Our Pupil Parliament was established in 2010 and took over from the original school council. Our aim was to give pupils a greater understanding of democracy and how decisions are made for the benefit of all people. Children decide to put themselves forward and deliver election speeches to their class. Formal elections (which are taken very seriously) are then held and a representative from each year group is appointed (two in Year 5 and 6). They meet at least once every half term and feedback to Mrs Hand on areas of concern, ideas for development and other school issues that might have been brought to their attention. Mrs Hand also raises questions and issues with them. Together they help move the school forward – recent areas of development include voting for the wearing of ties across the school, fund raising activities (pyjama day) and purchasing new books for the reading scheme. In recent years our Pupil Parliament have enjoyed visits to the real Houses of Parliament.
Our Eco Warriors were set up in 2009 to help the school gain bronze Eco status. That happened very quickly and soon we were gaining silver status then in 2011 were awarded our Green Flag. It was renewed in 2013 and we will be assessed again in 2019. Through regular meetings, the children make a positive contribution towards Graveley’s Green Flag school status. They organise events such as our annual Eco Day, undertake recycling, monitoring our water and electrical consumption and much more. They also take an active part in identifying areas of need within the school and planning ways forward. Pupils apply each year in writing to the Eco subject leader.
House were introduced in 2009 and their names were chosen through a competition – red ruby, blue sapphire, green emerald and yellow diamond. In 2015 new banners representing each house were put on display in the hall. House captains are chosen by the head teacher and announced in the final assembly of the year ready for the new academic year. House captains welcome visitors into school and play a key part in promoting the ethos of Graveley across the school. They very much represent the ‘face’ of Graveley.