HGSS has an extremely strong student voice and this is thanks to the commitment and drive of its Student Union members. The SU consists of two elected Year Reps per year (one boy and one girl Years 7 to 11); Form Reps are appointed by their tutor (one boy and girl per form). We also have Sixth Form volunteers who assist with meetings and SU projects. Information on recent projects is shown below.
It is the role of the Form Reps to note issues raised by their tutor group in fortnightly student voice sessions and deal with these at their meetings. There is also an SU box located in Reception where students can anonymously drop in comments and suggestions. In this way every student has the chance to use their voice at some level.
Both Year Reps and Form Reps have been doing a commendable service for our school and I’d like to thank them for their continuing hard work.
Meetings are held fortnightly and are well attended. Recent issues have included the canteen service, safety and transport, toilets, new uniform and behaviour around the school.
SU Reps are involved in staff recruitment, by conducting interviews with candidates and giving feedback to SLT.
They also participate in Bucks County Council’s Youth Bank scheme, which involves making decisions on funding applications and they have shown maturity and professionalism in this role!
Upcoming student voice projects include whole school surveys on attitudes to learning and sex education. The SU Reps will conduct this research, evaluate the results then feed back to SLT. We will also soon be launching a ‘Name that Building’ competition for the Art/ MFL block with a prize for the winning entry!
Keep up the good work!
Miss M Maguire
Student Voice Co-ordinator
The Structure of the Student Union
Recent projects run by the Student Union
In April, the SU ran a competition to name the ‘new building’, which houses MFL, Art and Science. There were 70 entries and the winning name, The A.R.T.T.T. Block, was finally chosen by a panel consisting of SU Reps and staff members. The winner of the competition was Cameron Quigley in Year 12. There followed a grand opening in June, attended by Rob Holland’s parents and Cheryl Gillen MP; a plaque was also mounted, alongside photos of Rob, in the building.
On Friday 1st July, the SU held a MUFTI day, to raise money for A.R.T.T.T. Each year group ran activities at lunch to raise more funds, including: basketball by Year 7, tug of war with Year 8, an obstacle course by Year 9 and competitions in staring and arm wrestling from Year 10!