At Norbury Manor Primary School we provide opportunities for our pupils to lead on different aspects of school life. click on the areas below to find out more.
Head Boy and Head Girl
Head Boy & Head Girl
Our Head Girls and Head Boys hold the responsibility to be the upmost example of our school RESPECT values. Students wanting to be considered are asked to put a presentation together underlining what would make them the best pupil representatives of Norbury Manor Primary and what value they would add to the position. They then present this to their peers, teachers and school council and ballots are taken in a fair democratic process.
Each year we elect 2 Head Girls and 2 Head Boys with their duties involving:
- Being a role model of RESPECT values at all times
- Greeting formal visitors to the school promoting RESPECT
- Providing guided tours for prospective parents and students promoting scholarship
- Be smartly dressed and presentable continually promoting RESPECT
What is a School Council?
A school council is a formal group of pupils within a school who are elected by their peers to represent them and their views.
Why have a School Council?
Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives. A school council can provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them. School councils are an excellent way in which to increase participation, teaching young people about democracy, local and global citizenship and accountability.
Our School Council
The School Council consists of pupils from each class from Years 1-6. The main aim of the School Council is to give the children within our school community a ‘voice’. The School Council have a forum where they are able to discuss issues that are important to themselves and the other children within the school. All School Council members are issued with a badge so that they are easily identified by the other children. School Councillors are elected by children and stand in office for a year.
Any child who is interested in becoming a council member must put together a proposal highlighting issues they would tackle if they were to be elected. These proposals are then read out to the class and the pupils vote for the chilid they want to represent the class. This takes place in September.
Roles and Responsibilites
The School Council meet regularly to discuss issues and give feedback on things that have been raised at the class meetings. Once an outcome has been agreed the School Council feedback to their class and share the minutes of the meeting. The School Councillors have the opportunity to meet with the school governors to discuss any issues, and ideas that they might have regarding the well being of the children.
Rights Respecting School
The School Award
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is all about making sure that our children know and understand their rights by learning to respect the rights of others. We put the United Nations Convention of the Rights of a Child (UNCRC) at the heart of our planning, policies and practice. A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. There are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting school; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem. The difference that a Rights Respecting School makes goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community.
Children are healthier and happier
By promoting the values of respect, dignity and non-discrimination, children’s self-esteem and wellbeing is boosted and they are less likely to suffer from stress. A child who understands their rights understands how they and others should be treated and their sense of self-worth is strengthened.
Children feel safe
The Rights Respecting Schools Award gives children a powerful language to use to express themselves and to challenge the way they are treated. They are also able to challenge injustices for other children. Children and young people are empowered to access information that enables them to make informed decisions about their learning, health and wellbeing.
Children have better relationships
Both with their teachers and their peers, based on mutual respect and the value of everyone’s opinion. In a Rights Respecting school children are treated as equals by their fellow pupils and by the adults in the school. Children and young people are involved in how the Award is implement in the school but are also involved in strategic decision-making; in decisions about their learning; and in views about their well-being.
Children become active and become active in school life and the wider world
This builds their confidence to make informed decisions. They have a moral framework, based on equality and respect for all that lasts a lifetime, as they grow into engaged, responsible members of society. Children and adults develop an ethos and language of rights and respect around the school. Rights and principles of the Convention are used to put moral situations into perspective and consider rights-respecting solutions – this all has a huge impact on relationships and well-being. Children and young people get very involved in raising awareness about social justice issues, both at home and abroad. They become ambassadors for rights and take part in campaigns and activities to help to bring about change.
The Norbury Manor Primary School Young Interpreter scheme aims to provide additional support to pupils who are learning English as an Additional Language (EAL).
The scheme recognises the huge potential that exists within the school community for pupils of all ages. It encourages them to use their skills and knowledge to support new learners of English so that they feel safe, settled and valued from the start. It does not replace the need for buddies, but adds to it and is a means of providing more extensive peer support.
Young Interpreter Training
Young Interpreters undergo specific training to prepare for this very special role and are selected on the basis of different personal qualities they may have and their language skills . The support they can offer to a newly-arrived pupil can be very reassuring from a parent or carer’s point of view, especially at a time when their child may be adapting to substantial changes. They learn to clarify, explain and inerpret the wide range of school activities, systems and procedures to new entrants.
Safety net & Safeguarding
Young interpreters do not replace the need for professional adult interpreters but can provide a ‘safety net’ of reassurance for the young people in the school setting and also an initial communication link to reassure parents. The young interpreters are trained and guided by a designated member of the school staff who ensures safeguarding procedures are followed.
Crest Science Award
What is Crest?
CREST is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. It helps young people become independent and reflective learners through enquiry-based project work.
Star Award for 5-7 Years
Star Awards are a great introduction to problem-solving in STEM. They offer children the opportunity to learn through hands-on challenges that focus on their everyday lives.
The children must complete eight Star activities and record these in their CREST Star passport. Each activity takes around an hour and involves solving a real-world problem.
The children gain an appreciation of investigative work and develop key skills. After completing all eight challenges, each child receives a CREST Star certificate and iron-on badge.
Super Star Award 7-11 Years
SuperStar Awards are a great introduction to problem-solving in STEM. They offer children the opportunity to learn through hands-on challenges by exploring the world around them.
The children will complete eight SuperStar activities and record these in their CREST SuperStar passport. Each one takes around an hour and involves solving a real-world problem.
The children develop their investigative and teamwork skills. After completing all eight challenges, each child will receive a CREST SuperStar certificate and iron-on badge.
Each of Norbury Manor classes has an Ambassador who will introduce themselves to school guests, describe their responsibility and talk about the objective of the learning that is taking place in the class. The Ambassador will guide guests throughout the class, show them work and learning taking place plus discussing the targets and displays making guests feel welcome.
Class Ambassadors are chosen as they truly represent what our RESPECT values mean and always 'Make Every Moment Count'.
Each year Key Stage two pupils are trained to become Playground Leaders. They receive training to lead pupils in structured, fun games at lunchtime. The Playground leaders are taught skills such as communication, fair play, organising groups/teams and the STEP principle (space, task, equipment, people)