The children here have a pivotal part to play in the development and future of our school. We believe that children of all ages should have a voice within their school and begin to make and shape decisions that directly affect them.
All of the children in the groups listed below have been democratically decided by their peers.
Here are some of the ways the children at John T. Rice are involved in sharing their ideas, supporting one another and shaping the future of our school community.
The school librarians meet every Friday to audit and sort the library and reading books. They work in a team and always have fun while they do their job. An important part of their role is to identify books that are in need of restoration and pass on their ideas about what books the library needs in order to boost its stock.
The playground Pals have a vital role during playtimes and lunchtimes. They are responsible for the playground equipment and set up a section of the playground for children to come into to play.
They have a clear understanding that part of their role is to support other children with positive play.
Our school council is elected at the start of the year and children exercise their democratic vote. Each class selects two representatives who will best share the views of their class when in council meetings. The council meet at least once a term to organise school events and use their voice to suggest changes and adaptions that will benefit the school.
The children who form the Eco Warriors group were again, democratically elected by their peers. Their role is to support our school in being an eco friendly site. They meet at least once a term with the Eco leader Mrs Booth to discuss ways to ensure our school community are eco-friendly and they are always looking to develop ideas. We currently have an on school wildlife area which includes a pond, a school allotment where produce is grown and is free for parents to take, we save electricity by turning off lights, compost our fruit waste and recycle paper in all classes.