‘Ousedale School is a community in which students are fully integrated in student leadership roles that support the work of the school and the wider community, while at the same time developing their leadership skills preparing them for the next stage of their education or employment.’
Aims of Student Leadership at Ousedale School
· To empower students to work in partnership with staff towards shared goals.
· To provide opportunities for students to flourish within the school and wider community
· To provide a chance for students to develop leadership skills through a variety of opportunities which impact positively within school on learning, teaching and well-being for both students and staff, as well as out of school in the local community.
· To prepare students holistically to excel in life after formal education.
Student Leadership roles have now been filled and have been busy in their new roles in the following areas:
- Year 7 Student Council NP
- Year 8 Student Council NP
- Year 9 Student Council NP
- Year 10 Student Council NP
- Year 11 Student Council NP
- Key Stage 3 Council Olney
- Key Stage 4 Council Olney
- Enrichment Leaders
- Rewards Leaders
- Charity Leaders
- Free Time Leaders
- Sports Leaders
- Technical Ambassadors
Below is a summary of some of their activities but do check the website for updates:
The KS3 Student Council at Olney have been hard at work ensuring that the main issues important to KS3 are being addressed. Based on suggestions from each tutor group, we have decided on a project to help KS3 with issues linked to health. Each year group has taken responsibility for a different facet of health: Year 7 are focussing on healthy friendships; Year 8 are focussing on mental health; Year 9 are focussing on physical health. Currently each year group are undertaking a series of different tasks to start the new year with a series of posters, tutor time activities, PSHE lesson outlines and assembly ideas to ensure that we can promote the concept of health to the rest of the Key Stage. Here’s to a happy and healthy new year with KS3 Student Council.
The Year 7 Student Council at NP have already written and produced the first three chapters of our transition book that we are writing. The aim of the book is to help future students who are transitioning to school to let them know more about what is happening and what to expect. Our next three chapters are on the second half term and we are currently writing about charities week, ACE days and the student council. We have also been looking at the transition and how we can further improve it next year. We have collated ideas and we are currently debating about how to implement our ideas.
The Year 8 Student Council at NP have put together a presentation on litter and delivered it in assembly; looked at ‘target bins’ to help reduce the amount of litter; looking into the possibility of vending machines for water in order to reduce the canteen queue times; reviewing the possibility of an Ousedale float in the Newport Pagnell Carnival; lobbying for some more outside seating in front of the eco centre and looking at ways to fundraise for this; worked closely with the free time leaders and have improved and promoted activities at lunch time; played an integral part in charity week by organising stalls and were very helpful at the parent/tutor evening as guides and meeting and greeting parents on arrival.
A possible major project for the future is to turn the abandoned tennis courts into a vegetable patch or football area if tarmacked. Watch this space…
The Year 11 Student Council at NP organised a Prom ticket raffle for charities week. We are facilitating a revision room at lunch time for Year 11 students to work and have lunch. We are also going to work on developing the revision timetable for the summer examinations.
The new Leaders have also been busy….
The Free Time Leaders at NP have been joined by Brandon East (13JLB) and Elisabeth Browne (13TR) and are made up of students from Years 7, 8 and 9. The focus has been working on creating designated quiet areas at break and lunch e.g. the pringle and tunnel and designated areas for year groups to play ball games. This is still ongoing but hope to have all of this in place after Christmas. The group have also approached the PE Department about using the Astroturf at lunchtimes to play football. This has been agreed and a rota is being drawn up. Posters have been created for promoting Drama and there is a chance the trampolining club will come back.
The Environment Leaders following a successful campaign to brighten, tidy and update all the notice boards at Olney campus, are also devising plans for a project per term. To finish an excellent opening term, the group planned and led an excellent assembly to KS3 that opened our eyes to the environmental problems experienced on a national, local and individual level. Next term, we are going to be looking at updating the campus’ outdoor spaces - particularly the courtyard - as well as designing a tutor time activity to educate students further about ways to help our local and school environment.
The Environment leaders at NP have also been working with the Sixth Form Leadership Team and have been working on helping to improve the appearance of the site and noticeboards for Prospective Parents Evening. After this we have been working on ways to help tackle the litter problem in schools, nationally. Going forward we will be looking at alternative bins to be used in school as well as recycling bins for the canteens. We were also integral in preparing the site and room for the David Dein session.
The Enrichment Leaders have been working with staff to ensure this runs smoothly and have also suggested new ideas based on feedback from form groups. Some of their ideas will be implemented in the Spring sessions.
The Rewards Leaders have been working on keeping epraise high profile and have suggested potential rewards to acknowledge the efforts of our peers. We have contacted businesses for rewards which will be an ongoing process and are planning to do an assembly in the new calendar year.
The Charity Leaders have been busy this term attending meetings to prepare for charities week, which was a great success. The team led by Ellie Reed (13DM) organised the annual Ousedale’s Got Talent with all year groups participating in a variety of acts. We organised the charity stalls in the hall which ranged from cakes to lucky dips. The week finished with a non-uniform day with all proceeds going to Save the Children and Willen hospice.
The technical ambassadors continue to work tirelessly with high profile school events and their work is widely acknowledged.
Student Council 2016/17 overview looking back
Year 7 have achieved a lot in a short space of time, and this was their first council experience at Ousedale School. Achievements include: Front of queue pass for KS3, Rugby club for girls, ‘Do’s and don’ts’ of free time poster for tutor groups. They are currently working on a new project to make the appearance of the school even better. They are currently planning an assembly to share with other years.
The main focus for the year 8 council this year has been the school environment.
They have mainly worked on creating wildlife houses and bird feeders and are currently on with building a pond. The council are also working with year 7 creating a litter assembly for PALS to deliver next year. Over the Christmas period the council organised and ran a charity netball and football tournament to raise money for Willen hospice.
Year 9 student council are in the process of completing a relaxation corner in the eco-centre. 24 year 9 students are participating in the enrichment activity constructing a wooden seat/pagoda from scratch. A member of the student council also organised a Lithuanian lesson to other year 9 students and hopes to run this with aspire students next term.
Again, a big focus is the environment where they have developed a working group developing their ideas of how to improve the environment within the lower school canteen. They distributed questionnaires have been distributed to the KS3 tutor groups to research how students feel about the canteen. A presentation is being put together focusing on the introduction of canteen monitors who will volunteer on a rota and work alongside duty staff.
Year 10 have focussed on using their experiences to try and benefit others. They organised an Assembly for Year 9 surrounding GCSE/BTEC options. They are also planning an Assembly to deliver to next year’s Year 10 encouraging hard work and commitment in Year 11.
They are currently ‘in discussions’ with the site team regarding benches. Student Council members are also attached to each Department area to contribute to praise and rewards systems. They are also looking to plan an additional fund raising opportunity for our charities.
Year 11 designed a questionnaire that all students in Year 11 were invited to take part in so that an appropriate leavers top could be ordered. They reviewed the questionnaires and got quotes from three different providers, and opted for a zip up hoody.
They decided to split roles within the team in terms of the environment and they all had a fortnightly day where the council member would monitor the canteen.
During the latter stages of the year they all brought ideas regarding what part of school they would like to see refurbished. The refurbishment of the science block news meant they were very pleased.
They are currently working with ‘Time for Change’ focussing on student wellbeing.
Key Stage 3 Olney
At the start of the year they ran a short term project where the council raised awareness about corridor etiquette by creating posters, researching routes around campus, liaising with staff and their tutor groups. They also liaised with the science department surrounding a new competition/experience outside of school which will be introduced next academic year. They also created a student council notice board with suggestion areas to ensure that student voice is accessible to all of KS3. They are currently in the process of planning for a long term project alongside ‘Environment Leaders’ to refurbish the Olney campus quiet area. They were also involved in a successful question and answer session with the Chair of Governors.
In addition, the Chair (of the council) – Charlotte Paul – successfully gain a place on the MK Youth Cabinet
Key Stage 4 Olney
Implemented a question box in reception for students to post ideas about what they would like to have discussed in student council meetings. They also made sure that there were more signs around school and suggested that we had more litter bins available in the which is now the case.
They want to get a speaker in from Amnesty International and are currently working with the canteen about alternative options.
They also suggested that a litter leadership team was implemented and that is now a part of the new leadership role of ‘Environment Leader’ role
‘Student Leadership Accreditation’
Further opportunities to develop Leadership skills is through the SSAT Student Leadership Accreditation where students focus on: