The Student Voice here at SMSJ is of extreme importance. We see it as an opportunity for students to become increasingly involved in school activities as well as participate in meetings in order to promote the importance of democracy. This has been introduced via the Youth Parliament which was an initiative brought into the school whereby students have had the opportunity to debate topics they have felt passionate which were then presented to local councillors. Voting systems have also been introduced at SMSJ whereby students in the school have voted for their favourite candidates.
An important aspect of student voice here at SMSJ is that we pride ourselves upon our student council; we have weekly meetings with selected representatives from each PAM group. This is in order to ensure that students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills by carrying out whole school activities and service projects as well as planning events that contribute to the school spirit and community welfare.
Students are also given the opportunity to become prefects thus becoming role models for peers.
Our aims for an effective student council are:
- To make sure that our school is a safe and happy place to be.
- To make sure that children have a place to voice their opinions and concerns.
- To encourage all children in the school to suggest improvements.
- To make sure any concerns are listened to and acted upon.