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Purpose of the student School Council
To accept the responsibility given to us for making this school, our place …… a better place … where we have opportunities on how to make a difference . Through School Council students are:
- encouraged to take a pride in their school now and in the future
- encouraged to become involved in the opportunities to connect with and contribute to their community (class, school, local and beyond)
Forming the School Council
The School Council is made up of a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and a class rep from each of class in the Middle and Senior Teams.
School Council Elections
Elections are held every 2 terms to elect the Exec-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer.
Candidates run a campaign for election which includes:
- A4 posters
- A question and answer session to interested voters
- A short ‘Why you should vote for me’ speech to interested voters
Classes elect their own class rep for the School Council, usually changing them each term.
Sub committees are formed each term by students interested in contributing to the ongoing life of the school.
Organise school assemblies (each fortnight) and special assemblies.
Regularly check the school environment and present the Enviro trophy and Friends of the Environment awards.
Maintain the school vegetable gardens and see the produce to ensure sustainability.
Organise the KanTab collection interclass competition.
Identify places around the school that require maintenance or improvement and work on projects if practicable.
(Not officially a sub committee of the School Council). Another opportunity where students are given responsibility and demonstrate leadership for running the Library at interval and lunchtime.
Sport and Event Organisers
Organise interval and lunchtime sporting activities, tournaments and competitions and student v teacher games
- 5 aside Soccer
- Rippa Rugby
- 2 v 2 Miniball
- Table Tennis
- Beach Volleyball
Sun Smart Ambassadors
Ensure that students are keeping themselves safe by following sun safe practices when outside during Terms 1 and 4.
Yummy Sticker Coordinators
Organise the Yummy Sticker collection with an interclass competition and monitor use of the Yummy Sticker sports gear.
Money from fund raising activities provides support for projects the School Council undertakes. Organising teams are formed for specific events such as coin trails and bought lunches.
Organise mufti days (usually following a theme like Black Out, book character) , based on a theme ‘dress as a …….. Day’
Organise these events as required including parent support.
3. Support for Charities
School Council usually supports up to 3 charities each year.
- Daffodil Day
- Ruel Foundation
- Sponsor a Kiwi
Funds are collected by donation or fundraising activities.
4. Organise School Events (mostly at lunch times and/or intervals)
Activities are organised to provide some variety to the usual lunchtime activities.
- Matua Has Talent
- School Discos
- Special Events e.g. Wheels Day, Water Actions Stations.
School badges are ‘prestigious’ awards presented to students for their achievements and/or contribution to school life. Teachers identify and present badges to students based on the criteria below:
To students who: Achieve highly and contributes significantly in academic areas or events at a level that satisfies the selection panel.
- nie Quizzes
- Otago University Problem Challenge
- School Speech Competition (winners or runners up) or qualify for a higher level
- Young Einstein Quiz
School Cultural Ambassador
To students who: Participated (in a significant role and to the satisfaction of the selection panel) in school performing groups/ activities or presentations eg.
- School Choir
- School Instrumental Group
- School Recorder Group
- Fresh Moves or J Rock
- School Singers
- Kapa Haka
Service to the School
To students who: Contribute significantly in School Council subcommittees, including School Council class reps, and/or Librarians and Dynamos, and satisfy the selection panel that their contribution was significant
School Council Exec or class reps and sub committee members like:
- Enviro Team
- KanTab Coordinators
- Sport and Events Organisers
- Sun Smart
- Yummy Sticker Coordinators
- School Gardening Team
- Landscaping Team
or credits obtained through short term SC initiated events.
- Bought Lunch organising teams
- Gala Stall organisers e.g. dunking machine, sponge throw, horizontal bungy
- Mufti Days organisers
- Lunch time activities e.g. water actions stations, wheels day
School Sports Rep
To students who: Represent the school in team or individual events, participating at a level to WBoP (or equivalent).
- Cross Country
- 7s Tournament
- Athletics meet
- Rippa Rugby tournament
- World Cup Cricket
- World Cup Miniball
- Weekly sports competition (Netball, Miniball etc)
School leaders (Dynamos) are selected by students and teachers to :
- Organise lunchtime activities
- Assist with School Council activities
- Act as mentors for students having difficulty with relationships and decision making in the playground
- Be good role models by showing an interest in other students through informal interactions with students in the playground
- Organise significant events that add interest to interval and lunchtime activities e.g. Matua Idol.