At Woodside, we understand the importance of our students’ views and opinions and provide an opportunity for discussion on important issues through Year Councils and the School Council. Council members are elected by their peers in elections conducted in September of each year.
Each class elects democratically two representatives to serve on the Year Council. The role of the class representatives is to consult with their peers over issues that arise at Year Council Meetings and report back to their class at the earliest opportunity. Each class also elects two deputy class representatives, in case of absence.
At the first meeting of each Year Council, students elect a chairperson and secretary. Minutes of the meetings are taken and are available to all representatives in the following weeks meeting. The aim of this is to ensure that every student can be kept informed and to generate further interest in issues discussed. Minutes are usually posted on the year notice board by the Head of Year or Ms. Berry, School Council Co-ordinator.
We provide our students with the opportunity to take on more responsibility within the school. Prospective candidates must undergo election for the role and will be voted in by staff and students. Elections for Prefects and Head Prefects by Year 10 students take place in the summer term.
Prefects and Head Prefects will wear distinctive ties and badges and have additional responsibilities involving work with students and staff.Prefects also attend assemblies.
Additionally, there are opportunities to become subject ambassadors. Ambassadors are appointed to promote particular subjects and are trained and engaged in a range of activities, including staff appointments, the observation of learning and teaching, supporting clubs and helping with displays.