To provide a forum for pupils to contribute ideas and discuss issues, we organise the School Council to meet every half term. Each Form Class elects a School Council Representative for the year.
Senior Prefects play a key role in the work of the Council; they can act as Chair and Secretary to each section of the School Council, organise the meetings, agree the agenda, chair the meetings, take and distribute minutes and keep in touch with the representatives.
At School Council meeting a wide variety of issues are discussed. These can range from healthy eating to the location of lockers. Issues and points raised by the School Council have been important in shaping school policy, for example, the wearing of earrings in the Uniform Policy. Most recently the School Council came up with various ideas to help improve attendance.
By taking a role in the School Council a student is self-evidently getting actively involved in the School Community.
The benefits a School Council brings are wide ranging. School Council
(i) teaches skills
(ii) rewards active involvement
(iii) promotes a sense of ownership of ‘our school’
(iv) reduces disaffection
(v) improves child protection
(vi) improves the school
This is citizenship in action.
We look forward to the further development of the work and impact of the School Council so that there is more pupil participation and involvement in decision making in Bloomfield Collegiate School.