Student Council News
On this area of the website, we will feature Student Council members’ own stories about their involvement in the Council and other news related to this important and influential group. The Council aims to represent the views of students at The Beacon through a commitment to democracy and the importance of active participation in the life of the school.
The First Instalment, written by our Head Boy, Harry Mahoney-Roberts.
My name is Harry Mahoney-Roberts and I am the Head Boy at The Beacon School. I am studying History, Physical Education and Philosophy & Ethics. I have always had a deep interest in these topics; often dedicating parts of my free time to further my understanding.
Upon completing my A-Levels, I am hoping to read History and Politics at a leading university. I feel the skills I have developed at The Beacon School will give me the best opportunity to fulfil my ambitions. Following university, I am hoping to join the British Army as an officer, meaning I would study at the prestigious Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. After spending some time in the British Army, I hope to fulfil my ultimate ambition, a career in politics. Public service is something that will undoubtedly shape my life, and thus has been central to my approach as Head Boy.
As Head Boy, I have taken a lead in Student Council meetings. It has been an insightful experience; listening to the voices of our students’ representatives is an essential part of my role. The Student Council have been very busy this year, meeting once every half-term, and have unquestionably impacted the school positively.
The Student Council is committed to ensuring their peers have the best possible education, throughout the year they have worked hard to make this happen. In October, Year 9 and 10 students took part in a Question Time Event at Reigate Town Hall. Similar to the BBC’s Question Time, representatives questioned local political leaders on issues that directly affect us. Furthermore, the Student Council are currently preparing a letter to be sent to the local Member of Parliament, Chris Grayling, discussing school-funding plans and the teacher-shortage crisis.
Volunteers from the Student Council have been asked to lead the design of department logos, an important responsibility. Following presenting an assembly encouraging students to take part, our volunteers have been working effectively to choose from the excellent selection of logos for each department. In addition, we have been working with the Senior Leadership Team in order to spend our Bag2School charity funds in the best possible way.
In a recent meeting, The Chair of Governors discussed the school’s 2020 Vision; the council are resolute in our belief that this is a bold and innovative ambition that will undoubtedly make the school a better place. Throughout the year our school’s Chair of Governors has sat in on our meetings. Not only does this demonstrate the Governing-Body’s interest in the Student Council, it illustrates the Student Council’s maturity and professionalism.
Throughout the year, I have been impressed by the Student Council’s conscious effort to represent their peers with professionalism and maturity. Without doubt, the Student Council hold an important role in our school’s community; I am confident this will continue next year.
Harry Mahoney-Roberts, Head Boy.
23rd April 2017