At the West Bridgford School, we have a school council that is made up of two representatives from each year group and this year, two year-13 students are sharing the role of school council chair. We typically meet a few times each term to discuss issues, ideas and proposals about how we can improve the school or about events that we would like to get involved with.
Each year, the school allows us to have 3 non-uniform days, where years 7 to 11 dress in their own clothes and bring in £1 to support a charity. School council meets annually to decide which charities we are going to support on these non-uniform days. We like to call this the ‘charity bid’ meeting and it is something we always look forward to! We had our charity bid meeting in early October this year; a group of students from each year in the main school (years 7 to 11) attended the meeting in order to put forward a bid for the charity they had chosen. This normally means a presentation, which explains the choice of charity, the fundraising activities that will be carried out and what our money will go towards. The school councillors are always incredibly impressed by the standard of the presentations and this year was outstanding, which made our job of choosing the charities very difficult! We judge the bids on the quality of the presentation, the ideas for fundraising and the choice of charity, as we like to support a mix of larger, well-known charities, as well as smaller, local organisations. After a lot of discussion and deliberation, the school councillors voted for the 3 winning bids. We chose to support Children in Need (year 7), MySight Nottinghamshire (year 9) and The Jessica Hope Foundation (year 10). MySight supports people who are visually impaired, while The Jessica Hope Foundation was set up in memory of 16-year-old Jessica; it raises awareness and supports research in brain tumours in young people. Both are local charities.
We are really proud of our tradition of supporting charities, it is something that gets all of the school involved; from the students who prepare the bids, to the school councillors who watch them, to all of the students who support the fundraising events. Over the years, we have even had students put together songs to support charities, organise penalty shoot-outs and arrange for people from the charities to visit our school. This week, year 7 students are busy talking about Children In Need in all of the assemblies and on Friday we will have our first non-uniform day.
Year 13 student and joint-chair of School Council