School senates are implanted throughout many schools in hope that the opinion of students from the school can hold great ideas and hopefully, if all goes well, have it put into the school system; however, I write now to hold an opinion of my own. Are school senates used to their full potential?
By that I suggest that normally the idea of school senates is encouraged by other students, teachers and head teachers and hence the idea is now put in, but, I have found through personal experience that once the first few concepts students have are put through, the meetings become less and less frequent. This annoys students whether they are in the senate or support it generally, why should the students of the school have their say silenced? Of course nothing stops them from quickly mentioning something to a teacher but what are words when we have a school senate?
I cannot stress the relevance and utter most importance of the interactivity between the pupils and teachers. This should be a core thing that strengthens and concretes the relationship of a school to make it one, not something that comes from the top, why should we not have a say on our own education during some of the most important years of our life? Let it mingle a school, binding it together.
My school particularly, have the school senate idea in already but lack the ‘resources’ and ‘time’ to hold regular meetings, this has a severe impact on the imagination and confidence of the students, new things in the school are met with questions rather than answers and at the time seem like a bad idea… but still remain a bad idea after a while too.
A prime example was new water fountains put in for filling up bottles on the go. This was announced in an assembly and implanted over the next coming weeks, they are used normally but the point is that it wasn’t a conscious – team decision, there is no excuse why the students couldn’t have a say on whether they thought it was a good idea or not.
How schools should improve this.
Schools should improve their sophisticated interactivity with students by allowing frequent and precise meetings that allow ideas to be expressed at the time that make them relevant. By allowing relevant ideas to be given out in meetings, teachers can get a real understanding to what the pupils want. After all, it is the students who best see the school on a day-to-day basis and so can give valid ideas about how school experiences can be improved for the future.
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