Student councils and the activities associated with them differ across different schools. Here are some common tips that will help you start and run a student school council that is beneficial both to the students and the school.
What should a student council do?
- It should address the concerns of the students and come with ways to sort out problems if they are genuine. In the process, the council becomes the reason for all the improvements at school.
- Organizing events of interest to the students and those that give an opportunity for students to showcase their talent is also an important role that should be played by the student council.
- It should promote parent teacher interaction which will benefit both the students and the school. A sort of mutual understanding is thus established between the students and the school authorities.
How to make your school council effective?
Organize: learn about the interest of students through surveys and make a list of activities which they may like. But don’t stuff the curriculum with activities only. Prioritize and provide something holds maximum interest of students.
Selection of council members: everything about the council depends on the students involved in it. It is important that members of the council are enthusiastic, proactive, vigilant, co-operative with students and have leadership qualities.
Group meetings: group meetings should be held at regular intervals of time in order to discuss various aspects of functioning of the student council. Ideally members of the student council, volunteers, class representatives, teachers, counselors must be a part of the meetings.
Student interaction: These councils are ultimately for the benefit of the students. So all the activities conducted should be student pro. Involve the students as much as possible. Encourage suggestions and ideas by them.