School Committees & Leadership
St Peter’s provides many opportunities for children to take on positions of responsibility. Children are elected by their peers and are encouraged to use their voice to make things happen and implement new initiatives. We have Young Leaders who lead play activities with younger children, School Prefects who act as ambassadors for the school and also Sports Leaders who co-ordinate Sports and PE activities.
The School Council
St Peter’s believes that the children should decide what they like about their school and what they would like to see improved. Children canvass their peers and put forward suggestions for changes they would like to see. The Council is also involved in organising regular charity events or fundraising for local, national and international charities. Recent examples are a Danceathon for the NSPCC and a Ghana Day to raise funds for our link school. The Council also becomes involved in decisions around daily routines in school to ensure that the pupils' voice is heard. Each summer, the Council organises a whole school Charity Day, which is organised entirely by the children.
The Fairtrade Committee
This committee is responsible for ensuring that Fairtrade issues are promoted both within the school and the community. Issues surrounding justice and equality feature prominently in the curriculum and children understand that they have a voice which can influence and raise awareness. The committee organise events for Fairtrade Fortnight and also run stalls at Parents’ Evenings and the Christmas Fair which support Fairtrade projects around the world. They also lead whole school assemblies to ensure that everyone is up to date with the school’s status as a Fairtrade Achiever School. As example of the power of pupil voice, in 2017, children met with local MP, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt to discuss Fairtrade issues. He then took their question forward to the Department for International Trade and Development.
Our Eco Committee representatives ensure that the school is doing as much as possible to reduce waste and energy use. They monitor energy levels and recycling in the school and also come up with new initiatives support sustainability. We are working towards The Green Flag Award and the committee works together with adults from the school community to ensure that we are doing as much as possible in this area. Through this prominent Eco message children learn that they are responsible for the planet and its resources. They also understand that decisions made in one part of the world affect the lives of people in other places.
In August 2017 St Peter's was awarded the British Council's International Award at Intermediate level. We are now working hard to gain the full accreditation. While we have global learning embedded in some areas of the curriculum, we shall now aim to increase this by establishing some collaborative learning with schools overseas. The new committee will be communicating our progress and encouraging all pupils to extend their global awareness and understanding of other cultures and lifestyles.
Our Worship Committee form an integral part of the spiritual ethos in the school. The Committee members liaise with their classes on worship themes and assist in assemblies. They also play an important role in liaising with other Church schools to enhance the quality of worship. The children meet regularly in each others' schools and at Guildford Cathedral to share ideas and experiences.