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 are trained to lead play activities with younger children, School Ambassadors who represent the school, an assembly team to set up and organise the hall for whole school gatherings and Sports Leaders who co-ordinate Sports and PE activities. House Captains are appointed to organise inter- house challenges and in Y5 children are responsible for keeping up the momentum for the Daily Mile across all year groups. From 2019 we have participated in programmes which encourage younger pupils to train as leaders.
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, Circuit Training for Sports Relief (led by a World Champion gymnast) and a Read-a-thon Ghana Day to raise funds for our link school. Each summer the School Council organises a whole school, children-led Charity Day which regularly raises in excess of 800 for the children's chosen charities. At Harvest and Christmas the children organise collections for the local Food Bank and for elderly in the local area. The Council also becomes involved in decisions around daily routines in school to ensure that the pupils' voice is heard. In July 2019 pupils raised £1052 for two local charities (in less than two hours) by organsing a charity fair on the school field.
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, 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 achieved the Green Flag Award in September 2019. The committee includes several adults as well as pupils from Y1 up. 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 2018 St Peter's was awarded the British Council's International Award . We established a Ghana Club to develop greater understanding of life at the school in Ghana and following collaborative links with two schools in France (pen pals and Skype), together with collaborative learning through the British Council's E-twinning site. The school is committed to furthering global awareness and an understanding of other cultures and lifestyles and is always open to new suggestions for promoting international collaborative projects and learning across borders. Clear links have been made in the curriculum which expose children to world views and literature. In June 2019 the school was a finalist in the TES national teaching awards in recognition of global learning and curriculum in the school.
Our Worship Committee forms 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. St Peter's committee visits other schools to deliver assemblies and welcomes children from other schools to present assemblies at St Peter's.
Healthy Schools Team
From Autumn 2018, a new Healthy Schools Team will seek their peers' views on a project focusing on 'the lunch time experience'. Physical Activity and support for Emotional Well- being have always featured prominently on the school's agenda, so children voted to look at ways to improve the lunch times at St Peter's. The project will feed into evidence for the Silver level of the Healthy Schools Award.
The library is staffed by Y6 pupils every lunch time. They organise book borrowing, monitor the system, arrange the books and help younger pupils to choose.