The MGS School Council is run by one of our teaching staff, Mrs Van Mol (Modern Foreign Languages and History), and 7 students (Year 13 as of September 2016). Council policy is to make students aware of existing rules that were put in place for safety reasons (such as the rules of in-class behaviour and uniform policies) and discuss issues important issues to students (such as bagging areas for the refectory and layout of internal exam periods).
Senior Student Roles
Year 13 students are allowed to open meetings and discuss School Council matters with students outside of meetings if students feel more comfortable with this.
Angus – School Council Chairman: Angus is in charge of leading meetings and ensuring those who are Council members are attending meetings. He is usually the one to present meetings and, along with Luke, keeps the meetings in order, ensuring fair debates between Council members. Angus and Luke both keep in contact with Senior Leadership when issues need to be run by them for discussing and approval.
Luke – School Council Deputy Chairman: Luke plays a supporting role to Angus and helps with contacting the younger years when meetings are on and plays a major role in forming fair discussions and debates. Angus and Luke both keep in contact with Senior Leadership when issues need to be run by them for discussing and approval.
Olivia – Secretary: Olivia takes the minutes in the meetings and works to ensure the students hear these minutes at the next meeting. Additionally, she is the one who reminds students of meetings before they occur and works on the School Council notice board (found in Piccadilly by the ICT technician’s office).
Lauren – Head of ICT Communications: Lauren heads up the communications with students via the school intranet and using this page on the school website, including sharing the minutes via the intranet. If a person contacts the Council’s email address, then Lauren is the person who is most likely to respond (note that emails are checked weekly).
Chris – Mature Over-looker: Chris acts to ensure debates are kept at a mature level, ensuring all points of view are taken into account, from all students and staff who raise opinions. He uses his experience with being at school longest to know the innermost workings of the school.
Other members include Vicky, Josh and Leo. They all bring different qualities to the team; each of them are from different groups of people and on the most part take different subjects, meaning they are able to collect opinions from different pupils for the Council to discuss, thus meaning that the Council is able to reach agreements with Senior Management that represent what students want from their school.