It might not strictly be the politics you are used to reading or hearing about in the news, but Burnside High School – like any functioning society – does have its own political system of sorts. A major part of this is the Student Council, whose student-led initiatives include holding mufti days and events around school, in addition to addressing issues raised by the student body.
This column will seek to provide coverage of the council’s fortnightly meetings, and in doing so, highlight some of the more public events that you can expect from the 2013 Student Council in the months ahead, including next term’s Spring Festival.
One of the Council’s most admirable undertakings so far this year has been the blood donation appeal, which saw a healthy number of Burnside students giving up a little of their own blood to potentially save the lives of three others. As well as members of the Council who helped to organise the appeal, we are thankful to the New Zealand Blood Service for holding this event exclusively for Burnside students, in the Aurora centre. The appeal was fully booked out, with 80 students giving blood in early May.
The Council has also occupied itself with other important matters in and around our school. Following suggestions from students, the council approached the canteen asking for more Vegetarian options. The addition of a new vegetarian option should ensure all students are well catered for. The red and black mufti day earlier in the term also proved a success. This mufti day, coordinated across a number of Christchurch high schools, succeeded in raising $1900 for the Red Cross.
Finally, the persistent issue of congestion around the Greers Road bus stop has also been discussed at recent meetings, and the Christchurch City Council are now looking to address this potential safety hazard. A draft proposal is currently being considered by Environment Canterbury.
On behalf of the Student Council, I would encourage any students with issues or suggestions concerning our school and community to please pass them on to the Council, who would be glad to help you, by seeing Mrs Ussher in the West Division offices (E block).