St Matthews is very proud that its students wish to play an active part in the schools development and progress and to help facilitate this several groups are in place for student representatives to be given a place to discuss and voice their opinions and ideas on a variety of key areas.
The MATTERS groups are pupil-elected committees with representatives from every class, across the school. They meet termly to discuss issues affecting the school and its community, such as pupil well being, developing the school grounds and contributing to discussions concerning school policies and the continual development of St Matthew's.
A smaller, executive group made up of children from years 5 and 6 meets weekly with a staff member to discuss more immediate planning of activities and events.
Each meeting is fully minuted and is run by the elected senior members of the pupil council, comprising of: Chair, Secretary, Vice Chair, Associate Secretary and Proof Readers. All children are represented by one voice because "IT MATTERS".
The children in our InSpire group are from KS2 and nominated themselves as individuals who are enthusiastic to develop both the ethos of St Matthews School and promote the happiness and well being of others. They meet half termly to discuss ideas and are involved in the planning and delivery of school assemblies, services in Church and specific focuses such as ‘Inter-faith Week’. The group has already generated ideas which have made a difference to school life such as development of quiet areas around the playgrounds which can be used for reflection in play times.
Our recently appointed team of librarians have been the driving force behind our World Book Day initiatives and ideas for further developing a love and enjoyment of reading at St. Matthew’s.
To further promote the ethos and attitude of a love for reading for purpose and pleasure, we regularly hold reading celebrations. To celebrate World Book Day all children were invited to come dressed as their favourite traditional tale character. In addition, children are often encouraged to enter Young Writer competitions where successful entries are presented in an official published book.
At St Matthew’s we recognise the need to develop children’s understanding of sustainable living. Within school we have a eco committee group who meet regularly to decide how to develop the school grounds, raise awareness of litter and how to save energy. In order to promote this within school we have been awarded the Bronze Award Status for Eco-Schools. Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.
The Eco-Schools initiative will allow the children at St Matthew’s to: Develop a stimulating place in which to learn, whilst reducing the environmental impact of the whole school on the community. Help children become more effective citizens by encouraging them to take responsibility for the future of their own environment. Engaged pupils in the whole process, including monitoring, action planning and decision-making, leads to genuine ownership of the programme and an increase in their sense of responsibility for the school environment and local area.
The IT Megabytes group meet to discuss any and all aspects of IT within the school. They are responsible for suggesting new equipment or software they believe would be of benefit as well as providing support for their fellow pupils in the use of the schools IT. The group also involves themselves with awareness schemes such as internet safety and they present information in assemblies.