The School Council provides an opportunity for pupils to discuss items that are of interest and relevance to themselves and the boys in the Form that they represent.
The School Council has responsibility for deciding which two charities should be supported by the school and how funds should be raised for the charity chosen. The school council is composed of one representative from each Form throughout the school and meets each half term.
Elections for the next Chair and Vice-Chair take place at the last meeting of the Summer Term and nominees should be in the Fourth or Fifth Year in the coming academic year. Elections for Form representatives take place at the beginning of the Autumn Term. Other members of the Executive Committee will be elected at the first meeting.
Key attributes for School Council representatives are as follows:
- They need to be able to represent the views of their class in an enthusiastic manner.
- They need to have the ability to listen to others.
- They need to be able to state their views clearly and be able to compromise.
- They need to be reliable and organised.
- They should be confident at speaking in public.
From the group of elected School Council representatives, the following roles need to be decided:
Chairman - this pupil has the responsibility for collating and publishing the agenda before each meeting; he decides who is next to speak at meetings; he makes sure that everyone has an opportunity to express their views and he makes sure that decisions are agreed fairly and by a majority of votes. (Fourth or Fifth Year only)
ViceChairman - this pupil attends all meetings and takes over the role of Chairman in case of the Chairman's absence. (Fourth or Fifth Year only)
Secretary - this pupil has the responsibility for taking the minutes of the School Council meetings.
Publicity Officer - this pupil is responsible for publicising the work of the School Council. This includes writing articles for The Grapevine advertising events and informing the school of decisions made at meetings.