Ysgol Maes Hyfryd is committed to Student Voice and Democracy and as such, the School Council forms an important role in the development of our school.
The school council has a student member representing each class. The elections run annually each September and all students are encouraged to vote at the Ysgol Maes Hyfryd Polling Station.
The council elects a chair and secretary and meets monthly. The meetings are presently supported by Tanwen Messum, Family Engagement Worker.
This term we have been part of the Flintshire and Wrexham Schools Health Research Network and attended various events.
The school council have also met the local AM Hannah Blythyn to discuss a range of topics.
Sensory Council Reps- Jojo Howells, Louis Mushrow
KS3 Council Reps- Molly Ouslem, Matthew Bennett
KS4 Council Reps- Niall Evans, Charlotte Nicholls, Dion Callendar
Post 16 Council Reps- Jake Davies, Harry Moss, Ashley Allan
WHAT IS PARTICIPATION?
Participation literally means ‘taking part’. It is about children and young people in Wales - having a voice when decisions are being made that affect them, and being actively involved in making decisions.
This right is set out in Article 12 of the United Nation Convention on Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
In 2004 the Welsh Assembly Government ran a competition to explain what Participation means in a way that would be easy to understand for adults and young people. The winning ‘sound-bite’ was: "Participation means that it is my right to be involved in making decisions, planning and reviewing an action that might affect me. Having a voice, having a choice".
These are the standards that our school believes needs when involving children and young people in making decisions.
The 7 Standards are:-
- Information - which is easy for children and young people to understand;
- It’s Your Choice - enough information and time to make good choices;
- No Discrimination - every child and young person has the same chance to participate;
- Respect - Your opinion will be taken seriously;
- You get something out of it - You will enjoy the experience;
- Feedback - You will find out what difference your views have made;
- Improving how we work - Adults will ask you how they can improve how they work for the future.