As part of developing our potential young leaders, Whakarongo School has a school council, with members representing each house from years 5-8, and Year 8 House Leaders.
Council members are eligible to take on a school council role each year, with Year 8 students eligible to take on the house leader role for each council. These house leaders are supported by four council members within each house, representing each year group from Years 5-8 as best as possible, so that there are five members representing each house on the student council.
Members of student council from Years 5-7 are selected by the students putting their names forward as candidates, which are then considered by the Year 5-8 pod leaders/senior leaders and a candidate is selected for the role. Year 8 council members are elected as through the house leader elections, whereby candidates present a speech to their house members and house members vote to elect the house leader and Year 8 council representative. These roles are for the given year.
Each year, the school student council has many opportunities to lead events in our school, and they undergo specific leadership and collaborative team-building activities and development to help develop themselves as effective young leaders.
From 2018, our student council members are able to take part in a peer mediation programme, helping build the skills of these young learners as well as build the tuakana-teina nature of our school.
Our School Council for 2021