responsibilities. This can be for something personal to them, an area of the classroom, representing their class, year group or even the school.
At Springfield we have several School Councils, where children are elected to represent their class and help with the effective running of an aspect of school life.
Please read below to learn about our different school councils and our prefects find out about how they make the wheels of Springfield turn!
As school councillors, we are taking an active role in making playtimes and dinner times happier for everybody. We are going to be Playground Leaders to help adults and children with any problems. Today we were given our Playground Leader lanyards, high-vis jackets and VOICE t-shirts. We also learnt and practised our new role.
On a cold November Monday, the Year 5 and 6 members of our ‘Springfield Voice’ school council took part in a Pupil Parliament day at Newall Green Primary School. The day started with Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe/Sale East and ex-Springfield teacher, who explained what happens in the House of Commons and how MPs vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on different issues by physically going to stand in different rooms – they also only have seven minutes to vote!.
This year’s Pupil Parliament focus is sustainability and how we can reduce our school’s carbon footprint. We filled in an environmental review which showed us that we are doing lots of positive things to protect the environment, such as recycling, using sustainable transport and healthy living, but there is still more that we could do. We created a mind map of ideas and were challenged to try and start doing one of them before the next meeting in spring. We are really excited about our ideas and will hopefully be joining together with Springfield’s Eco Council to talk about them as soon as possible. Watch this space!
We look to our Y6 as role models, to live out the Springfield values in everything they do.
At the beginning of the year, every Y6 child is given the opportunity to stand for the role of prefect. They present to their class on why they would make a good prefect. There are always far too many excellent candidates - so the children think very carefully about what they have seen and heard from each candidate and vote for the person they think would do the best job.
Here are our prefects for 2018!