A Student Council is a representative structure for students only, through which they can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students. Student council is divided by sections - Primary and Secondary/High School.
What is the ISB Student Council for?
The Student Council is about:
- Learning to work together
- Learning about democracy
- Learning how to play a positive role in our community
The student council helps share students’ ideas, interests and concerns with staff. It is responsible for facilitating the involvement of the whole school community, encouraging community members to:
- Generate ideas
- Consider aspects of the community they would like to improve
- Put ideas into action
- See what works (evaluate)
How does the ISB Student Council work?
- The student council is divided into two parts: primary and secondary/high school. Each has one teacher from the relevant division who acts as a conduit between the students and school management
- Primary Student Councils meet weekly; Secondary/HS bi-weekly
- An agenda is prepared and disseminated to the Student Council representatives at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.
- Students take turns to chair the meetings (with support from the teachers as necessary).
- The teachers takes minutes, disseminating these to the Student Council Members, Administration Team and the other division of the Student Council (primary or secondary/HS).
- A non-council member is invited to join each meeting in order to:
a) learn more about the way the council works.
b) serve as an extra voice.
c) raise the profile of the School Council within the school.
What will the Student Council do for ISB?
Each week, Student Council members will lead a brief discussion with their classmates, inviting suggestions / ideas for the bettering of the ISB community. This time is to be organised in agreement with the class teacher. Student Council representatives will:
- Note down ideas, suggestions and concerns, and present to the Student Council at the next meeting.
- Decide on subsequent action which will be recorded in the minutes.
- The leading teachers of the Student Council follow up requests made to Administration.
- The Student Council is responsible for communicating the next steps to the relevant parties, supported by the leading teachers.
- The Student Council provides feedback to the Health Committee twice a year (in October and April) on the quality of school lunches. This is organised by the Health Committee.
What will staff do for the Student Council?
- Teachers will ensure that class discussions and Student Council meetings take place as scheduled.
- They will support pupils to run meetings.
- The Administration Team will respond as necessary to the Student Council meeting notes/requests within 1 week.
Policy update on:
10.4.2017 - Sona