Each year a new school council is elected at St. Matthew's. The pupils talk about what qualities a good councillor would need and then put themselves forward as a candidate. During election week each class fills in a ballot paper to choose one girl and one boy from each class. The council representatives from the previous year count the votes and then run a special assembly to welcome the new councillors.
The school council meet each week with Mrs Molloy to discuss lots of ideas about how to improve school. These include making the dinner hall more pleasant by brightening up the tables and have a menu board and lunchbox trolleys. They have planted new flowers in the outside tubs and made notices for cloakrooms to encourage pupils to be in class promptly.
School council also link with the community and visit local businesses to advertise school events and to collect contributions for our summer and Christmas events. They often represent school when visiting hospitals and old people's homes to present money or harvest food from fundraising events.
Many of pupils in school enjoy chatting to our school councillors to share their thoughts about our school and to put forward ideas to be discussed at the meeting.