In our school everybody matters and everybody has a voice. We feel that empowerment in education begins with having a greater say in how the school is run for both students and staff.
The weekly school meeting with all the teachers and students is where we discuss and decide on what we will study together, how we treat each other, out of school activities such as school trips and more. Decisions are made by arriving at a consensus where possible through majority voting with teachers and students having one vote each.
We create a space to discuss issues, to encourage free speech, to develop the ability to express one’s opinion in public and to listen to other points of view before making decisions. Students will often do some research to back up proposals to the school meeting. New ideas are often trialed to understand better the impact and implications they may have and then tweaked to fit.
The meeting itself is an important opportunity for learning how to communicate. The emphasis is on listening to the speaker without interrupting, feeling and then speaking with respect towards the individuals and the group. Students will learn about non-violent communication to nurture relationships where students feel free to express themselves whilst respecting others.