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With two representatives from every form, Audenshaw School has a thriving and enthusiastic student council which meets every 6-7 weeks throughout the academic year.
Representatives convene in two separate groups, KS3 and KS4, to discuss their ideas and prioritise the issues they want to raise for further discussion. The whole School Council then meets in order to bring together the ideas of both key stage 3 and key stage 4. We also liaise with the Sixth Form School Council on a regular basis; this is to ensure that we incorporate some of their ideas too. Allowing this two way dialogue between students and staff, the School Council enables students to participate fully in school life and have an influence in their school environment. Being a School Council representative for your form offers you a range of opportunities; you are responsible for representing your form and ensuring that all ideas are relayed to the School Council, you can learn new skills – such as negotiating and speaking with confidence, patience and respect for other people views and ideas, and in addition you demonstrate tolerance.
Issues that the School Council has raised or been consulted on this year include:
- Charity initiatives such as Christmas Jumper Day and the Macmillan Coffee Morning
- The school environment, including litter and after-school clubs.
- Picking a new School charity to raise money for – such as Macmillan Cancer Support
- Student voice questionnaire
Issues that the School Council has successfully implemented:
- Selected Macmillan Cancer Support as the charity to represent, who we raised over £1000 for.
- Had a Christmas Jumper Day which raided over £800 for Save the Children, in hope to help child refugees.
- Students can now donate money to both Macmillan and Save the Children by donating their VIVOS.