What are Little Stars and what do they do?
The Little Stars of Manor Field Infant School are the representative voice of the pupil body – they are elected by their peers to raise issues, make some whole-school decisions and improve the school for all the pupils.
In addition to representing pupil voice, Little Stars act as ambassadors for Manor Field Infant School. They might play a part in greeting visitors or welcoming new pupils, or they might be a representative of the school and its values on external visits (such as the annual Cranbourne Conference). As such Little Stars are expected to be a reflection of Manor Field’s Star Values and be an example to others by demonstrating those values and modelling expectations around school.
How are they chosen?
The Little Stars group is made up of a boy and girl from each class – 12 children in total. In the Autumn term each class elects their representatives through a secret ballot.
As part of this process each class discusses the purpose of the Little Star group and the process and importance of a democratic election. Emphasis is placed on the traits needed to be a successful Little Star – respectful, fair-minded, a confident speaker, someone who will represent the views of their classmates.
Individuals are nominated by their classmates and from this a shortlist is created. The children are then given that shortlist to vote from and the Little Stars are elected, before being awarded their Little Star caps in a special assembly.
Cranbourne Cluster Conference
Every year Cranbourne Secondary School hosts the Cranbourne Cluster Conference.
This is an opportunity for school council representatives from across Basingstoke to come together, engage with their peers and celebrate the important role they play in their school community. The children take part in a variety of activities and there is always a key speaker who delivers key messages for the children to bring back to their schools.