The School Council's sole aim is to help make Overdale Junior School a great place for everyone. It meets fortnightly to discuss any issues - large or small - that the school's pupils feel are important.
Two representatives from every class are elected each year and are supported by two members of staff, one of whom chairs the meetings.
School Council has been instrumental in introducing anti-bullying measures, implementing a system whereby children can contact them in confidence with any incidences of bullying and appropriate action will be taken.
School Council successes
The School Council is very active in tackling bullying and helped the school gain the prestigious Leicester City Anti-Bullying Community Award in March 2014. The award was presented at a ceremony in June.
Our Charity Week activities are run by the School Council and raise hundreds of pounds each year, which are shared between three nominated charities.
OJS is a Healthy School and as part of 'Healthy Eating Week' the School Council organises a range of healthy activities and promotional events.
School Council successfully applied for a £500 grant from the School Development Support Agency to purchase outdoor table tennis equipment, and have been instrumental in plans to improve lunchtime activities and facilities, including the new picnic tables and outdoor games.
Training is important for an effective School Council and members attended a training day at Sir Jonathan North Community College and the Leicester City Safeguarding Children summit.
Members have also worked hard to build links with Overdale Infant School Council, and have been involved with promoting school dinners, generating ideas for Anti-Bullying Week and organising the school's participation in Children In Need fundraising activities.
The whole school community can give feeback and ideas to the School Council via their suggestion box.