The Power of Student Councils: Voices for School Improvement and Community Building

At St PETER’S, our Student Councils are an essential part of the transformative journey that shapes us into who we are: innovative, creative, and respectful. They play a pivotal role in shaping our unique and diverse community, with a shared commitment to making both local and global improvements. This month, we’ve proudly elected members to serve on the Primary (PYP), Middle Years (MYP), and Diploma (DP) Student Councils. These dedicated leaders are the voices of our students, collaborating closely with the school to bring each project to life, enhancing them, and forging enduring connections that extend far beyond our school years.

Primary Student Council

In our Primary Years, student council members are young visionaries who infuse our school with fresh ideas and boundless energy. They undergo a rigorous selection process that includes delivering compelling speeches and active engagement from their peers, all while completing their Year 5 unit of inquiry on various forms of government. This unique experience transforms them into the voice of the Primary division, advocating for the interests and concerns of our youngest school community members. Notably, all Year 5 students dedicated themselves to learning about the democratic election system, and their responsible voting choices deserve a resounding round of applause. The sense of responsibility exhibited by all Primary students who cast their votes is commendable.

On October 17th, the final candidates for President and Vice President took the stage and addressed the entire Primary school. Parents and guardians of these remarkable students were invited to attend and share in this momentous event. The elected candidates were Carla (for President) and Paolo (vice-president). Later this week, Victoria was selected as Secretary and Alba as Treasurer after they successfully applied via letters and were chosen by the elected leaders.

MYP and DP Student Councils

Moving up to Middle Years (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP), our student council members contribute to organizing events and initiatives that benefit the entire school. The upcoming International Day is just one example of their dedication to fostering an inclusive and diverse environment.

Collectively, these student councils are fundamental in improving our school community. They bring forward proposals and initiatives that enhance our educational environment, and they work hand in hand with school administrators and teachers to make these ideas a reality.

The student councils at St PETER’S embody collaboration, representation, agency, and student-led change. They ensure that students’ voices are heard and valued in the decision-making process, making our school a better place for all. Finally, having a student council also helps promote communication and management skills.

In this picture, we can see the MYP and DP Student Council members, Helena, Viva, Rita, Nikita, Isabel, YiQi, and Lucy. We want to thank every one of them for helping us make the school a better place.