The Junior Leaders at Hampton Junior School include: House Captains, Sports Crew, School Council and Pupil Parliamentarians. Each group has an important role to play within the school community and are carefully selected each year.
The House Captains are two year six children from each house, giving a total of 8 children. A very sought-after role in school: the process requires children to write and deliver a speech to all the children in their house. The children then vote for one boy and one girl candidate and the votes are tallied. House captains are not only the head of their house, they recruit, coach and facilitate inter-house competitions each term and help with the smooth running of sports day each summer. They have also been involved in other special activities in the past such as our 2018 sports quiz.
Sports crew is a group of 40 – 50 children from years 5 and 6 who run sports and games activities on the playground each day at lunch time. Each member is assigned a day of the week and a sport and work together in small groups to engage children in playtime activities. Sports crew also help with the HISN sports day in the summer term. It is a voluntary job so any children motivated and enthusiastic about the role are able to participate.
One school councillor is elected from each class (and two from each year 6 class) by their classmates through a speech and voting process. The council meet regularly to discuss student ideas for school improvement and relay messages to and from their classmates. The school council has an instrumental role in large projects such as the new playground equipment and will continue to be involved in other school improvement projects this year. As part of the role they report to the Governors. Last year they raised over £300 for charities including sport relief and Children’s Aid through various events and wristband sales around the school. They have also introduced the new behaviour award which members of school council hand out each week to a deserving winner.
The school participates in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames pupil parliament initiative whereby two year 6 students are elected by the rest of the school. The Pupil Parliament was established by Richmond borough in 1994 with the aim of helping primary school pupils to become directly involved in citizenship and promoting British values. Pupils debate and contribute their views to the borough council on many issues, including sports and recreation, the school curriculum, as well as wider issues such as anti-racism and immigration.