School Council

Our School Council.
Our UNICEF Ambassadors 2019/2020

We have selected eight UNICEF Ambassadors to help us implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child throughout the school. To help us achieve our Gold Rights Respecting School Award.

The Multi School Council

Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.

Some of our children attended the latest Multi School Council meeting at Doucecroft School. Over 50 children from 10 schools across the local area, came together to discuss many issues that affect them. We talked about sports, keeping healthy, mental health, how to raise money for charity and how to make more sport opportunities available to children.

The children played an active role in the question and answer sessions, making some excellent suggestions and observations. They also took notes, that they will pass on at our next School Council meeting.

At the next meeting in January we will be discussing climate change and what can be done to help.

Our School Council - What We Do!

Children’s University

Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.

On Friday 29th November 2019 one of our former pupils led an assembly advocating Children’s University. Discussing the benefits of joining the Children's University.

St John’s Green Primary School - Club Day 2019

It was fantastic to see the myriad of club uniforms displayed by the children. The range and variety of clubs that children attend after school on display was vast. We had been promoting this day as part of our Rights Respecting School work and some of the articles directly linked to after school activities. Article 6: I should be supported to live and grow. Article 15: I have the right to meet with friends and to join groups. Article 31: I have the right to relax and play. Some of the clubs represented included horse riding, martial arts, golf, football, rugby, cricket, cubs, beavers, rainbows, brownies, scouts, swimming, trampolining, boxing, acting and dance.

Cry in the Dark Appeal 2019/2020

Cry in the Dark are a charity who work across Romania, supporting children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses, as well as children in need in their local area. They provide health care, family support, access to educational resources and hospice care for these children, ensuring they have the best quality of life they can. Every year, Cry in the Dark run their own shoebox appeal for the children they work with. The appeal this year will ensure 1700 children will receive a Christmas gift they otherwise would not. By supporting the charity, we will help CitD to ensure the children in their care are given the rights deserved by all children, specifically;


Article 23: You have the right to special care and education if you have a disability, so that you can live a full life.

Article 24: You have the right to the best healthcare possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food to eat, a clean and safe environment and information to help you stay well.

Article 28: You have the right to access a good quality education

Article 31: You have the right to play and rest

Freda Gunton Lodge

Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.

Every Thursday morning, six children from Year 4 make the weekly visit to see the residents of Freda Gunton Lodge in Colchester, a local residential care home.

The children spend 30 minutes reading their story books and chatting with the residents in the lounge. Six children are selected from our Yr4 classes each week to ensure all children across the year group have the opportunity to visit and benefit from the trip. The children also join in activities, including decorating the dining area for the Royal Wedding and decorating the Christmas trees and hanging decorations for the resident lounge.


Article 29: Respect the rights of other people and the environment.

Our School Council have set up a new recycling system and we are now successfully recycling all of our paper on a weekly basis.

UNICEF - Rights Respecting School.

As a School, we are currently working towards becoming a Gold Rights Respecting School. This is a UNICEF award based on the following principles:

  • Equality 
  • Dignity 
  • Respect
  • Non-discrimination
  • Participation.

Our school councillors, led by Mr Folkard and Mrs Corani are our steering group to push forward this idea. Therefore, our main focus in school council meetings is discussing various rights from the UN Conventions of the right of a child (UNCRC).  The children then feedback to their classes the ideas we have discussed.  You can find a copy of the UNCRC below which is the document we use in our school council meetings.  

My Rights in a Day 2020

Our School Councillors worked with the children across the school in both thinking about and evidencing the ‘Rights’ that they experience in a day at school. The children drew, wrote, took photos and filmed. To illustrate that the Articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, are embedded in their daily school life. In essence, the children did three things. They ‘Hunted’ for their rights and how they were evidenced around our school. They thought about who ‘Defends’ their rights and how they defend them. They took the time to ‘Thank’ someone who protects their rights. Some of our children’s basic rights are: You have a right to—A home; An education; To relax and play; To a name and identity; To food and clean water; To be safe and protected; To live and develop healthily; To meet and join groups; To have a say in decisions made about you; To the language, customs and religions of your choice.