School Council & Charities
The school council team were elected at the start of term ensuring that each key stage and House at BGS are being represented. The students applied for the role demonstrating their desire to be heard, represent the voices of their peers and to make positive changes at BGS.
Regular updates of school council initiatives will be posted here…
The team have had a busy start to the year: They started by listening to the views of their peers, then they conducted and counted a whole school ballot and finally they chose the charities that BGS is supporting this year: Teenage Cancer Trust and the Great Ormond St Hospital Charity. Over the course of the winter term an amazing £1585 has been raised by students! Fundraising activities such as the Christmas Hamper raffle, a Guess the Santa competition, a Christmas postal service run by Year 7s and selling refreshments at Parents evenings have all contributed to this achievement. As well as fundraising, the school council have been bravely leading assemblies to promote the charities and fundraising activities to all students.
Charity update for last year 2014/2015
Staff and students at BGS had an excellent year raising money for charity. The charities democratically voted by students were the Teenage Cancer Trust, Great Ormond St Hospital and the DEC Nepal Appeal. Thanks to enthusiasm, hard work and empathy we raised the impressive amounts of £1,585, £1,216 and £1,824 respectively.
In addition to this, Year 7 students raised money for the London Air Ambulance, staff raised money for Macmillan and Sixth Form students raised money for Papyrus by putting on a brilliant version of “A Streetcar Named Desire”.
Fundraising activities ranging from Bake sales, Coffee Mornings, a themed non uniform day “When I grow up I want to be…” and Guess the Santa all helped contribute to this impressive total. A special thank you to the forms 7AWS, 8MPL, 8JS & 8WEA for holding their own fundraising events and to the School Council for helping to organise and run many of them too.
Run by young people, the UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.
Schools across the country have been asked to sign up to the national youth debate “Make your Mark” and BGS took part. Earlier this term all students at BGS were involved in a nationwide ballot where they had to vote for one of 15 topical subjects affecting young people. In October the results were submitted to the UKYP and in November at the House of Commons the national youth debate takes place – televised on BBC Parliament.
Victoria Chivers in Year 12 is the UKYP representative for the borough of Bexley and will be part of the national youth debate happening in the House of Commons.