The Pield Heath House Student Council is a representative structure for students, 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.
The Student Council seeks to involve as many students as possible in school activities and decision-making, such as planning and managing the Council’s programme of activities for the year.
Student Council Activities
Through the Student Council, students can become involved in many activities within the school, such as:
- Communication and co-operation with school staff
- Working with the parents’ council in school
- Co-operating with management and staff on the development of school rules and regulations
- Involvement in school planning
- Having a say in school policies e.g. anti-bullying policy, homework, substance use, mobile phones, healthy eating, code of discipline, uniform, punctuality etc.
Good two-way communication between the Student Council and students is important, as students should be kept informed of the activities of the Student Council. Students should be able to give their views to the Council on issues being discussed and should be able to put issues on the agenda for discussion.
It is also important that there is good two way communication between the Student Council and school management, staff and parents, which is achieved by:
- Keeping a student notice-board in the school where information on the Council’s activities is posted;
- The student newsletter;
- Announcing upcoming events at assembly/roll call;
- Regular meetings between members of the Council and the students they represent;
- Surveying students on issues being discussed by the Council;
- Regular meetings with the School management, staff and parents
The Student Council sometimes undertakes fundraising for its own activities or for charity. The agreement of school management is sought before planning any fundraising activities and the treasurer has responsibility for ensuring that any money raised by the Council is used for the purposes for which it was collected. A financial report should be provided to the Council and Board of Management at the end of each school year.