School Parliament

Alverton School Parliament

At Alverton, we try to involve the children in many different aspects of school life. One of the ways in which we do this is through the Alverton School Parliament.

Through the Alverton School Parliament there are many opportunities for the children to be represented and their opinions heard, enabling us to include their views in our decision making and planning.

The Alverton School Parliament is elected every July following the annual Hustings in a private ballot. The thirteen ministers are: Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Speaker, Library and Finance (x2), Sport and Recreation (x2), Music and Drama (x2), Creative Arts (x2), Health and Environment (x2). Ministers are all in Year 6.

Ministers have to sign a pledge agreeing that they will be great representatives for Alverton School, setting an example to others with their manners and behaviour, showing respect to everyone and helping to develop their area of responsibility.


Recent news from the Alverton School Parliament

  • An article about traffic around the school has been written for the Friday News.
  • Sports Relief activities were planned with Mrs Daylak and Miss Andrew.
  • Posters were designed and sent home asking for old shirts for Art.
  • The Book Oscars have been organised with Mrs Clive and Mrs Petty.
  • A request for funding for table tennis tables was made to the FOAS. These have arrived and there will be table tennis clubs next term.
  • Some Ministers are working with Mrs Hall to improve the markings on the infant playground.
  • Following a consultation on the Homework Policy, the Ministers’ suggestions of a Homework Club will start next term.
  • There was a discussion about the school’s Single Equality Scheme and equality and fairness at school – everyone felt strongly that all children at the school were treated fairly and equally. It was raised that boys have more Football time than girls at lunchtimes and Mrs O’Rourke and the lunchtime staff have looked at this.
  • Initial ideas have been discussed of how we could develop the field so that it could be used at lunchtime all year round.

The Alverton Book Oscars

Recently, Alverton School celebrated the annual World Book Day with its fifth Book Oscars. It was a day of awards, amazing costumes and a few villainous characters. In the run-up to the Oscars, which were on 5th March, the Library and Finance Ministers- accompanied by Little Red Riding Hood (Mrs Petty) and the Queen of Hearts (Mrs Wicks) – judged the winners.

On the day of World Book Day, everyone came in fantastic costumes. There were Where’s Wally, Daisy the Cow, the Mad Hatter and other famous faces.

In the afternoon Mrs Petty and the team set up the hall for the Oscars. May we just say it was amazing! As the classes packed in, Sherlock Holmes (Mr Higgs) took his place to host the awards. Each teacher – dressed in awesome costumes – presented the awards. Then came the time of the overall Ultimate Book Oscar which was won by Eve in Year 6 who nominated Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. We also must not forget Mrs O’Neill who won the Staff Oscar and collected her award dressed as an Oompah-Loompah. Congratulations to all the winners.

At the end of the day, it was a whole day full of reading and dressing up.

Written by Cara and Josie (Library and Finance Ministers)