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20 May 2019

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Meet Our Student Council

A few weeks prior to the biggest event of the academic year organised by the Student Council, the Leavers Prom 2019, we met the core members of the council to find out more about their role at Chelsea Independent College and future plans. We would like to thank Karla, Dante, Paulina, Dulce and Lia for their time and the answers to all of our curious questions.

 

Why did you decide to join the Student Council?

Dante: I study politics and recently joined a political party, so for me it is a good experience, which I will utilised in the future.

Lia: I was a student council member at my previous school so I wanted to join here too. I think that we, a student council, can change some things and help our fellow students.

Karla: For me, it is very important to create a community in which people can feel comfortable with themselves. Students can have someone they can rely on, someone who listens to them. If students wish to change certain aspects of the day-to-day school run or express their proposals, the Student Council is here for them.

Paulina: Having someone who can “fight” for students, excluding the teachers. That was my initial driving force.

Dulce: I was also a member of a student council at my previous school, but we were not heard. We were not allowed to make a bigger impact. Therefore, I wanted to try and see if it would be different here at CIC, and it actually is!

 

As the Student Council, do you think you have a good impact on what is happening at CIC?

Everyone: Definitely!

Dante: When we started off this year, there was an official induction day where we all got to meet each other. After a few weeks, the student council initiative brought people together and we began organising school events like the charity bake sales, talents show and football matches.

Karla: At the beginning, students didn’t really trust us, however, once we organised some successful events, we had proven to have a good impact.

 

What are the main Student Council’s duties or events you organise?

Karla: Creating events for both charities and students’ purposes, for example organising the upcoming prom. We are also here to listen to any complaints or problems our fellow students face. We can act on their behalf and assist with their issues.

Dante: We represent students, that is the main role I would say.

Are there any ideas or initiatives you can promise our students as members of the Student Council?

 

Is there anything you are proud of, something you managed to realise or organise as a team? 

Karla: We are proud of everything we have done, we make a real impact. Student Council is a great way to get more involved in co-curricular activities. Students are not afraid to come to us and ask us to help them.

Dante: The first football match we organised had the biggest turnout ever. Even students from our sister school came to join us. We had at least 30-35 people playing and around 25 supporting the teams.

Lia: Even though some of the events are not as successful (economically speaking), our presence is valued.

 

How can newcomers join the Student Council?

Dante: At the beginning of each school year there is a list of clubs and societies, so everyone is welcome to join us.

Karla: However, for the next academic year, we would like to improve the process, make it easier for students to join. So there is probably going to be an event to break the ice.

Dante: Also, this year there were no students from the former Student Council. We had to start from scratch, we didn’t know each other. It will be easier to get more students to join us with the foundation we have built so far.

 

The biggest event of this year is the school prom – how is it going?

Everyone: We are trying and still fundraising!

Dante: The biggest problem we are facing is having so many brilliant ideas and a great theme, but we are constrained by the budget. We are hoping to raise as much as we can!

Lia: It is hard to get students who attended last year’s prom to join us this year as they were a bit disappointed. But with what we have managed to raise so far, it is going to be much much better!

Karla: We are still making last minute arrangements but it is already coming together nicely.

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