Student Council launches
For a couple of weeks in February and March, Sacred Heart caught the political bug as candidates from Years 7-11 embarked on their campaigns to be elected to the newly-formed Student Council.
In total an amazing 92 candidates applied for the ten Student Council posts (two in each year group, one for a boy and one for a girl). These applications were then whittled down to a handful of candidates in each year group who made it on to the ballot papers.
An entertaining week of assemblies saw many candidates give speeches, and an array of ingenious and striking campaign posters were soon plastered throughout the school. Many promises were made, which candidates may discover in time are hard if not impossible to deliver! However, there were also many interesting ideas expressed in terms of how to improve the school which may well end up being implemented.
Once the votes from pupils and staff had been counted up the results were as follows. Runners-up will succeed to the council should the winning candidates stand down for any reason during the next 12 months. Attendance data about council reps and the minutes from meetings will be posted on the school website.
Student council results 2016
Year 7: Year 8:
1st: Rachel Balogun 54 votes 1st: Amabel Cofie 63 votes
2nd: Francesca Pires 53 votes 2nd: Holly Agbukor 53 votes
1st: Dennis Iyamu 87 votes 1st: Joshua Quadri 89 votes
2nd: Elie N’Guessan 48 votes 2nd: Samuel Binyam 50 votes
Year 9: Year 10:
1st: Courtney Osei-Dapaa 59 votes 1st: Anthonia Ezeudogu 92 votes
2nd: Leah Lue-Kong 42 votes 2nd: Jessica Granda 28 votes
1st: Daniel Latigo 93 votes 1st: Leo Ngo 75 votes
2nd: Wayne Narag 31 votes 2nd: Aaron Green 52 votes
1st: Sky Lawal-West 62 votes
2nd: Abrehet Semra 29 votes
1st: IK Omo-Ighorado 98 votes
2nd: Bacson Dias-Graca 45 votes
Congratulations to the winning candidates! Runners-up will act as reserves in the event of any representatives leaving Student Council before the end of their 12-month term.
Student Council: what’s it for and what do we hope to achieve?
Student Council has recently been set up under the guidance of the Year 13 Leadership Team, and presented itself to Years 7-11 as a medium through which their thoughts and ideas may be expressed and implemented. After a long and arduous selection process consisting of application forms, shortlists, and elections the ten Year Representatives have been chosen and have begun work. We believe that Student Council is more than just a box that the school should tick, and more than just a place for students to vent their frustrations. Student Council is about responsibility. By placing the freedom of choice at the hands of students, they are able to make realistic and effective changes to the school, from small things which will be rarely noticed, to much grander initiatives.
What do we hope to achieve? Change and development. We firstly want school to become a more comfortable environment for the students, by giving them a sense of responsibility and empowerment we hope that pupils become more invested in the school community. Effective change won’t be easy, when ideas are put forward we’ll need utmost dedication from students, staff, and representatives to ensure that the legitimate wishes of the students are put into action. In reference to development, this is both the development of the school community, and of individual students. We hope that the Council will epitomise student leadership skills, by helping them with leadership, public speaking, and soft skills.
“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.”
Henry A. Kissinger
Leonardo de Rezende
Student Council Chairman, Year 13)