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The School Council represents the pupils in the school and boys may bring concerns and ideas forward to the School Council for discussion.

Each September every class votes one boy on to the School Council from Year 2 to 6. Boys wanting to take on this important role need to be sensible, articulate and willing to put some of their own time into this role. The boys who are voted for then represent their class peers for the academic year.

The School Council meets fortnightly, focusing on a number of initiatives which impact the school community. The elected members attend meetings with Mr Cook with the agendas set either by the Head or the boys themselves. Boys can approach the School Council representatives any time to highlight items that they wish to be discussed in the meetings and they also discuss matters brought to them by the Senior Leadership Team and can then feed them back to their class. At the end of the meeting the Year 2 representatives arrange a meeting and feedback the minutes to Mrs Butler at Centenary House whilst the Year 6 representatives do the same with Mrs Gray at the Junior School. Topics of discussion can vary hugely. Topics that have been raised recently include litter, INSTED, healthy eating, integration with the Girls' School, clubs and recycling. The School Council also makes recommendations on which charities the boys would like to support during the Academic Year.

The November 2015 ISI Inspection Report also referred to the work of The School Council; 

'The excellent relationship between pupils and staff creates opportunities for open dialogue, ensuring that the pupils' opinions are heard. Pupils also make their views known through the well-structured school council and in the many suggestion boxes around the school. For example, pupils were actively involved in the design of the renovation of the buildings and in a new lunch menu, showing the value that the school places on their opinions.'  

The School Council holds an important place in the school and the topics that are discussed are relevant to the boys with fantastic ideas coming from each meeting.

What? Why? How? When?

What is the School Council?
An inclusive, structured, forum for discussion and decision-making
A means for students to raise issues and concerns
A means to consult all students

Why have a School Council?
To help students develop responsible attitudes
To create a feeling of belonging, encourage listening to others and develop self-confidence
To improve student/teacher relationships
To be a voice for the rest of their class

What are the responsibilities of a School Councillor?
To represent your class in School Council meetings
This means passing on any comments, questions or information from your class to the council during your meetings
To set a good example for other children in the school
This means behaving well and having the right attitude to learning
To be a great ambassador for the school
This means setting a good example on school visits and greeting visitors appropriately

How does the School Council work?
Class representatives bring issues to the School Council at meetings or informally

How can I raise an issue?
Tell your class representative - your point will be raised at the next meeting

How do I find out what happened?
Class representatives will feed back to their class as soon as possible after the school council meeting. Also current events will be displayed on our new School Council Notice Board in Mr Cook’s form room

School Council 2018/19

Form Name Position Responsibilites

3H

Seb
Reuben
 

Y3 Officer

What makes a good Councillor:

Approachable
Good Listener – everyone has to feel comfortable talking to you
Organised – It will be your responsibility to gather information from your class
Assertive – the opinions of your class are just as important as everyone else’s
Fair – everyone has the right to express a point of view
Efficient – class discussions must cover a lot of issues in a short space of time
Good communicator – you need to be able to work with staff and students from across the school
Collecting the views of your class and passing them on to other committees
Letting your class know what goes on in the meetings you attend
Taking an active part in meetings

3P Abbas
Oliver
Y3 Officer as above
3R Henry
Teshomi
Y3 Officer as above
4C William Y4 Officer as above
4D Zane Y4 Officer as above
4J Sam Y4 Officer as above
5C George Y5 Officer as above
5M George Y5 Officer as above
6G Matthew President

Lead all meetings
Give assistance, guidance and praise
Act as a facilitator during discussion
Maintain frequent contact with faculty and administration
Work with advisor on all planning
Participate in student council sponsored activities/events

6R Angus Sports Officer

Generate enthusiasm for athletic events and promote school spirit throughout the year
Assist the Student Council in the conduct of its business
&Coordinate and Advertise (posters, bulletins & announcements) any student council sponsored activities

6L Lewis Public Relations Director

Keep student body informed of events, fundraisers, and service projects
Obtain approval for events
Responsible for communication between schools
Help maintain student council website

6C Alex Vice - President

Work closely with President
Assume President’s duties when needed
Work with President and Treasurer in preparing calendar and budget
Assist the President in preparing meeting agendas

Key Facts

  • The ideas and efforts of the School Council contribute much to the school community
  • The School Council encourages pupils to converse with pupils of all ages
  • Pupils develop the skills to voice concerns with members of authority
  • Joint meetings are held periodically with the WGHS Junior School Council to share ideas
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