Drumbeat ensures that pupils have a voice and that their voice is listened to. Children and Young People will be active participants in their own learning and in decision-making processes of the school.
As part of this Drumbeat has a School Council, which aims to ensure that the views of the whole school community are heard, including young people who find difficulty expressing their needs, interests and desires.
We run two School Councils, one at Downham and the other at Brockley.
Please see the bottom of the page for an archive of School Council minutes.
School Council Visit with the Mayor of Lewisha
Early in the term the School Council received an invitation for 5 School Councilors to visit the Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock. Aisla, Brad, Ben, Ibby and Tyrese were voted to attend by the School Council and they went to the Civic Suit on Friday 6th December.
We were met by Katy Brown, who we know from the Young Mayor elections, and shown into the Council Chambers (where the Council meet) to meet the last Young Mayor Jamel who told us what he had done over the year and answered questions. Tyrese asked an excellent question about housing and Katy read out our School Council suggestions for Lewisham Council.
After this we went to meet the ‘old Mayor’ in his chambers. Sir Steve had laid on drinks and biscuits for us and the other school Councils who had come. He then introduced himself and we all asked questions. Lots of students asked him how long he had been Mayor and what inspired him and questions like that. Tyrese asked whether he could make our football arena bigger, he couldn’t, but sympathised with us as he remembered loosing balls on the roof when he was a boy. Ben asked whether all parking could be free in Lewisham? The Mayor said there had been some changes and would continue to look at the options. Saturdays are free till Xmas. Ibby gave the Mayor a copy of our suggestions for the council and the Mayor answered each of these.
He then got out the Mayoral chain of office and we were able to handle and look at the gold medallion. The Mayor thanked us all for coming and said that this was the part of his job he enjoyed the most. We had a photo opportunity with Sir Steve and each showed him a piece of work before we left as you will see.
I was so proud of the way our 5 students represented Drumbeat and of the quality and clarity of their questions. They were not phased at all by the formality and showed that they knew exactly how to behave and conduct themselves. Well done everyone!
Please click here to see more pictures of the vist.