Every Monday morning all students gather to share information on arrangements for the coming week. This provides a regular platform for students to express themselves within a larger group and to learn to discern what is relevant for them personally and within the College context. Creative, imaginative ways are used to encourage all students to participate according to their ability.
This is a more formal setting where students’ voices can be heard and followed up. The aim is to ensure that students’ opinions are considered in relation to the day-to-day life of the community and also in plans for the future. The Student Council contributes to the management of the Community through regular reporting to the Management Group and Trustees. The annual Self Assessment Report addresses issues raised by the Student Council.
Student representatives are elected by their peers and House co-workers each year. They report back to them, and the chairperson, a senior co-worker, will then report to the Management Group.
Topics discussed in the past include: organisation of festivals; performances; events; suggestions/changes to free time activities; review of topics in the student handbook; discussion of new guidelines and policies
House meetings take place weekly in each House community with everyone present, an inclusive platform where students may reflect on practical issues such as their House tasks, work experience, menu planning and friendships. The planning of forthcoming events such as parties, birthdays and the organisation of the weekend often forms a large part of meetings. Where possible students will learn to chair meetings and, with support, write up minutes.