Pupil Advocates

Who We Are

Year 5 children in the Spring Term apply and are interviewed for the responsibility of being an advocate. In the Summer Term of Year 5 advocates are given 3 full days of Peer Mediation Training, ready to start their role in Year 6. Advocates wear a smart blazer and enjoy being ambassadors for the school.

Qualities we look for:

  • To be organised
  • To be a good listener
  • To be kind and empathetic to other children
  • To enjoy playing with and improving the experiences of younger pupils
  • To be able to speak your mind in a polite and constructive way

What We Do

We represent Churchfields Junior School by:

  • Showing visitors including parents and teachers round the school and explaining our school’s aims and ideas.
  • Being a positive role model for others.
  • Attending weekly sessions to discuss the progress of the advocacy programme.

We help teachers and other staff make Churchfields Junior School the best school we can by:

  • Assisting lower school staff and their classes.

Boy tying friend's shoelaces

Our Lunchtime Duties

We are available for half an hour at lunchtimes to carry out the following duties on a rotating basis:

Breaktimes:

  • Engaging with children who seem isolated at playtimes.
  • Solving conflicts and helping pupils to settle differences.
  • Liaise and assist the Midday staff where ever possible.

Wet play:

  • Assist a lower school class to encourage constructive activities.

News

Members

pupil

I have heard the way that the advocates speak, in a nice tone so no one gets upset easily. I can sort problems well and speak to other people positively without being mean. I know when being an advocate you have to help out a lot which is why I want to be one.  I am eager to help and I am willing to give up my break and lunchtime to help out in the dinner hall which means: wiping tables, stacking plates and telling people not to waste food.

pupil

I should be an advocate because I am a polite and spirited pupil. If I was chosen to be an advocate I would do it to the best of my ability. I have got the eyes of a hawk so I can see if anyone is being badly behaved or if children are isolated and look upset.  I am level headed and I always respect other pupils’ points of view.  I am confident I can make a difference for the younger pupils at Churchfields.

pupil

I am a positive person and always try to look on the bright side of things. I believe if you are positive and treat people well, you will be happy and people will treat you well in return. I am lucky enough to have friends in lots of year groups and enjoy playing with all of them.  Sometimes because they are in different years they don’t always get along.  When this happens, I try to solve their problems by listening to both points of view and then try to get them to understand the other person’s viewpoint and always to say sorry and make friends.

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I think that I should be an advocate because I want to be kind, helpful and really nice to the new Year 3’s. I will help people in the playground who feel isolated on their own. I am a responsible, confident, articulate and fair person.  I have a very clear voice and follow the rules and my friends tell me I am very friendly.

pupil

I think that I would be a good pupil advocate because I like to help people and I do not want to see people sad. Also I like or love to have responsibilities because I like to juggle things. Last year when I was in the Eco-committee I did litter picking.  I always made sure that I did not miss any sessions and I was organised and made sure that everyone from Eco committee came to the meeting.

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I would like to be an advocate because I love interacting with members of the public and I would enjoy wearing the advocate blazer because it shows I have a job and I am responsible. I have really admired mediation as I think it is a brilliant idea, as well as a way of solving squabbles. The advocates have helped me and some of my friends, so I would like to do the same for younger children in the future.

pupil

This role would be perfect for me as I am often described as a social, outgoing person, who gets along with anyone! As someone who is always positive I am often trying to find a way to be helpful to others and be there when I am needed – even if it is just to listen! I love my school and wish to continue to improve it by using my skills as a confident student to encourage others to join in and be kind as I used to run a cooking club in year 3.

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I want to be an advocate because I like doing what is right and I would like to encourage other people to do the same. I want every student to feel happy and confident in the school environment and I will do my best to make this happen.  If there are any children who cannot speak up for themselves I will provide a voice for them and will help them find friends within the school.  If there is any conflict I will resolve it by listening and keeping an open mind, this is because I am able to stay calm through tough situations. I am aware of the school rules, which means I can guide the younger children through their time at Churchfields.

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I want to help others if they are upset or not getting along with another classmate. I am very good at finding out what the problem is by asking the person some questions.  I then can be trusted to solve the issue myself or involve the teachers.

pupil

I believe that I would make an excellent school advocate because of my previous experience of working with people. I am a good listener which helps when calming down situations.  I am also a friendly person, for example, a girl in my class had broken her arm and had to stay inside.  One day she had no one to keep her company so I stayed inside with her and she was happy again. Since year 4 I have given up my Friday lunchtimes to go to orchestra practise and I am willing to give up free time for advocate duties.

pupil

I got a title of a Young Ambassador at the age of 9. I was always helping out and assisting younger children in sports and activities, encouraging them to reach full potential.  I skipped most of my lunchtime to help around with different clubs and events.  I am passionate for justice and fairness with analytical skills.  I would end any disagreements and make sure things went well and children were safe.

pupil

I think I would be a good advocate because I want people to be happy and feel like they are free from all the problems. I used to be quite bad at maths but I was resilient and got on with it.  Soon I found maths easier.  I want people to learn from my story. If I was an advocate, I would be smiling the whole time.  Hopefully everyone can smile because they will see that someone is happy.

pupil

I am broad minded to think outside the box when I deal with problems. I am a good listener and I work hard to make things right.  I am very flexible and adapt according to the situation or needs.  I love playing with younger children and can motivate them to be creative. I have solved a number of problems independently in many hard circumstances in my personal life and also at school.

pupil

I am really proud of being a Churchfields’ pupil. I like to help others at lunchtime/break time and I really enjoyed helping the younger pupils with their reading. If I see someone upset in the playground or the field, I go and ask them if they are ok and if they need any kind of help. I am very polite and I would enjoy showing grown-ups, visitors and parents around our school and telling them why it is so good.

pupil

As an advocate, I will speak softly if someone has done something wrong. I will not make them feel bad that they have done something wrong.  I will make a fair decision. No matter what I will not complain about my duty which I will carry out as long as it is required. Finally, I will be very kind and polite and always friendly to the whole school.  I will never break this promise.

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I think that I will be a good advocate because I care for people and I would like everyone to get on with each other. I would be a good role model for our school by cleaning the tables at lunch time.

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I think I should be an advocate because I feel I can be helpful with showing visitors and new children around the school. I really want to be a good role model for the year 3’s, 4’s and 5’s.  I might even get to learn more things on the way, like at first I didn’t know how important it was to keep our environment tidy and how nice it feels to help people with their problems.

pupil

I believe I would be a brilliant pupil advocate because I strongly believe in fairness so I always try and put myself forward rather than moaning about things. I want to be able to make good ideas about how we can make our school a better place to be. I represent my school and my actions reflect that I am a role model for the younger children and I help make the school a better place for everyone. I believe I can walk the walk, talk the talk and can help our younger children not be scared to speak up and be proud of who they are! P.S I can also tie up laces really fast!!

pupil

I think that I would be a good advocate because I like to help people and am loyal to others. I will represent the school and pupils with pride. I will fulfil the duties which are required of me.  I will listen to everybody’s views and will take them into consideration.

pupil

I believe that I will perfectly suit the role of an advocate as I possess all the qualities and characteristics which are needed for this responsibility. These attributes consist of resilience, determination, collaboration, bravery, respect and more but finally teamwork as I find myself quite a pupil person.

aadd

I think I will be a good advocate because I am different to every single child in my class. I am different because I have dyslexia.  Dyslexia is something when your brain does not work as fast as other people’s when you are learning and remembering.  In the past I have sadly been upset about this difference and did not want people to know about this, but now I have changed, not only my learning but also to other people (who might feel this way) so I think I can help people in the playground to get along and bond!  I also can help people within their fears and how they feel.

pupil

I want to be an Advocate because I want to help other people when they have a problem. I can engage with other children, like the way I can with my little sister. I can play with little children. I have performed in lots of school plays and I was the narrator, so that is how I know I can be good at showing people around.

pupil

I would like to be an advocate because I want to help younger pupils if they are sad or lonely. I like helping and playing with younger children.  I help my mum a lot at home with my two younger brothers.  I would be very happy and proud showing people around our school and I would be enthusiastic talking to others about our school.  I know I would be a positive role model because I am very well behaved at school and I have lots of friends.  I don’t dislike anybody. I am a brilliant listener and I never give up on anything even if I think it is really hard, so I can encourage pupils if they are struggling.

pupil

I think that I should be an advocate because I am extremely helpful, polite, patient and committed. I don’t mind what job I am given, I will just get on with it, no fuss.  You can rely on me to get the job done properly.  In mediation I will be especially good because I am a good listener.  I love helping people when they are feeling down and I try and make them happy again.  I also will make sure that everyone is happy in school and if they are not I will make sure they are not scared to speak to someone and just make sure someone is there for them.

pupil

I would very much like to be considered to a pupil advocate because I think I would do a very good job. I like to think that I am friendly, kind and considerate and thing that my personal strengths are strengths needed of an advocate. I like to be involved in many things in my school and can show that I can be committed to something.  I would look forward to the challenge of being an advocate and be very proud to have this responsibility.

pupil

I am a very tidy and organised person. I really enjoy school and love learning new things.  I love seeing my friends and helping others when I can or they need me.  I like extra responsibility.  I also like helping the dinner ladies put the tables away.  I really would love to be an advocate!

pupil

I think I would be a good advocate because I understand how it feels to not be understood, and I think that I would be able to help everyone that has been in different situations. I also think I would be a good advocate because I have helped my friends and people I know in the school solve problems between them and their friends. I listen to both sides of the situation and find out what each person thinks about what themselves and their friends could have done better.

pupil

I think I will be a good pupil advocate because I put my heart into what I have been told to do and I never get bored. Also I am very well-mannered and I know how to talk with respect to older people.  I am good at solving problems, whether they are small or big.  My behaviour depends on who I am talking to, if I am talking to year 3’s I will talk with love and care and if I am talking to adults I will talk with respect and manners.

pupil

I think that I would be a good pupil advocate because I like to help people and I want to help people sort out their difficulties in mediation sessions at lunch time. Also I like or love to have responsibilities  and can be relied upon to be at the right place at the right time.  My challenge is to learn skills at school that will help me when I grow up and go to work.  I want to have a job that helps people.

pupil

I would like to be an advocate as I want people to recognise my skills and to be able to use them for the good of Churchfields. I think this is a fantastic opportunity. At lunchtimes I look out for younger children to play with and talk to them when they are sad.  I find it interesting to chat with the younger pupils and help them with tips and advice, listening and understanding their situation. I will give my passion and time and dedication to doing the best job that I possibly can as an advocate of the amazing school I am privileged to learn at.

pupil

I would be a good advocate because I could help people if they were worried or scared, as I have felt that way before. I am quite caring and I have been voted best in the class at caring for people.  I am quite empathetic to other people and I have been very helpful to my class mates.  I am good with coming up with games like charades, name that tune, football quizzes and a-z of food names.  That might be helpful for people that are sad or unhappy.

pupil

I love helping others resolve their problems. I am a good role model because I am energetic and try to look on the bright side not the down side.  I try to be kind and try to understand way people behave the way they do.  I have a sister so therefore can understand girls and boys behaviour.

pupil

I think I will be a good advocate because I love helping people and solving problems. I like to show new pupils around our school. I want to be an advocate because I just want to help the school. I am very organised.  I try to be as kind as possible.

pupil

I am very helpful. This can come in handy when the dinner ladies need extra aid doing a particular task.  I am very good at putting myself in other people’s shoes in order to understand their feelings and needs (empathy).  I always want the best for people around me. I like philosophy because it’s about thinking.  Many people have different opinions like me but I listen and understand others’ opinions.

pupil

I would make a good advocate as I have a great deal of pride in my school and I believe it is a great place to learn and make new friends. I believe I will be a good representative of the school and will take my role as an advocate seriously and work to the best of my abilities.  I will participate fully in any school activities to make our school a better place and work hard in showing others what a great place Churchfields is.