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Role and Purpose of the Student Council in St. John the Baptist Boys NS

The role and purpose of a student council in our school is to provide a platform for students to actively participate in the decision-making processes that affect their school environment. 

 

The Role of the Student Council in St. John the Baptist Boys NS

Here are some common roles and purposes of a student council:

  1. Representation: Student councils aim to represent the student body, ensuring that their voices are heard in school matters. Representatives are often elected or appointed to advocate for the interests and concerns of their peers.

  2. Leadership Development: The student council provides opportunities for students to develop leadership skills. By taking on roles such as president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, etc., students learn about responsibility, teamwork, and effective communication.

  3. School Improvement: Student councils often work on initiatives to enhance the overall school experience. This could involve suggesting and organizing events, proposing improvements to facilities, or participating in discussions about school policies.

  4. Community Service: Many student councils engage in community service projects, promoting a sense of social responsibility among students. This might involve organizing charity events, volunteering, or raising awareness about important issues.

  5. Communication Channel: The student council serves as a communication channel between students, teachers, and school administrators. This helps bridge the gap between the student body and the school’s decision-makers.

  6. Organizing Events: Student councils are often responsible for planning and organizing school events, such as dances, fundraisers, and spirit weeks. These activities contribute to fostering a positive and inclusive school culture.

  7. Conflict Resolution: In some cases, student councils may be involved in addressing and resolving conflicts among students. This can contribute to creating a harmonious and respectful school environment.

  8. Educational Advocacy: Student councils may advocate for educational improvements, such as suggesting changes to the curriculum, providing input on teaching methods, or proposing ideas for extracurricular activities.

 

The Election Process

Each year, students from the Junior and Senior Classes are invited to nominate themselves for a place on the Student Council. Prior to the election nominees are invited to canvass and engage in debates with other candidates in their class.  An election is then held in each class and one representative from each class are awarded a seat on the Student Council for the duration of that academic year. The elected pupils are required to be active participants in the Student Council, Active Flag Committee and Green Schools Committee, and also to attend meetings regularly, participate in activities and be a role model for other students. All Student Council members wear specially designed badges to ensure they are readily identifiable as Student Council representatives.