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We believe that the views, experiences and influence of our children are a crucial part of our drive to continuously improve our provision. We therefore seek ways to listen to the views of our pupils and involve them in decision-making so that they are engaged as partners in the life of the school. We create meaningful roles for pupils to allow them to develop leadership skills.


The school council team/eco team have worked extremely hard over the past few months gathering evidence for the Eco award. We have been awarded the Silver award for the excellent work the school has done in supporting our local and global environment- well done! 


School Council 2019-20

How can we improve our school environment for our wildlife?

After a walk around the school grounds, the school council decided that they wanted to improve the garden area to encourage more wildlife into the school grounds. The garden area already has one bird box and a raised bed but could be improved; as a council, we designed our own eco gardens where we thought carefully about how we would encourage a range of wildlife into the area. We also had to think about how we would keep the area safe and protected. 

Take a look at our garden area before it has been updated.


News update: School Council meet with the Canteen 

Yesterday, Wednesday 14th December, the school council arranged a meeting with the canteen to disucss packed lunches provided for school trips. The council wanted to share their ideas and changes for the future to improve.

These are as follows:

   All packed lunches to be provided with a bottle of water and a fruit juice. 

Children to either choose from a sandwich, baguette or wrap. 

More choice of fillings within sandwiches. 

A variety of snacks such as carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, bread sticks, cheese/crackers and dips. 

A wider variety of fruit available. 


The meeting was successful as we were able to use facts to back up our ideas. Such as: children aged 7-10 should have 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day and 5-8 year olds need 5 glasses of water a day. 


The school council are in the process of arranging a meeting with Mr Shirley to disucss our ideas further. 

 School Council News Update- Autumn

So far this year, new council members have been elected and are doing an amazing job representing the peers in their class. The school council members held a democratic vote for the specific roles within the committee. These can been seen below in the school constitution. Council members asked their peers what they thought the 'Ideal Pupil' was at Callington primary School. All of the children came up with so many fantastic ideas- the ideal pupil will then be given to all classes to be displayed in their classroom. Make sure you keep up to date with school council news by checking out the minutes taken from each meeting- these will be displayed on the school council board. 


CPS School council constitution

                                       Fair Trade Baking to Raise Money for New Library Furniture


The school council worked tirelessly to bake hundreds of Fair Trade Chocolate Crispy Cakes in order to help raise money to buy some new furniture for the school Library. The Crispy Cakes went down a treat and helped to raise £47 pounds to go towards the new furniture. Stay tuned out what the next year's school council representatives decide to do to help raise money for the library.



School Council News update- Summer


Some of the school council went to visit Little Harbour Children’s Hospice on Monday 1st June. Little Harbour was chosen by the whole school as the charity it would like to support, locally. Little harbour provides care and respite for children with life limiting illnesses and conditions. The children in the school council had a tour of the amazing facilities at the Hospice and met some of the wonderful people who help to support and care for the children and families that stay there. At the end of the tour, the children presented the Hospice with a cheque for £1436.50 which was raised during the Great Callington Run. The Hospice will be able to use this money to purchase important resources to help to enhance the lives of the children in their care. Photos from the day are on the school website.






The School Council are currently in the process of deciding how to raise money for more chairs in the Library. They have come up with the idea to raise money and make the school more Fair Trade Friendly. They will be creating a break time Fair Trade Tuck shop. The school council are currently in the process of planning for the Tuck Shop. More news to follow.



School Council News Update- Spring

The school council has been busy meeting weekly to discuss ways in which they can continue to improve their school. Recently, they decided that in order to ensure that the school was being as eco-friendly as possible, that each class should elect an ‘Eco Hero’ .Each class has now elected an ‘Eco Hero and the school council have devised a list of things that the ‘Eco Hero’ must check on a weekly basis. The school council also ran a competition for pupils to design an ‘Eco Hero’ logo to display in each class. This week they decided on a winner. 
The Winner of the ‘Eco Hero’ logo competition is Amy in Year 5. Well done Amy! Her logo will be displayed in every class to let visitors know who the class ‘Eco Hero’ is.
The school council are now currently in consultation with Mrs Barrington to help decide what the summer lunch menu should contain. Keep your eyes peeled for updates in the school newsletter and website!

 School Council News Update- Autumn

So far this year, the school council has already made an impact on making Callington primary School an even better place to go to school. Minutes from each meeting are displayed outside the office- these will give you details of what we do in each of our meetings.

Recently we have;
 decided on three charities to support and raise money for as a school. These are; Shelterbox, The National Trust and Little Harbour ( a local children's charity)

decided how to spend £500 on new play time equipment for the whole school

spent 1148 Morrisons vouchers on a new planter and seeds for the outdoor area

                 CPS Student Council Constitution


Our Purpose

We are the voice of the students

  • We aim to get things done to make our school better.

  • To find ways to improve our school.

  • To give every pupil a voice and to make all decision making fair.


Membership and Elections

Any pupil of Callington Primary School can put themselves forward to be elected democratically. Each candidate will be given time to think of a speech to present their class which will explain why they think they would be the best person to represent the views of their class. Then the classes vote for the person who they feel would get the job done the best by writing down the name of the person they decide on. A vice school council rep will also be elected in case the other representative is absent.

Current School Council Members

Roles are selected in a democratic election process where members vote with a show of hands.

Chairperson: Jasmine

Vice Chair Person: Amelia

Governor Liaison Officer: Thomas

Public Liaison Officer: Bethany

Secretary: Daisy

Treasurer: James

Alerting Team: Hayden and Alex

Committee members: Darcie, Ethan, Mikolaj, Luke , Lauren

Link teacher: Miss Parker

Link Teaching Assistant: Miss Pendleton


Roles of the School Council Members

All members of the school council have a duty to report back any information they discuss to their classes, every week. They must also make sure they represent the views of every child in their own classes by sharing them at school council. They can record this information in their school council book.


Chairperson: The Chairperson runs the meetings. First, they read through the last week’s minutes to check they are a true reflection of what happened; if all members agree, the minutes are signed. The chair then forms and shares the meeting’s agenda with the school council and works through this.

Vice Chair Person: The Vice Chairperson needs to be prepared to lead the meeting if the Chair is absent. They also support the Chairperson in their role, when required. When the minutes have been signed, the Vice Chair takes them to the office to be filed.

Governor Liaison Officer: The Governor Liaison Officer writes reports for the School’s governing body. They tell them about all of the things the council has achieved and all of the ideas they would like to improve their school.

Public Liaison Officer: The Public Liaison Officer lets the whole school know what is going on in school council. They update the blog, provide write-ups for the newsletter and write up any news for the School Council display board.

Secretary: The secretary takes notes (minutes) in all meetings and ensures there are enough copies to be looked at for the next meeting. It is also their job to do the register.

Treasurer: The treasurer records of any money raised, donated or spent for the school council.

Alerting Team: The alerting team ensures that all children are aware when school council will take place.

Committee members: These members listen to the Chairperson and contribute their own and the ideas of their class and vote for any ideas put forward.



School council meetings are held every Thursday in Red 2. For the meeting to go ahead there must be at least 8 council members present. Decisions will be made using a hands up or blind voting system. If a decision can’t be reached, it will be put to the whole school. Ideas and questions are put to classes/the whole school before they are voted on in school council.


School Council Code of Conduct

As agreed by the School Council

  • to be on time to every school council meeting

  • to let the Chair know if I am unable to make a meeting

  • respect and listen to each other

  • Put your hand up if you want to speak

  • make decisions after we have listened to each other

  • always have the interest of the whole school at heart when making decisions

  • give all children a voice

  • have a positive 'can do' attitude


How all pupils can communicate with the School Council;


Everybody's views, ideas and opinions matter. All children and staff can contact a School Council representative in the following ways;


  • speak to a school council class representative when they are free or during their class feedback sessions

  • write down your suggestions and post them in the school council suggestion box; located at the office






The Ideal Pupil

Each school council representative asked their classes what they felt the ideal pupil should act and behave like in our school. As a result, the school council used the ideas of all of the children in the school to create the list below. These are the aims of all children at our school and can be seen across the school.


A Callington pupil will always;


  • Be kind and helpful to others

  • Be respectful to all everybody and their school environment

  • Be trustworthy

  • Obey the school rules

  • Persevere, even if they meet a challenge

  • Be prepared for the day

  • Be responsible

  • Try their best

  • Keep their selves and others safe

  • Attempt all work with 100% effort





This list was also compiled by the School Council. It is a list of characteristics and ideals which make Callington Primary School the school that it is.


1. Team work

2. High expectations

3. Supportive and encouraging

4. A place where achievements are celebrated

5. Exciting

6. Opportunities for everyone

7. A friendly and welcoming to everyone.

8. Everyone's equal



         School Council News Update- Autumn

So far this year, the school council has already made an impact on making Callington primary School an even better place to go to school. Minutes from each meeting are displayed outside the office- these will give you details of what we do in each of our meetings.


Recently we have;

  •  decided on three charities to support and raise money for as a school. These are; Shelterbox, The National Trust and Little Harbour ( a local children's charity)


  • decided how to spend £500 on new play time equipment for the whole school


  • spent 1148 Morrisons vouchers on a new planter and seeds for the outdoor area