The school council has representatives (a boy and girl from each class) that are democratically elected in September. They meet on Thursday afternoons with Captain Birtchnell and Mr Thornes. They have a specific code of conduct and there are high expectations of pupils who are on the council in terms of presentation and responsibility.
The council fulfil many duties, they help organise special events and days like MUFTI days or Red Nose Day events. They organise charity work (this year is cancer research) and organise events to help raise funds. They interview applicants for jobs, and regularly meet with the Headteacher to discuss issues that are pertinent to student wellbeing. They also arrange to meet several other key people from our community and beyond, previously they have met their local M.P. Richard Fuller and Mayor Dave Hodgson amongst others.
The council are encouraged to communicate between the council and their class, and it’s their responsibility to speak to their form about the discussions from council as well as bring their fellow pupil’s issues up in council. They must make notes in meetings and collect their minutes weekly from the library. Life in the council is never dull but is challenging and they play a vital role in our school!
A few years ago the school council started to create a recipe book called 'A Taste of Westfield'. The children, parents and staff were encouraged to contribute their favourite family recipes. The recipe book can be downloaded from the front page of the website. Many of our children have moved on to other schools and we feel it is time to have a second edition of the recipe book. All the children have been encouraged to bring in their favourite recipes so WATCH THIS SPACE for our new edition!
Recently the children in Year 7 and Year 8 took part in their own local elections for the Youth Parliament. All the children were given the oportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice. Click on the icon to see the results.
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A popular BBC broadcaster and former Westfield School pupil thrilled our students when she visited the school last week. Noreen Khan, who presents a daily programme on the BBC Asian network, took the time to come back to her old school and chat to the pupils about her life working in the media.
"I used to attend Westfield and loved my time there and I still have really fond memories of the teachers,” said Noreen. “It was lovely being invited back and being interviewed by the brilliant school council. It was great to see how the school has developed over the years and Westfield is definitely going from strength to strength. I was really proud seeing my old school doing so well."
Our Headteacher Karen Watts said: “It was wonderful to welcome Noreen back to Westfield and I am pleased that she had so many happy memories of our school. The pupils were so interested to hear about her life in the media and asked her lots of questions. We are very proud that she is one of our former pupils and is a great credit and inspiration to the school.”