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Andrew Gilmour Head Boy Manifesto PDF

Andrew Gilmour Head Boy Manifesto PDF

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Being Head Boy of any school is a role which comes with great responsibility.It requires a clear set of goals, an open mind to the views of others, and a realpassion for change. Being Head Boy of a school like Knox Academy is definitelyno exception.Since arriving at Knox Academy in the summer of 2005, I have come toappreciate that the school is a special place, an establishment which I amproud to be a part of, and most importantly, a place which I have taken a hugeamount from. This is why I feel that the opportunity to be Head Boy is onewhich I should grasp fully, as being Head Boy would be the ultimate way of giving back to the school, as much as I can, what my time here has given me.Being a pupil at Knox for such a substantial period of time has also allowedme to form an opinion on what I feel needs changed within the schoolcommunity. What I would like to achieve over my final year at the schoolrevolves primarily around the following:
Bringing about a stronger voice for the pupils within the school, and
Promoting the internet as a way to broadcast the work done withinthe school community.Firstly, it has occurred to me in recent times that the school is led very muchfrom the front, with decisions being made without fully consulting the pupilswhich they affect. This is something which I feel needs addressing to ensurethat the school reaches its full potential.The third article of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child(UNCRC) states that:
 Anyone making decisions that affect young people should make young
 people’s interests a high priority.” 
Within Knox Academy, the purpose of the school council is to provide a linkbetween the staff and pupils, and vice versa, to give students a voice indecisions which affect them. I have felt over the past few years that decisionshave been made which most definitely affected the pupils of the school,without the pupils being consulted in the way which the school council is
designed to make very easy. In the 21
Century, this attitude is notappropriate, and as Head Boy I would strive to ensure that a system is set up toensure a stronger pupil voice, to be certain the views of the pupils are notoverlooked again.Secondly, the school council within Knox Academy has the potential to be astrong voice within the school community, allowing decisions to be made jointly with the staff and pupils, to get the best deal for both parties. I feel thata strong voice needs a strong method of broadcasting the work that is done bysuch a group.If Knox Academy is to be considered a thoroughly modern learningenvironment, then the way in which the school uses the internet needsreviewing. It is lost on me why the school website has very little pupilgenerated content on it, when the work the pupils do within the school as amatter of course is of such a high standard. To be the only Secondary school inEast Lothian where the homepage is very formally written by the head teachershows how there is a lack of real community spirit within the school. In this dayand age, there is so much more which can easily be done.I would aim to encourage the use of the internet as far as possible, takingadvantage of such services offered by the council, and national bodies, such asedubuzz, and Glow. I also feel that the School Council could benefit from achange of the present situation. The work the school council does is of suchhigh importance, and I do not believe that this work is reported on fully to theother pupils, so why not use the web?The internet offers so many options which would ensure the work whichgoes on in the school gets recognised, and in particular, the work of the SchoolCouncil. Using the internet in this way, within Knox Academy would bedifferent, and would take some time to get used to, but the benefits it wouldbring, and the possibilities for promoting the work the school council does are,in my opinion, endless.I believe that Head Boy is a position which should only be filled by someonewho has a clear vision of what they would like to achieve, and by someonewho would like to change things for the whole school community, rather than just their year group. Of course, if elected, I would also be more than willing totake on the views of my peers, as ensuring a strong sense of a communitywithin the school is one of my ultimate goals, along with providing a strongvoice for the pupils.I would act on any suggestion in an enthusiastic and positive manner. Beingsomeone who relishes a challenge, who has a real love for working within a

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