The voice of the pupils at Mandeville is of utmost importance. In line with this belief, and to allow the children of all ages in the school an opportunity to share their ideas and opinions, the whole school meets in small groups to discuss topical issues to improve their school.
The meetings occur each month and, although a staff member is present in each group, the representatives from Year 6 chair and minute the meetings. All other pupils in the school are divided amongst the groups in order to have a cross section of ages in each gathering. The agenda is created by the children and each meeting group puts together their ideas for consideration.
During each term, the charity the Mandeville Action Takers will support is agreed and fund raising ideas are decided upon. Money is raised for either a specific charity, such as the NSPCC, for an appeal, such as the Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Appeal, or for national television campaigns, for example Children in Need.
The pupils of Mandeville also raise money for their own Mandeville Action Takers account. This is a special fund that is saved for the items and ideas with which the children would like to improve their school. This money is only spent once the meeting groups have voted on any proposals that are put forward. The children are currently saving for a playshed.
The Mandeville Action Takers has in the past discussed with enthusiasm topics such as: the routines in the dining hall, the choice of new furniture in the entrance area to the school and ‘Huff and Puff’ equipment for playtimes.
The pupils at Mandeville Primary School are highly respected, as are their viewpoints and the decisions they make in Mandeville Action Takers groups. Through these meetings, the children begin to understand that they have a voice and that their voice is valued. They also, regardless of age, have an opportunity of learning how to share that voice in a formal setting.
The aims of Mandeville Action Takers are:
Over the years the there have been many successes. Here are some of them:
Currently, the members of the School Council are working on the following: