The purpose of our Student Councils is to:
Given the size of the school, to ensure that all voices can be heard, it is essential to have a number of ‘sub-councils’ that feed in to the larger School Councils. The sub-councils will be know as Grade Councils. The structure of the councils will change from year to year as the number of sections in each grade fluctuates. The structure for this year is shown in the table below.
|GRADE||STUDENTS PER SECTION||GRADE COUNCIL||SCHOOL COUNCILS|
There will be 4 Grade Councils for Grades 1 to 4, 2 for Grades 5 to 8 and 2 for Grades 9 to 12 – these are colour coded in the table. Each section will provide an elected representative (or in the case of Grades 1 to 3 elected two representatives, a boy and a girl) to join the Grade Council.
Each Grade Council will elect a Chair and Vice-Chair from the older grade students in the Council. The Grade 11 and 12 Grade Council is an exception to this. They will have two Joint Chairs; the Head Boy and Head Girl.
These Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Joint Chairs will automatically sit on the appropriate School Councils. The other students on the Grade Council will elect their own grade representatives (from within the Grade Council members) to sit on the appropriate School Councils.
All councils will meet twice a term. The Grade Councils will meet in the two weeks prior to the School Councils.
At the beginning of the school year, Class Mentors should organise elections for Grade Council representatives. Students should be asked to nominate themselves and to give a very short account of why they would like to stand. Votes should then be cast in a secret ballot for the top boy and girl in each section in Grades 1 to 3 and the top student in all other sections.
Class Mentors should then organise a session (at form time) where students can pass on suggestions or queries to their Grade Council reps that should be raised at the next meeting. Teachers should not influence what is said but should assist students in being sensible and pragmatic, for example, the suggestion that the school considers having 10 weeks extra holiday in the year should be tempered whilst the suggestion that the school considers other mid-term breaks should be submitted.
Grade Councils will consider all issues raised by the different sections. Many of the questions/topics raised will be able to be dealt with by the Grade Councils. Some matters, however, because of their importance or impact, will need to be raised at the School Councils. The Chair(s) of each Grade Council should prepare a short report on al matters discussed for the School Council and should submit any important items for the School Council Agenda.
It is important that all Council meetings should be run by students although for the youngest of students (Grades 1 and 2), Ms Rumana will need to lead the meetings. Each Council should appoint a Secretary who will keep minutes of every meeting. These should be given to Ms Lina within 2 days of the meeting having taken place. These will be published for all students to see.
Adults present at the meetings, in a purely informative capacity will be:
Grade 1 Ms Rumana & Ms Doaa
Grade 2 Ms Rumana & Ms Areej
Grade 3 Ms Areej & Ms Doaa
Grade 4 Mr Liam & Ms Areej
Grade 5 Ms Areej & Ms Doaa
Grade 6 Mr Liam & Ms Doaa
Grade 7 Mr Badder & Ms Doaa
Grade 8 Mr Badder & Ms Hala
Grade 9 Ms Hala & Ms Doaa
Grade 10 Mr Badder & Mr Roger
Grade 11 Mr Badder & Ms Hala
Grade 12 Mr Badder & Mr Roger
Grades 1 to 4 Mr Liam, Ms Doaa
Grades 5 to 8 Mr Liam, Mr Badder, Ms Doaa
Grades 9 to 12 Ms Hala, Mr Badder, Ms Doaa, Mr Roger