HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL CONSTITUTION
The Student Council consists of:
- 1 elected representative from each class from 1st – 6th Year.
- A representative of staff (Student Council Liaison Teacher).
- The process begins with the nomination procedure. All interested pupils must fill in a nomination form, being proposed by two of their class group.
- If only one nominee, that nominee automatically becomes Student Council Class Representative
- Class Teacher signs the form.
- List of candidates is displayed.
- Election is by secret ballot; pupils 1st preference beside candidates’ names.
- The votes are counted and kept by a staff member.
- If a Council member leaves or is dismissed, the candidate with the next highest number of votes will replace him.
- Speak at Student Council meetings about ideas from their classes.
- Present their ideas and suggestions at Student Council meetings.
- Attend Student Council meetings at lunch time every two or three weeks.
- Report at staff meetings and meetings with the Manager.
- Do Student Council work at home for upcoming meetings.
- Work with management on relevant school policies.
- Meet regularly with the Principal.
- Organise students into sub-committee for specific events.
- Carry out surveys, questionnaires, etc.
- Help to write reports.
- Raise money for identified student needs.
- Make sure that the whole school knows what the Student Council is doing.
- Help out at official school functions.
- Attends weekly meetings.
- Acts as link between staff and Student Council.
- Has a voice but not a vote.
- Is a source of information.
- Liaison teacher can select substitute teacher for replacement.
- All Council members are expected to attend all meetings.
- Meetings take place at lunchtime one day a fortnight.
- There must be 9 people present to have a meeting, 11 to have a vote.
- Student Council members vote to choose a Chairperson, Secretary, PRO and Treasurer.
- An agenda is set in advance and adhered to.
- Attendance record is kept and minutes are taken. Records are kept in the school office.
- All Council members get an equal say and are expected to contribute to each meeting.
- All contributions to the meeting must be through the Chairperson.
- Decisions are taken on a majority vote.
- All problems discussed at meetings must be treated with discretion, respect and confidentiality.
- A teacher must be present for a formal meeting to take place.
- Any uncomplimentary mention of staff, management or pupil by name or implication.
- Individual grievances between pupil and teacher.
- On-going disciplinary matters involving a student or group of students.
Code of Conduct
- Attend meetings.
- To be actively involved in Student Council activities.
- To set a good example to others.
- To represent the year group.
- To stand as a group and support decision made by the Student Council.
- To maintain good relations with staff members.
- Upon election, Council members sign a contract, in which they agree to attend weekly meetings, represent their year group, support their fellow Council members and abide by the school rules.
Removal of Student Council Members
Reasons for Removal
- Non-attendance at three meetings without a valid reason (automatic removal, no appeal).
- Regular non-involvement in Student Council activities.
- Breach of Council’s Code of Conduct.
- If a pupil leaves the school.
- N.B. A suspension from school results in removal from Student Council.
- In order for procedures to be started, the Liaison Teacher must receive three complaints from individual Council members.
- The liaison teacher issues a warning.
- If there are further breaches, the Council member is asked to resign.
- The Council member has a right to appeal in front of the Student Council.
- The decision to remove the Council member is voted on.
- The result is decided by a majority vote and is final.