At the beginning of the school year, each class was given the task of electing their representatives for Westwood's School Council. In order to be elected, each candidate had to write a short speech to their class after which the children voted for who they wanted to represent them.
Once the School Council was elected, they were introduced to the school in assembly - where they once again had to read their speeches, this time to the whole school.
When school raised money for Macmillan, the school council helped out at the Afternoon Tea by serving and selling some of the vast number of cakes that each class (and some very talented teachers) had baked for the occasion.
Leeds Youth Summit
Well done to all the school council members who were given the opportunity to give their opinions on how money in Leeds should be spent on children.
On Friday 1st March, the School Councillors went out to try and help improve the Westwood estate.
Along with Councillors from local government and a number of other volunteers, our School Councillors planted a number of apple trees on one of the fields near the bottom of the hill. This was done in the hope that the trees would help stop the field from flooding whenever it rained.
Last year one of the first big tasks that the new School Council were tasked with was introducing the idea of British Values to the school in a way they could understand.
In an assembly lead by the children, the school council introduced 5 new awards that would become part of life at Westwood:
The Democracy Award
The Tolerance Award
The Respect Award
The Rules Award
The Individual Liberty Award
Part of this involved a competition to design the prizes for these awards - 5 special Pokemon style cards that represent each of the values. The children's aim would be to collect all five by the end of the year.
Below you can see the winning designs.