“I love the fact we students get a say at RIC, they listen to us here.”
lizzie, year 9, joined ric from st william of perth primary
Each class in Years 7 – 10 have a representative on the Student Council; these councillors are elected each term so six students from each year group have the opportunity to hold the position each year. It is an important feature of RIC’s Student Council meetings that they are open. Any students can come who want to be involved. Often students who have been elected in the past continue to attend, and some come for specific reasons, to voice a concern or suggest an activity.
The Lower School Council has been extremely successful in making a difference to everyday life in New Road House. They have come up with ideas the staff would never have thought of; for example tangerines being far more popular than apples in the canteen. At their suggestion we now have a beanbag corner in the hall, and a chess club every Monday lunchtime.
The Council has been exceptionally proactive organising events. Last term they organised, promoted and supervised a bake sale to raise money for The Wisdom Hospice, a local charity, and invited the Head of Fundraising from the Hospice to come and talk to the rest of the Lower School to tell them how their money was going to be spent. Their entrepreneurial spirit, team leadership skills and enthusiasm were brilliant!
In April the Student Council planned an Easter Egg Hunt raising money for the Koestler Trust. Different year groups worked together to combine a general knowledge quiz with an egg hunt. They eventually surpassed their £100 target by £26. The College was able to name an award in the Trust’s annual competition, and students have been invited to visit the exhibition at the Southbank Centre in September.