The School MeetingThe main authority of the school
The School Meeting is the main authority of the school. The School Meeting works in agreement with the rules and regulations of the school and the school board of governors.
Once a week the meeting is set and all pupils and employees have one vote each. In this context all decisions are taken, and different issues are discussed that involve the schools services and operation, structure and development.
The responsibility for the holding of the School Meeting is taken by turns between the classes. Each year starts with the eldest classes, who create the first agenda, which guides the debates and discussions. They also write a brief summery. At the end of the year the new students have taken over the job. The task has a duration of two weeks. The teachers also fill in some of the School Meetings a few times a year.
To make sure that the major and most important issues are remembered, and that they will be handed on from class to class, the School Meeting has created a School Meeting commission, who meet up every Monday with the class in command. Together they select the agenda, which has to be printed in our school paper that is published every Tuesday. The summery of the School Meeting is also put on Dapps, which is our internal communications system.
As a student at our school the School Meeting gives you the opportunity to get involved in decisions about the schools structure and content. Throughout the meeting every individual has the opportunity to express their opinion and to be heard.
It may occur that some issues at the School Meetings are discussed in so called “basic groups”.
These groups are formed at the meeting, where students and teachers go into smaller groups and discuss specific issues or tasks given. The groups report back to the School Meeting. Smoking policy, evaluation, a new timetable structure, etc. are a few examples of what can be discussed in smaller groups. There is a value in making more students and teachers say their opinion and this brings us a more varied discussion with broader aspects, which at times can ease the decision making and taking. Also it is a brilliant exercise to practise the presentation of your personal view and knowledge.