This year we’re implementing the ‘Smart School Councils Model’ for Years 5 - 12. This model is different to a traditional school council model - it includes ALL students in the school, rather than just a few. That means that every student can benefit from developing a range of important skills for work and life, rather than just a small group.
How does it work?
It's got three elements; class meetings, action teams and a communication team.
Class meetings: Every class will be involved in a meeting once a fortnight. It will be a short, structured and student-led meeting that focusses on one question. The student responses will be immediately captured (no need for paper based minutes) so that it can be analysed by the Communication team.
Action teams: Any students can set up an action team based on their interest or passion.
Communication team: This team will be responsible for setting the question for each class meeting and coordinating any communicating the results and actions that have arisen from class meetings.
We have received a large number of applications for the Communication team and will be making our selection next week.
The first class meeting was also held this week, which was very exciting. It was fantastic to see all students involved in discussion, negotiation and having their voice heard.
The Communication Team, once set up will ensure that the whole school community is kept informed about the work of the DCIS School Council.