“Children and young people have a right to express their views on matters that affect them and to have their views taken into account.”
Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Our School Parliament meets regularly each term and provides an opportunity for the pupils MPs to discuss items that are of interest and relevance to themselves and the pupils in the form which they represent.
Aims of the School Parliament
To give every child in the Middle and Upper School a chance to say what they want, knowing that they will be listened to and their views will be seriously considered. We want all children at St Piran’s to play an active and responsible part in the life of their school. Pupils at this school can become involved in decision-making activities related to many aspects of school life through School Parliament.
The School Parliament has responsibility for deciding which charities should be supported by the school each term on its Non-Uniform Day. It is composed of one representative from each Form throughout the Middle and Upper School.
Key attributes for School Parliament representatives are as follows:
· They need to be able to represent the views of their class in an enthusiastic manner.
· They need to have the ability to listen to others.
· They need to be able to state their views clearly and be able to compromise.
· They need to be reliable and organised.
· They should be confident at speaking in public.
Structure of the School Parliament
Each class group elects two members, the MP and a Deputy, to represent the class on the School Parliament.
The class will discuss any items of interest within their class group on a regular basis.
The MP will then write down any views which are then reported in the next session of Parliament.
School Parliament meets twice a term.
The MPs will report back to their class.