Tibshelf Community School’s School Council has begun the year with a number of projects nominated and voted for by the students. There are currently three working committees which meet weekly and then as a whole School Council each half term.
Tibshelf’s student Wellbeing Committee has focused on the issue of integration within school with the introduction of the ARC; Autism Resource Centre, students felt it was important that there should be a greater awareness of what it meant to be autistic and it was hoped that this would help to avoid any concerns around bullying.
Y8 Student; Freya Scott who represents the ARC on the Student Council, created a wonderful, thoughtful and light hearted look at what it’s like to be autistic. She has presented this in Y7 Citizenship lessons, assemblies and was invited to speak at the Bolsover Youth Council meeting in January.
The Student Well Being Committee, led by chair Ellie Smith, is now exploring the use of the term “gay” which will be presented as a piece of drama in assemblies.
The School Council’s Recycling Committee has gone from strength to strength. All classrooms now have provision for recycling paper. Students will next focus on cans and plastic bottles and to support this, they are planning creative recycling workshops after school.
Finally, the Communication Committee, is working alongside School councillors at Heath Primary School and Chesterfield College to create a film to promote the role of School Councils and the importance of student voice and democracy.