Roles, Responsibilities and Rewards
Roles and Responsibilities
At Parsons Down Partnership, the children are given the opportunity to take on responsibilities within school. There are a number of roles that the children can put themselves forward for. Volunteers are then either selected by the appropriate member of staff or by a class vote.
School Councillors - School councillors meet regularly, with the deputy headteacher, to discuss ways they would like to improve school. They lead class council sessions within their own classes and lead initiatives from improving lunchtimes to raising money for charity.
Junior School House Captains - Children are split between four houses across the partnership: Beacon, Coombe, Ridgeway and Watership. They receive house points by earning Learning Gems and competing at events such as Sports Day. We have 2 Upper School House Captains for each house.
Eco-Committee - At Parsons Down Partnership, we are taking part in the Eco-Schools programme. Eco-Schools is a worldwide educational programme designed to raise environmental awareness amongst young people. Our committee is changed annually, with 1 child representative and 1 deputy from each class chosen.
Energy Monitors - These children are selected in classes and are responsible for making sure lights and electronic equipment are turned off when not needed.
Litter Monitors - 2 monitors are chosen per class. Their job is to litter pick in the playground and on the field at lunchtime.
Junior School Monitors - We have various Year 6 Monitors at our Junior School who help with the day-to-day running of the School: ICT/Assembly Monitors run Powerpoints in assembly; Recycling Monitors empty the paper bins around the school and make sure the school environment is clean and tidy; Hall Monitors are responsible for making sure food waste and crisp packets are recycled properly at lunchtime.
Year 6 School Librarians - Year 5 children apply in writing for the position of librarian towards the end of the Summer Term. 10 applicants are chosen and begin their training in Year 6. They work in pairs and one lunchtime a week. Duties include reshelving returned books and keeping the library tidy.
Children across the Partnership are given various awards for exceptional work as well as rewards for good behaviour.
Merit Marks - At the Junior School, Merit Marks are given for exceptional work or for standing out at lunchtime as being particularly well behaved. The children are given Merit Mark cards. When these are completed, children are rewarded with badges which progress from bronze badge to amethyst star.
Learning Gems - Learning Gems are given to children who display positive behaviour and learning skills throughout their day at school. We use 6 gems across the Partnership - Diamond (for solving problems); Emerald (for attempting new challenges); Sapphire (for coping with distractions); Amethyst (for working as part of a group); Ruby (for being kind/caring for our environment) and Topaz (for sharing ideas and valuing yourself and others). Learning Gems go towards house points and the winning house is revealed in assembly on a Friday.