The school students’ council consists of a student from every class from year 4 up to year 6. These students are chosen by their peers through a class election which takes place during the first term. The chosen members and I, meet up with the Assistant Head, Ms Gafà, and under her guidance we discuss various issues of interest to us students. The school council’s role is very important as it serves as a bridge between the students’ needs and the administration.
As a matter of fact, the council is responsible to cater for the holistic well-being of every student, liaise with the headmaster any suggestions requested by their peers, inform the students about what is being discussed during the meetings and last but not least organize activities within the school for the students to enjoy.
STUDENTS’ COUNCIL ELECTIONS HELD IN NOVEMBER
During the PSCD lessons in the first term, students explored the topic of democracy and understood how important their voice is in the school community. Sessions on leadership, teamwork, decision making, communication and public speaking have been carried out in preparation for the Student Council elections.
Children from Year 4 to Year 6 handed their nominations and promoted themselves and their ideas during the Electoral Campaign. They gave a short speech to their class, created posters and distributed badges to encourage their classmates to vote for them. This helped the voters to choose the right candidates.
THE STUDENTS’ COUNCIL (2017-2018)
I am Willa Naylor and I make part of the Students’ Council. Every year during the first term an election is held among students and a student is chosen from every class from Year 4 to Year 6. In all there are 13 members.
Once the Students’ Council is elected another election takes place among the members to elect the President, the Vice President, the Secretary, the Vice Secretary and the PRO. The President is Pamela Sammut. The Vice President is James Borg. I was elected as the School Secretary and Oisin McKinley is the Vice Secretary. Then we have also a PRO and her name is Jodie Vella.
The aim of the Students’ Council is to plan activities and improve the school to benefit the students. My role as the secretary is to take notes of what is being said during the meetings which are held once a month. This is important because my notes help all of us to keep track of our progress. This also helps us to be organised and focused to achieve our goals.
I feel very proud to be a member of the Students’ Council and to be part of something that can achieve a lot of positive results.
YOU MATTER NO MATTER WHAT!
On the 29th January, 2018 the Students’ Council and other students from St Thomas More College were invited to participate in the Universal Children’s Day activity organised by the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society in collaboration with Eurochild, entitled You Matter No Matter What.
This activity was part of a National campaign focusing on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC), with a special emphasis on article 12 which states that children have a right to give their opinion, and that adults must listen and take it seriously. After an animated discussion on children’s rights, resource packs including a t-shirt and paints were distributed to all schools. On the t-shirts which will also be exhibited in Brussels, students had to write what makes them feel heard and what does not make them feel heard.
The 21st March, 2018 brought together schools from Malta and Gozo together to follow up on what was discussed and learnt. The event was held at the San Anton Palace
Willa Naylor presented the t-shirt she has designed. Willa said that she feels heard when people take time to value what she says. On the other hand she does not feel heard when adults disregard her feelings just because she is a child.
Willa also presented the t-shirt that James Borg has prepared as he had other commitments on the day. According to James other children’s opinions and peer pressure stop him from being heard.
All in all this was the perfect conclusion to a day that the students enjoyed and felt enriched at the end. The experience of joining together for a good cause, of knowing that their work would be presented overseas, that their message would be heard and the scenic, heritage background ensured that the day and its shared values would long be remembered.