SCHOOL COUNCIL – Notes from the Meeting 15th June 2011
Megan McDonald - 7 Bede
Molly Moss - 8 Bede
Joe Roddy - 8 Gregory
Katie Green - 9 Allen
Danny De La Warr - 9 Bede
Chantelle Brooks - 10 Columba
George Benson - 10 Augustine
Megan Roe - ECO Schools Representative
Oliver Goodhew - 7 Gregory
Minutes of the last meeting:
1. Due to non-attendance of members at the last meeting, there were no previous minutes
or actions arising.
Mr Cafferkey advised that applications had been invited for the new Head Boy and Head Girl
positions. Speeches will be presented during the Year 10 assembly on Wednesday, 22 nd June
after which Year 10 and members of staff will have the opportunity to vote.
Following interviews, 44 prefects from Year 10 have also been appointed.
Following the blouse trial the general consensus is that it is has not worked very well. There
have been concerns with the colour not being right in that it doesn’t match school colours and
also the nature of the blouse is of concern. Pupils felt that although the blouse worked well with
the school jumper it did not work well when worn with a blazer. The mandate from pupils is that
they actually prefer the school tie and would like all pupils to wear the school tie in the correct
manner. There will be zero tolerance from September regarding pupils who do not wear their
uniform in the correct way.
Wheelchairs for Ghana
A certificate and photographs were recently presented to Cardinal Allen from Mr Harrington of
the Westhoughton Rotary Club. Mr Harrington advised that the £600.00 raised by Cardinal
Allen through fundraising, a staff coffee morning and a donation from the Pupil Council was
enough to purchase 8 wheelchairs which will be sent to Ghana.
Mr Cafferkey advised that last summer the school moved from 68 printers to 16 multi-function
printers. Staffs were given a printing quota which although it had its teething problems, has
proved very successful and which will now be rolled out to students.
From September, all students will be assigned a set amount of free printing credit based on the
Key Stage they are at and the amount of work due. This quota has been assigned based on
evidence of last year and what students need. Students who exceed their free print credit must
pay for additional print credit. Students will need to be aware of what they are doing and check
their work before printing. At the end of each term any remaining credits will be deleted and a
fresh quota of free credits will be reinstated. We are all guilty of printing too much.
This month’s newsletter will also explain in more detail all relevant information explaining how
the drive for sustainable printing resources adds to our environmental agenda as a Gold Level
Year representative issues:
1. Megan Roe raised the issue of the lower school toilets. Students still feel that although
the toilets are cleaned 3 times a day they are still not of an acceptable standard and students
feel they are in need of a major refurbish. There are also broken door catches on the cubicles
in the toilets. Toilet prefects were suggested to stop groups of students going into the toilets at
the same time. Miss Webster and Miss Shirreffs will investigate and report any issues to the the
2. Boys with long hair: The issue was raised that some boys are allowed to wear their hair
below their collar while others are requested to have it cut. This seems unfair. Girls would also
like to know the rules regarding hair colour and style as some students are obviously dying their
3. Homework issues: The issue was raised that students from the SEN Department do not
always appear to have homework set and students felt this was unfair. Miss Webster explained
the Learning Support procedure that some SEN students do core subjects only which varies
from student to student.
Another issue raised was that during class time, students who had failed to do their
homework by the set day were allowed to do it during the lesson by certain teachers. Students
feel this is extremely unfair, particularly when other students are set detentions for not doing
their homework on time. It is felt that teachers should all follow the same ruling on homework
and students should not be allowed to complete it during lesson time.
4. Prefects: The issue was raised that some prefects on duty felt unsure of how to react to
learning support students and what strategies to use when communicating with them. They felt
it might be useful to have a short meeting with a relevant member of the Learning Support team.
Miss Webster will speak to Mr Higham regarding this issue.
Any Other Business
As this was the last meeting of this academic year, Miss Shirreffs thanked all members for their
input this year and for representing their respective year groups. New elections will take place
There being no further business the meeting closed at 1.55pm.
Miss E M Shirreffs
Pupil Services Manager
School Council Co-ordinator
All council members