School Council is incredibly active within AGGS, it is an integral part of the school’s make up, ensuring that our students have an active role to play within the school, their voices are heard and acted upon. Last year we introduced a School Council Exec which allows students from all the different year groups to meet and discuss whole school issues. This provides continuity and communication between year groups and ensures that our pupils are working together on collective aims. It also provides discussion and an understanding of the needs of all our girls. The Exec feeds back to the Senior Leadership Team and communicates with outside agencies such as visitors and the PTA.
Last year we introduced School Council focuses, giving each year group a project to work upon, this was very successful. Here are some of the things that the School Council achieved last year.
Here are some of the things last yearâ€™s school council reps achieved:
|You Say:||We Did:|
|The library needs more varied books.||We organised Fandom Day to raise money for lots of new books.|
|The buddy system, implemented this year needs a few tweaks.||Reformed and developed new resources to be used by form tutors next year. Trained up the year 7s to use this resource as they will be buddies next year.|
|We want to celebrate other countries and international days.||Created form time activities to engage year 9 students in international learning days.|
|We want awards for all subjects, not just sports||We brought in a new awards assembly, creating awards for best in subject and most improved for all subjects across the school.|
|How can we bring our school community closer together||We have actively posted on the student voice page engaging the school and wider community in aspects of school life.|
|We want to give students a chance to feedback on changes they want to see around school.||
We created a student voice questionnaire to find out what you think.
|We need an outlet to speak to the canteen staff about food in the canteen.||
We created a food focus group for students to feedback directly to the canteen staff.
We hold elections just before October half term. Candidates must write a speech and a manifesto to proclaim why they would like to be a School Council Representative. We use the Trafford Council official ballot boxes and carry out a full election in the dining hall. This is a fantastic chance to engage young people in politics and show them the importance of voting.
Every year, new school council reps take part in a training day where they learn skills integral to being a school council rep. This is run by our Sixth Form Lead Execs. the Head Girls and some year 12s.
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