Student Council Mission Statement and Objectives
Mission Statement for 2019-20: To ensure college life is student-led and student-focused in order to build a college community we can all be proud of.
Chair – James farrow
Hi! I’m James and I’m your Student Council Chair for this year. As well as coordinating our members (not too difficult they’re a great group of people), that means I set the agenda for and run meetings. I also do things that involve representing the student body in the local community, like when we went to meet William and Kate last year (slightly embarrassing pictures of me getting a lot more excited than I should have are readily available online). If you have any suggestions or would like to talk something through, just send me an email!
Vice Chair – Siân Montgomery
Every student council needs leadership, however my approach as Vice Chair is less to lead and more to facilitate others in getting their voices heard and being valued in our college community. Providing students with understanding, consideration and links to their council is my main focus! Aside from this, I work closely with our Chair to ensure every council session runs smoothly and efficiently and that each person has the input they deserve- no matter what the topic of discussion is. You’ll almost always see me around college with a notebook in hand looking at what we can improve for the student body and beyond!
Secretary – Acsa Maldovan
Hi, I’m Acsa, the Secretary for the Student Council. My job is to make sure everyone does what they have to do, and keep some things organised… as much as possible! Anyways, it’s a very enjoyable position because I have met so many amazing and different people since I joined the council, which I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise.
Senior Outreach Officer – Will Kerwin
One of the key elements of a council is listening to the views of the students on how to improve our great college. This is the primary role of my job, alongside with managing most of the social media I work with the councils of new ways to engage our college, to get a voice back from you guys so we know what we should spend our focus on. And hey! Don’t forget to follow @B6Council on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!
Treasurer – Holly Brookfield
Principle Objectives for 2019-20
In 2019-20 we aim to build on the successes of our previous year and establish a presence that is bigger and better than ever before. Top on our list will be continuing the success of the following initiatives:
- You Said We Did slides sent to pastoral mentors were effective and gave rise to interesting and sometimes lively debate. We repeatedly noticed an uptick in the number of emails sent to us about problems students had each time one of these slides was sent out.
- The Student Council Elections provided energetic debate in pastoral mentor sessions and increased engagement with the Council. We will be sure to repeat the process next spring.
- Student Cinema events were well-attended and we were happy to see that many students did not mind staying on after 1:30 on a Wednesday. We feel it achieved its aim of relaxing students during revision time and will be sure to carry it forward next year.
2018-19 saw many opportunities that were excellent in principle but we were not able to execute to their utmost capacity. We will be consolidating the following ideas to ensure they are the best they can be:
- Learn to Live Week did not go ahead due to too few members being available as a result of exam season. We will begin planning Learn to Live Week from September for it to take place immediately following the January Mocks. We feel this will solve last year’s issues.
- NUS Cards and Blackpool Sixth hoodies were an excellent fundraising opportunity but not maximised to their utmost potential. We aim to have measures in place by September that will increase sales to the point where we can fund the Council for the next two years.
- The branding of the Council was a consistent feature in negative feedback against our initiatives this year. We aim to alter our image to a more ‘adult’ organisation in 2019-20.
We are also excited to announce several completely new initiatives for 2019-20. Foremost amongst these will be the following:
- Our Partnership with Blue Skies will expand throughout the year and we aim to organise a number of events fundraising for the charity.
- Creating a Student Council Community Award that will both expand participation in non-academic life and aid students financially.
- Promote mental wellbeing through both charity and college-centric initiatives to combat exam stress.
- Increase the range and scope of extracurricular activities available to all students.