Culture of open communication and constructive feedback.
The Class Council for each class generally convenes once a week. Within this forum the school children can discuss current class issues, or concerns and challenges within the class. The Class Council is a training ground for open communication and constructive, sympathetic interaction.
Our school building is regularly redecorated by the Pupils’ Council.
Each class is represented on the Pupils’ Council by an elected member. The Pupils’ Council consults on ideas and suggestions from the classes and develops ideas for their implementation. This means the Pupils’ Council can help shape the Elementa school community and school-house culture. On the Pupils’ Council, they learn to formulate their own thinking, to discuss and weigh things up in a committee environment, and also respect the opinions and interests of others. Projects implemented by the Pupils’ Council include designing the playground, seasonal school-building decoration, organising sledging and other activities, and plenty more.
Expanding social skills.
Dispute resolution is a form of constructive conflict resolution that uses a particular method. For minor disputes and conflicts the dispute resolvers act as an impartial third party and as negotiators. All children undergo basic training in class 5/6, and anyone who is interested can do further training. They then work as mentors, or peer coaches in the area of conflict management in the playground.
They are supported by one of the teaching staff, who helps them reflect on the outcome.
The common goal is to find a solution that ensures nobody loses.
Flair for text and visual design.
With the school newspaper, the school children create their own medium, independently. It includes colourful reports about projects, school life, stories and poems, brain-teasers and much more. The editorial team consists of interested children with a flair for journalistic and design work.