At Halterworth we believe it is important that our pupils develop strong leadership skills and are able to 'have a voice' in their school community. One of our key goals is to encourage our children to live comfortably with difference. This means that we may not always agree with the views of someone else but we want to teach our children to show respect and choose their words carefully when expressing opinions.
To achieve this, every class will engage in debates and children are given opportunities to participate in leadership roles.
We also welcome older members of the community on a regular basis for lunch, known as Food & Friends. The children engage in conversation and play games with our valued visitors.
One child is elected by their peers each year to represent their class at fortnightly School Council meetings. The children take part in a range of opportunities to improve their school. They have recently raised over £1000 with a sponsored silence to purchase new playtime equipment. The School Council have visited parliament, met Caroline Noakes our MP and also visited the local council chambers.
Eco Schools Committee
One child from every class is elected by their peers to represent them at meetings where they undertake a range of environmental tasks. This group is led by Mrs Martin, a Volunteer Sustainability Officer and a parent from our school.
Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO)
A small number of KS2 pupils are elected and trained by Hampshire County Council to become Junior Road safety Officers. They undertake special duties such as leading assemblies and promoting road safety awareness amongst their peers such as posters and mascot designs.
This group of children applied to become Cyber Ambassadors who take responsibility for ICT around the school and online safety. In addition, school prefects operate the assembly IT system, take photos for publications, help to keep their peers safe online and keep resources organised.
Bronze Sports Ambassadors
Four Year 6 pupils have been elected by their peers to be trained Sports Leaders who promote physical activity and arrange sports competitions in school.
Year 6 pupils apply to take on the role of prefects which includes responsibilities such as recognising positive behaviour around the school, helping in assemblies, writing pieces for the newsletter and supporting the morning run. To be chosen for this role, pupils must formally apply in writing and show the right attributes to carry out this role along with consistently positive behaviour in all areas of school life.
Two pupils accompanied by Mr Thomas & Miss Pattinson attended the Romsey Extra parish Council meeting to bid for £500 towards Graphic Novels for our Library… great news they were successful! Thank you to the Council members.