The School Council comprises of a representative from each class in Years 3 to 6 who become the ears and voice of their peers.
Any WGHS girl who would like to be on the School Council has to stand for election and make a speech to her class members on why she thinks she should be elected; the girls then cast a vote on who they feel will be the best representative to voice their concerns. This system helps to broaden the girls understanding of the election process. The girls then stand in the School Council for the school year.
The School Council meets four times a term, focusing on a number of initiativesand topics which impact the school community. When they meet it is in a professional setting and their position of responsibility is taken very seriously. An attendance list is taken and there is an agenda set for each meeting. In every meeting a girl from Year 6 will take notes and these are then typed up as minutes which are logged and used in the next meeting. The minutes are also logged in a book that every pupil or teacher has access to. The girls in the council are trusted with high levels of responsibility, especially those in Year 5 and 6. It is the role of the girls in Year 6 to arrange a meeting with the Headmistress Mrs Cawthorne to give feedback on the meeting.
The teachers that help run the school council are Mr Ganley and Mrs Castle. The future aim for the School Council is to increase the number of meetings held and to encourage the girls to organise the meetings so that they develop skills required in the High School and learn to use their own initiative. Topics that have recently been covered by the School Council are road safety concerns, uniform, school maintenance and a healthy snack tuck shop. The Council also makes recommendations on which charities the girls would like to support during the Academic Year.
The School Council has already had a big impact around school and they have the power to help make a change.
The School Council also provided valuable input into the formation of a the Eco Committee and the role of the Eco Monitors.