Henshaws Student Council: A voice for all students
We have a very active student council at College who represent the voices of all our students.
Watch the video below and read on to find out why their role is so important and the kinds of things our council members get involved in at College…
Why do we have a Student Council and what do you do?
“Student Council members are passionate about making sure everyone’s views about College life are heard and that every student has the same opportunities. We meet regularly to discuss issues and ideas. This could be anything from making suggestions for a new lunch menu or helping write our e-safety policy to coming up with ideas for new social events and College clubs.” – Tom
“We also take part in lots of internal and external activities to represent College like showing visitors around, interviewing new staff members, going to fundraising meetings and promoting College at events like craft fairs and enterprise stalls.” – Rachael
How do you feel about being part of the Student Council?
Tom, Chair of student council, age 21
“My best achievement is to be able to speak up for all students and help to get their views across. It’s important to represent people’s rights, especially those students who otherwise wouldn’t have a voice. It’s given me more confidence in speaking to people. I enjoy going to meetings off campus like the local area groups as I feel like I’m involved in the community.”
Chelsea, Health & Safety Rep, age 21
“I have more confidence and speak to more staff. I really and enjoy and look forward to the student council meetings. I would say College is a unique experience because you learn how to look after yourself while making friends and being independent.”
Rachael, Quality Rep, age 23
“When I first came here I had no confidence but being on the Student Council for two years has helped me to explain things to people and be more assertive. I know what I need to do and say to people to get my view across. Henshaws is inspiring, I have learnt so much here and I don’t want it to end.”
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