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Highfields Primary School

School Council

Highfields School Council

Highfields School Council gives children the opportunity to make their voices heard and feel part of the whole school community.


Councillors gather views, ideas and questions from classes on a range of topics. The School Council also share ideas and hold discussions with pupils and then feedback during meetings.

School Council 2019-20

Two pupils from every class from years 2 to 6 have been nominated to represent their class on the school council this year. Children were asked to prepare a talk outlining why they felt they would be suitable to represent their class and put ideas forward to help improve systems in our school.  Their classmates voted democratically  and the following children will be meeting fornightly with Mrs Cook and Ms King


Year 2

   Deepak & Emily

Year 3

   Abby & William

Year 3- 4

   Elizabeth and Issy

Year 4      

   Olivia and Luka

Year 5

   Arthur, Ruby, Oscar and Astrid

Year 6

   Felicity, Amy, Harry and Maddie

Here are some of the projects our School Council have addressed.


Fund raising

Members of the School Council had the opportunity to plant crocus bulbs donated by the Rotary Club of Manningtree Stour Valley as part of the Purple4Polio campaign.

School Councillors share information and ideas from their meetings.

Highfields Music Garden - Summer

Now that we are in the Summer Term, things in the Music Garden have really started growing.

School Council members have been working hard putting wood chips on the paths.

Representatives sharing ideas at a School Council meeting.


Armistice Day


School Council members, together with pupils from Years 5 and 6, participated in the Armistice Day Service in Manningtree on 11th November. 


Two children laid a wreath of poppies at the War Memorial, and then everyone had the opportunity to lay a small, wooden cross in remembrance of all those who have died in wars and conflicts.


Members of the School Council have been busy planting in the Music Garden.

Members of the School Council were busy planting a new hedge on Friday 26th February. 

The hedge is part of the new Music Garden which they are developing. 


Thanks go to Mrs Filmer for all her work in planning the Music Garden and organising the 


Also to David Martin Group estate agents in Manningtree, for a donation towards the cost of the hedging plants. 

Over half-term, the new music garden has been landscaped, and totally transformed from the

previously unusable area.

As well as paths to explore, a hard-standing area has been added.

The next phase will be to raise funds to buy plants and instruments for the garden.



A group of volunteers from the AXA Insurance Hearts in Action programme spent the day working with members of the School Council on Wednesday 20th May.

They are hoping to transform part of their school grounds into an outdoor music area, which can be used and enjoyed by everyone. The space was overgrown with brambles and bushes, so the team from AXA stepped in to help with the initial clearing. The difference they made in one day was amazing

Working to clear the music garden area.

We are hoping to create an outdoor music area.


Currently, that part of our school field is not used much, because it is quite overgrown.

Our first task is to get the area cleared. We have already cleared away litter which was there

and started measuring the area.