Mount Kelly believes that the children in its care have a right to participate and be listened to.
Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives. It is hoped that the Mount Kelly school council can provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.
Who would make a successful School Councillor?
Someone who is:
- A good listener and speaker
- A team player
- Keen to make a contribution to improving our school
- Able to represent the views reliably of others within their House / Year groups
- Willing to give up some of their free time
- A good role model.
Prep School Council
The pupil School Council at the Prep is a democratically elected group of pupils who represent their peers in Years 3-8. One pupil is elected from each class for the term.
The School Council is involved in many areas of school life, including:
- Helping to select playground equipment
- Looking at links between the Pre-Prep and Years 3-8
- Working to raise the profile of National Anti-Bullying Week
- Providing feedback and suggestions regarding catering
- Providing feedback on the selection of extra-curricular clubs
College House Councils
- Each House will convene its own House Council according to need and preferences.
- House Councils are an ‘informal’ way of discussing and raising issues and the ‘agenda’ of these meetings will be left to the discretion of the pupils and the Hm of each House.
- Each House council must aim to reflect the age range and diversity within that community.
- The House Councils should aim to provide the School Council with 2-3 representatives, preferably from a range of year groups.
- Each House council should be chaired by the Head of House.
- The Head of House may sit as a representative on the School Council, but they may prefer to delegate this responsibility to other members of the House.
- House councils can be run by the pupils with or without staff presence – but ‘minutes’ must be taken, written up and presented to the Hm.
- House council meetings will be entered into the School Calendar and take place one week before a meeting of the School Council.
College School Council
The main role of the school council is to exist as a formal way of making the views of Mount Kelly pupils known to the Senior leadership Team. It is not an executive body with decision making powers, but it is a forum in which School issues can be discussed, pupil concerns raised and suggestions presented for SLT consideration. Likewise, it is also a body to which the SLT will present ideas for discussion and pupil feedback.
How is it Organised?
The Student Council is made up of the following people:
- A President: The Deputy Head Pastoral (non-voting)
- A Teacher Representative – appointed by the Deputy Head Pastoral. (also non-voting)
- The School Monitor with special responsibility for the School Council.
- A Pupil Chair: This is to be decided by the Council and may be rotated each term if desired.
- A Secretary: To record and write up the minutes – this person is to be appointed by the council and can, like the chair be rotated on a termly basis.
- At least 2-3 representatives from each of the Houses. (See House Councils above)
- Other pupils / staff can be co-opted onto the Council for specific purposes / discussions.
- The School Council will meet approximately 3 times a term – dates will be placed in the calendar. It can also meet at other times if there is a need to do so.
- Meetings are to be conducted in the Boardroom, 13:00 – 13.45 on the published day.
- A quorum of 60% is required for the Council to proceed with any meeting.