At CNCS, we firmly believe in the power of the student voice. We provide students with a number of different Leadership opportunities whilst they are at school, ranging from Head Boy and Head Girl to Student Council Tutor Representatives. We believe that it is imperative to give students a voice and to take their opinions and views on board, looking to change and improve things where we can.
Head Boy and Head Girl
Year 12 have the opportunity at the end of the academic year to apply for the role of Head Boy and Head Girl. This is the pinnacle of student leadership and the role comes with a detailed job description which both challenges and develops the leadership skills of those students selected. The schools current Senior Student Leadership for 2021-22 are:
- Head Girl: Kirtthi Sri Baskaran
- Head Boy: Kien Kirk
- Deputy Head Girl: Caelan Corkery
- Deputy Head Boy: Madhav Ketheeswararajah
- Cultural Lead - Ann Dapaah
- Chaplaincy and Catholic Life Lead - Maisie Douglas
- Cultural Lead - Thabethan Jeyananthan
- More Able Lead - Niamh Owens
The Prefect System is highly respected by our students and they wear their special pins with pride. They are easily identified by the school as they are distinguished by their green ties. Our Prefects are positive role models and help to promote the ethos of the school by supporting both staff and students in everyday tasks, events and initiatives. Our students are eligible to apply for these positions at the end of year 10, if they meet the criteria relating to attendance, punctuality and behaviour, and have the qualities needed to be successful in the role.
The Student Council is an integral part of our school community, as developing the student voice is paramount to promoting change. The purpose of the Student council is to communicate their ideas and suggestions about a wide variety of issues. Pupils are encouraged to develop skills to help them communicate, think about important issues, express and justify opinions and contribute to discussions and debates. Minutes of the meetings are taken and shared with staff and students. A list of actions is drawn up and then students are informed of any decisions made via tutor discussions and E-Briefings.
As our Student Council is all about developing the student voice, students take part in an Election Campaign to democratically vote on their tutor’s representative. Students are encouraged to write speeches or make promotional videos and deliver their speeches to their tutors. Each individual student is then provided with a polling card, which they then take to the polling stations and cast their votes in ballot boxes.
Student Council representatives meet formally once a half term and discuss issues raised from their tutor groups, with the Headteacher and Governors. All information is fed back to tutor groups and actions are discussed. Not only do the representatives have formal meetings, each year group has a nominated chairman to help lead the discussions, as well as lead the analysis of the fortnightly Forms Questionnaire that is sent out to the student body. This is to encourage students to speak up and raise awareness of issues within school and make a real change to their time at Cardinal Newman.
CNCS has also introduced a KS3 Student Council Reporters Club, where student council members from Years 7-9 make a half termly summary video to update the student body on student council actions. This is to bring a more technological element to the student council and to ensure messages and actions are known to the entire school community.
The Eco-Committee is run and lead by like-minded students from each year group who take the lead in introducing, running and developing the Eco-Schools programme. Currently, the school are completing the steps towards achieving the green flag award. This award embarks the school on a meaningful path towards improving the environment in both the school and the local community while at the same time having a life-long positive impact on the lives of young people and their families. The Eco-Schools Green Flag is an internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning and the Eco-Committee are working extremely hard within the school to ensure Cardinal Newman achieves the award.
Years 7 and 8 are invited to help keep our school environment clean and tidy as Eco Champions. This role involves litter picking sessions and promoting environmentally friendly techniques to their peers! Our Eco Champions are excellent role models for their peers and wear their badges with pride.