The Student Council is a representative body that meets once a month. The Student Council is divided into a Primary Council and a Secondary Council, each led by their own Head and Deputy Head Boys and Girls. The Primary Council is made up of one student representative from each Year 3 - 6 homeroom, elected by their peers. The Secondary Council is made up of one student representative from each Year 7 - 13 homeroom, elected by their peers.
The purpose of the Student Council is as follows:
- Represent student feelings, opinions, and interests.
- Give students a share in decision making.
- Encourage students to participate in school activities.
- Help students understand and accept their role in school government.
Issues discussed at Student Council meetings range from uniform, concerns about the Coffee Shop and lunchtime issues to suggestions as to how to further develop the campus and links with community partners and charities.
Recent school developments attributed to the Student Council are the new school jacket, improvements in food service as well as variety in the available equipment at break times.
‘Students thrive on the leadership opportunities available. The student council plays a full and active part in making improvements in the school. The councillors feel listened to and know that their suggestions will be given full consideration. Their impact is evident across most aspects of the school; from their concern for car park attendants to wear high visibility jackets, to further improvements to the healthy meals on offer, to curriculum changes such as extra PE time for Years 10 and 11 and changes to the ICT IGCSE syllabus choice options.’ Education Development Trust (EDT) Accreditation Report, June 2017
Head Boy and Head Girl
The Head Boy & Head Girl are considered to be role models and must act accordingly. They are chosen from students who exemplify good behaviour, grades and attendance. The Head Boy & Girl may be asked to represent the school at public events and may be asked to make speeches. It is the highest honour the school can give to any student.
In Secondary, the selection process for Head Boy & Head Girl involves each candidate collecting two nominations from two different teachers to demonstrate that they are suitable candidates. Candidates must write a personal statement, explaining why they are the best choice for the position. Each candidate is interviewed by the Head of Pastoral Care. In the interviews, each candidate will be asked a number of questions relating to the role of Head Boy & Head Girl. The final decision rests with the Head and Deputy Head of Secondary. The Primary Head and Deputy Head Boys/Girls are selected by the children applying in writing to the Head of Primary, outlining their reasons for applying and ideas for development. Strong candidates are then invited to interview where they must impress in order to be appointed.
The role of Head boy and Head Girl includes jobs such as running and organising the Student Council and supervising the Prefects. In addition, the Head Boy & Head Girl will participate in flag raising, talking to the whole school about various issues, giving speeches at award ceremonies and other events in the school throughout the year.
Hello everyone, my name is Kairui Zhang (Carry) and I am going to be the Head Boy for this academic year. I have been in HeadStart International School since year 9. I am super grateful to HeadStart for making me into the person who I am today, as thanks to the school I would like to try my hardest to improve the community by contributing as much as possible to the improvement of the school. I believe that one of the most important qualities to become successful in life is to always be motivated, which is what I want to show to all the students in this academic year as the leader of the school.
My name is Keira Brain and I’m going to be the Head Girl for the upcoming year. I have been at HeadStart International School for 5 years, and throughout the years the atmosphere at HeadStart has always been very warm and welcoming with an amazing supportive community. I have made plenty of friends and have been lucky enough to be taught by some truly amazing and inspiring teachers which I’m most thankful for. The school has developed me immensely and I have become more determined and ambitious as an individual due to the motivating environment at HeadStart. As a thank you to the school, I would like to give back to the community by helping to maintain and improve HeadStart.