At The British School of Amsterdam we believe it is important that we consult with our pupils and consider their opinions, ideas and thoughts, to help us to evaluate what the children like about their school and what we can do to make it even better for them.
Children in both year groups have plenty of opportunities to become involved in school life by taking part in one of our pupil voice groups. Children can apply to become a member of the School Council, the Eco Squad, the Busy Bees (responsible for the playground) or Team Smile (our mini prefects). Children choose projects to work on to make our school better for everyone.
Pupils gain vital experience in developing their young leadership skills through a variety of activities, including the Junior School Council, which meets each week and is made up of an elected pupil from each class. The School Council publishes a monthly newsletter and works on different projects over the year, including playground design and resources, raising money for local charities, and having input into school issues such as our anti-bullying promise and the new school building. Year 5 children train to become Playground Pals and organise games at lunchtimes, and children can join the Eco Squads for Year 3 and 4 or 5 and 6, and take part in responsible jobs such as being Power Rangers and Recycling Champions, and helping us work towards our Gold Eco Schools Award. In Year 6 children apply to become Prefects, and have a range of duties across each week, including collecting house points, helping run the tuck shop, and taking care of the library. Every class has a range of monitor duties and the children take part in writing their class charter at the start of each year, and children are very enthusiastic when asked to act as buddies for new starts, helping them get to know the school and its routines.
Pupils have a valuable contribution to make to the effectiveness of the school and active participation in an appropriate manner in the operation of the Senior School is a valuable dimension of a pupil’s educational experience, providing preparation for citizenship and fostering a mature attitude. A Student Council provides an opportunity for pupils to engage in a structured partnership with teachers, parents and school leaders in the operation of the school. At the Senior School our Student Council is led by members of our Senior Prefect Team. They hold regular meetings with representatives from all year groups on the council.
Pupil voice focus groups have been set up in the school so pupils have a voice in reviewing, evaluation and possibly making changes school wide in areas such as teaching and learning, curriculum development and extra-curricular activities.