At Penoweth School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
Rule of Law
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the School Council, class discussions and Pupil Focus Groups. The elections of members are based on pupil votes and the as the Deputy Mayor is a Governor at the school, she is regularly involved in these processes. We have regular visits from the Redruth Council and the elected chair of the local Chamber of Commerce.
As a School Council, we are working together to make Pennoweth an even more productive learning environment. In order to do this, we share our thoughts and ideas on how to make the most of our learning opportunities. Children are involved in deciding what topics they choose to study, help decide upon playground developments and are involved in interviewing candidates when making staff appointments.
Meet the Council!
The School Councillors represent their fellow pupils from each class throughout the school. Each councillor is elected by their classmates at the beginning of the school year after a short presentation explaining their qualities and why they should be elected. Here is our current team of School Councillors:
1EL – Harry
2CHT – Ella
3/4RT – Natalia
3/4SD – Harley
4HN – Kade
5/6 DS – Faith
5/6PB – Jasmine S
What have we done so far?
During our first meeting, we were invited by the Redruth Youth Council to attend a meeting at the Town Council offices. Not only did we meet the Mayor (and try on his Chain of Office) but we also had the opportunity to voice our opinions on how Redruth should be developed in the future. We worked really hard with School Councillors from other local schools and as a reward the Mayor treated us to some pizza!
Each year the Year 6 children visit London and The Houses of Parliament to see where and how issues that affect our lives are discussed and laws decided. We access the Government transport subsidy to enable this to happen.
At another recent meeting, we had the chance to meet with Mr Seth (the Chair of Governors) and help him to discover more about the thoughts and feelings of Pennoweth pupils. Over the next term, we will be running meetings in our own classes and feeding back our ideas to Mr Seth at Redruth Town Council offices.
In the future, we look forward to working closely with the school Eco-Council in order to help Pennoweth go green!