Pupils campaigned enthusiastically in the run up to the elections which were held in school to select the new Members of the School Parliament.
The purpose of the School Parliament is to give pupils a real voice within a manageable system and encourage the students to take ownership and responsibility for their school. At the same time it enables staff to gain pupils' perspective.
School Parliament members represent all pupils in each year group at Saint Paul’s Catholic High School. They are elected by the pupils to represent their ideas and views. Each form has two representatives and from these representatives via the whole school elections there is a smaller elected group, The Cabinet. The Cabinet includes two pupils from each year group.
Ms Michelle Davies, School Parliament Link teacher, explained: “Following a election campaign, the library became a polling station and all pupils were issued with polling cards so getting a say in the selection of the Members of the School Parliament. This way of working encourages the pupils to develop a sense of responsibility as well as an understanding of the democratic process.”
“The members of our school parliament meet on a regular basis. The Parliament is regularly invited to contribute to decision-making in relation to many aspects of school life and to represent the school on special occasions. In addition they demonstrate their social responsibilities by raising funds for charity,” added Ms Davies.
“The position of Member of School Parliament (MSP) is one of responsibility and one which provides an important connection between pupils and staff. Becoming a MSP is a valuable goal, it plays an important part in a pupil’s personal development and opens their mind to new levels of responsibility and participation in a very positive way.” commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “