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It’s Student Council Election Time

18 september 2013

It’s time to elect our new President and Vice President for the Student Council. Next Monday our candidates will present in front of the whole of the secondary school, putting forward their manifesto for why they should be elected to represent the student body.

The role of the President and Vice President is to serve the needs of the whole student body, representing them by listening and reacting to issues that are raised by the student population.

The President and Vice President will run regular meetings with the student council reps to hear their views and will be responsible for bringing these views to the Head of Secondary or the Principal.

So let’s hear a bit more from our candidates and why they’re running…

Presidential candidates

Eva, Year 10

“I want the chance to help change things in our school. I want to talk about the uniform and how it could be updated to allow students to express themselves more. I’d also like to work with teachers to set up more trips to Europe and look at adding more dance based ECAs.”

Sheena, Year 9

“I was class president at my old school for four years and I really enjoy representing the students, putting across their ideas and making changes. One of things I’m interested in is the teacher–student relationship and how we can get to know each other better. I think it would be fun to set up an ECA for students and teachers to meet and talk.”

Serena and Kelly, Year 10

“We think it’s really important to listen to what the other students think so that would be a big part of  what we do - make sure we know what the students want. We’d like to make changes in school that help students in their day to day school life. Serena also wants to be a politician one day, maybe Prime Minister of Italy, so she’s excited to start her political career!”

Meagan, Year 10 and Brendon, Year 13

“We want to be co-presidents so that we can address issues that affect students every day but also some of the bigger things too. We want to talk about how we use the dining hall to its best capacity, we’d like to see more non-competitive sports clubs for people who want to play for fun and we’d put suggestion boxes in every form room.  We’d also like to look at how we can be greener as a school and try to reduce wastage in printing for example.”

Natalia and Erica, Year 10

“If we were elected co-presidents we’d listen to what the others students want and try to make some changes. Something we’re already thinking about is the uniform and how it could be more comfortable especially for boys in the summer when it’s very hot. We also would like to do more around school to get students involved in charity work and raising awareness of charities. A school newspaper by students, for students is something else that we’d like to introduce."

Aubin, Year 13

“Last year there were a few things that I wanted to change so I decided to run for President this year so I could make a difference. I’m really open to listening to other peoples’ ideas rather than just pushing through what I think is important. A couple of things I’d look at straight away though are rearranging the quiet spaces in the IB Academy and looking at the system for queuing in the dining hall. If I am elected I’d also make the student council more active and make sure that there is better communication between them and the rest of the students.”

Ulrika, Year 13

“I think I have the leadership skills and the determination to be a good President and to really make sure that things get done, not just talked about. I’m very open to peoples’ suggestions and want to be approachable.  I’d really like to set up some committees within the council that look at different areas. One example would be ECAs: looking at the different options available now, what others could be added and how we could make the most efficient use of our resources. I think the school has in the past been ruled from the top and I will be very persistent in pushing through changes that are important to the students.”

Vice Presidential candidates

Matthew, Year 8

“I’d like to be Vice President so I can help put across students’ ideas about things like food prices and rules around school.”

Alice, Year 9

“I was a student councilor last year and I’d like to be Vice President this year so that I can help lead on getting things done. I’d really like to start a student radio station so students can have something to listen to at lunch and a way to talk to the rest of the school. I’d also make sure that the council reported back regularly to the rest of school on what was going on.”

Good luck to all the candidates!

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