What is the school council?


The Student Council gives a voice to all students and provides a forum for them to discuss any issues which may concern them in and around school. The Council listens to the view of pupils, staff and the wider community and aims to improve some aspects of school life.

Glengormley High School has two Student Councils

  • Key Stage 3 Council –years 8-10
  • Key Stage 4 Council – years 11&12
  • Sixth Form Council –years 13-14

The School Council is overseen by Assistant Vice Principal, Mrs Jackson, who meets with each respective group on a fortnightly basis to discuss:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • The School Environment
  • The Community
  • Extra-Curricular School Life

The work of the School Council will be directed in a range of ways;

  • Pupils will be asked to voice their opinion on matters impacting them via an online platform
  • Staff will also have an open forum to suggest items for the council agenda
  • Key school issues / actions which require council support

Changes to Lunctimes in the Canteen

Following a study by members of the school council we are changing arrangements for lunch in the cantee.   The Canteens are now named 1 + 2. Canteen 1 is the old hot food canteen and Canteen 2 is the sandwich / salad bar canteen.

The difference is that Canteen 2 along with sandwiches / salads, will now have a selection of Panini’s, burgers etc as well.  This will allow more children to access this side and lessen the queue time in Canteen 1.

The menus for each canteen are shown below:

Canteen 1

Canteen 2

Key Stage 4 Council update

First of all here are the school council reps for Key Stage 4:

 

And now for an update….

The key stage 4 council reps have been considering ways to support the elderly community coming up to Xmas.  Tee-Jay suggested a bingo and buns event at the local nursing home.  Mrs Jackson has made contact and is waiting for the response.

 

The council would also like to organise a Xmas baking event for the elderly community and bring them in to use our Hospitality facilities.  Mrs Jackson has been in contact with local councillors and is finalising a date for this to take place.

 

At the next meeting the group will consider ways to support Age NI coming into the Xmas period.

Key Stage 3 Council news

First of all here are our Key Stage 3 Council Reps:

And now for an update….

The key stage 3 council reps started their work by auditing the number of students using the hot and cold food canteens.  We have discovered that the hot foot canteen is used 3 times more regularly than the sandwich / salad bar.  The council are in talks at the moment with the Canteen managers to discuss ways of spreading the number of pupils more evenly across both canteens to reduce the queue times.  Watch this space for more news on that.

 

The year 10 pupils requested being able to use the junior playground to play football and basketball at lunchtime.  This request was brought forward to the SLT and they have agreed this request.

 

The students also raised concerns over toilet locks and soap dispensers. Since then the building supervisor and his team have been working hard to repair locks and are looking into the costs of new soap dispensers.

 

The year 10 pupils also asked to have their allocated toilet facilities to be moved to the Templeton building.  Again SLT have agreed with this decision.

Colour Run May 10th

On Monday the 10th we are having a Colour Run to raise funds for improving our school playground facilities. Pupils have been given sponsorship forms and we are asking that they raise at least £15. The forms need to be returned by Monday 29th of April. Not sure what happens at a colour run then look at:

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Thank you letter from Pensioner for Christmas Present

Before Christmas the school council organised Christmas presents to be sent to elderly people as part of AgeNI’s “No-one should have no-one” campaign.  One of the elderly people who received a Christmas present from our pupils this year has written a lovely thank you note.

Letter of thanks from Mr Derick Murray

In it he says:

Dear Children,

I trust that you all had a very happy Christmas and that you received many lovely presents.  I received some myself but do you know, the one that please me most of all was the one that I received from yourselves.  I was greatly touched and very grateful to think that you all gave money to buy a present for someone you didn’t even know.  That is the true spirit of Christmas.

Thank you once again and may the Lord bless you all.

Derrick Murray

We are so proud of all of you, thanks for all the effort.

 

 

School Council – December 2018 Update

Both the Junior and Senior Councils have been working very hard on a number charity and community initiatives.
 
Age NI – No one should have no one campaign
The students in both the junior and senior councils felt very passionately about this campaign. They got in touch with Age NI and invited one of their members of staff to attend our school and present the campaign to the whole school through year group assemblies. The whole school really got behind the campaign and donated money for the student council to buy gifts for the members of the elderly community who will have no one at Xmas.


The students visited Tesco Northcott and used the donations to purchase gifts. This was a great experience, though some of our members need a little guidance on what items would be suitable for an elderly person! Sinead from Age NI came to collect the gifts on the 17th December to transfer them to the Age NI offices for sorting. We look forward to doing more work with this very worthwhile charity in the future.
 
Save the Children
Both the Junior and Senior Councils wanted to support the Save the Children Xmas jumper day on the 14th December. They advertised the campaign across the school and it was well supported by staff and students.
 
Community Xmas Cake Off
Further to our work with the local senior citizens in November the Senior Council organised a Xmas cake off and carol event on the 18th December. This was attended by 22 guests who responded to the flyer drop. The guests had a wonderful afternoon baking and decorating a chocolate log, enjoying a festive lunch and singing carols with the school choir. We look forward to organising more community events in the future.

Thanks to everyone for their hard work!

Baking up a storm with the Senior School Council

On Tuesday 18th December our Senior School Council invites the local Senior Citizens into school to attend our Xmas baking and carol event. The group had a fantastic day baking chocolate logs and singing carols with a group from or school choir. This is only one of the community initiatives our school council have spearheaded this term and it was a huge success. We hope to welcome them back for future events in the new year.

School Council Meeting Information

Senior School Council – Meeting 1 – Tuesday 9th October 2018

This week our Senior School Council had their first meeting. This one focused on improving the school environment for sixth form students.  In particular, they looked at ways that the sixth form study and social areas could be better organised and additional facilities which would make them more user friendly.

They appreciated the addition of sofas to the social area and wanted to thank Mr McDowell for organising these. They did request that staff consider a kettle, toaster and hot drinks machine where they could make their own lunch and enhance the space.

They also discussed the timetabled periods that sixth form pupils have for social / study time and are in talks with Mr McDowell as head of sixth form on how this time can be used more flexibly. They also discussed the role of sixth form study supervisors and raised key areas with Mr McDowell, which he will feed back to those in this role.  Other issues such as use of headphones for sixth form pupils are being considered by Mr Hodge and Mr Massey.

The next school council meeting is taking place on Monday 15th October in the drama theatre at 12.50pm.

 

Junior School Council – Meeting 1 – Thursday 11th October

This week our Junior School Council had their first meeting. We focused on the role of a council member and what the year ahead will involve.  The Council discussed ways to gather student opinion and feedback from form classes on areas which need to be discussed and actioned as a school.  It was agreed that we would try two methods of information gathering.  The first will be a sheet put into registers to gather focused opinions. It will be titled a ‘we need your opinion’ sheet and will have space for pupils to write their thoughts and ideas on a specific topic. The second is to have a suggestions box in each form room for students who are less comfortable to write their ideas for school improvement onto and put into the box anonymously.

The council have also been asked to come up with ideas for a ‘pupil help card’. This is a card which will be given to all pupils outlining where they can find help in school and organisations they can contact outside school.  The council have agreed to explore organisations and agencies to put onto this and will gather opinions from form classes on the ‘we need your opinion’ sheet throughout next week.

Lyla and Abbi have agreed to design the ‘we need your opinion’ sheets. All other members will gather suggestions and do personal investigation into organisations.

Chelsea raised the idea of having an ‘anxiety card’ for students who suffer with anxiety and panic attacks. This would allow them to take a short break from a room without having to explain too much to a member of staff.  Chelsea has been asked to design this and bring forward to the next meeting.

Molly and Katie suggested having junior Halloween / Xmas disco as a fundraiser. This is something the council will explore further in future meetings.

The next Junior School Council Meeting is Thursday 18th October at lunch in the drama theatre.

 

Being a Rep on the School Council


What is it? Why should I consider being a member?
A School Council is a group of people elected to discuss and analyse various school issues and project ideas and to come up with practical solutions for improvement of pupils’ education and opportunities. This group will have a major impact on our school! They will be the voice of the students, representing their views and putting them forward to school leaders and governors.

 

What is a Rep?
Reps are elected by the students in their year group to represent the people who elected them.

    They act as a link for their year group and other groups associated with the school (teachers, support staff, parents, Board of Governors, EANI etc).

  • Reps have to be willing and able to put forward other people’s views.

So if I were a rep what would I actually have to do?
As a rep you have four main jobs:

  • Considering the views of your year group and discussing them at school council meetings.
  • Letting your year group know what goes on in the meetings you attend.
  • aking an active part in meetings.
  • Coming up with initiatives / ideas to bring about school improvement

To do these jobs well you should have regular talks with form classes, gather views from questionnaires / suggestion boxes, listen to concerns and issues and note them down. Remember that not everyone likes talking in front of a class, so you need to be approachable in other ways. Make it clear that people can talk to you at break / lunch times. You will then need to put forward your year group views at junior / senior council or whole school council meetings.
 
You are the link between the council and your year group so you need to let them know what happened in the meetings, any decisions that were made or questions that need to be asked. It’s your job to let people know that their ideas are being taken seriously.
 
You need to be prepared to go to meetings and make yourself heard, but also be willing to listen and discuss. Remember, you are there to represent all the different points of view that people in your year may have, so you need to spend time listening and be flexible enough to put across a range of opinions.
 
Where do I sign up?
This year we will have 2 student councils –

  • Junior Council for YR 8-12 pupils
  • Senior Council for YR 13-14 pupils

The Junior Council will be made up of 3 students per year group.
The Senior Council will be made up of 8-10 students, who may also perform the role of House Captain for their respective house.

Your form tutor will have applications for Student Council that you complete if you’d like to be considered. These should be filled in and left into the school office. Mrs Jackson will then use these to shortlist candidates for each year group.
 
The deadline for applications is Friday 28th September.

Here is the application form for the being a rep.
 
After shortlisting manifestos will be published online and on plasma screens around school so that pupils can see what each candidate offers and decide which person they think would best represent them. However, the manifestos will be blind, no names, pictures etc to indicate who wrote them. This way, people will not vote for friends but for the best person for the job.
 
Guidance for writing your manifesto
 
There will then be an election day on Thursday 4th October, where each year group will come to the assembly hall at an allocated time to make their votes. The successful candidates will be notified on Friday 5th October.