School Council - At St Joseph's, the school council members are elected each year. Those pupils who are keen to represent their class and our school in this capacity prepare a short speech which they present to their peers early in the Autumn Term. Each child then gets to vote, with the winning candidate being elected as the councillor and vice councillor.
The members of the school council meet regularly to discuss whole school issues and help make decisions for the benefit of the school. Once a term, they report and feedback to governors on the work they have completed.They take minutes and publish these on their display board which is located outside Mrs Burke's and Mrs Taylor's office.
Children also have the opportunity for their voice to be heard via the school council or through pupil questionnaires. The school governors also encourage the use of pupils being able to communicate to them.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Within our Mission Statement, two of our aims are based upon respect.
- To ensure that the life and curriculum of the school celebrates and respects the differing ethnic, social, spiritual and cultural backgrounds present in the school and society.
- To expect high standards of behaviour, courtesy and respect endangering a spirit of co-operation, kindness and compassion within the school community.
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE, PSHE, e-safety and anti- bullying week. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Our community celebration event every year promotes understanding of different faiths, beliefs and cultures. We celebrate festivals from all religions and visit different places of worship.