Role of a representative and class council meetings at Arthur Rimbaud French School.
1) The representative
Being elected a class representative means being chosen, by means of a vote, alongside another representative, to represent the whole class. Their classmates' trust requires some responsibility of them: by proxy, the whole class expresses itself through their voice.
To properly fulfil their role as spokesperson, he/she asks for their classmates' opinion objectively (without taking sides), asks them about shared problems and takes the time to talk to each one about problems they might face.
To fully execute his/her duties, the representative confers with the whole class as often as possible and at least before each Class Council meeting.
2) Class Council meeting
The Class Council, an important moment in class life, is chaired by the Head of school and attended by the room teacher. The other teachers of the class are also present, as well as two parent representatives and, of course, the two class representatives.
During the meeting, shared educational issues are first addressed (class organization, working environment, etc.), then the meeting proceeds to individual issues. School work, attitudes, and problems (if any) are considered by the teachers. The representatives may then be requested to clarify something to the council, or they may take the initiative to give their assessment of a classmate's situation so as to better understand it (only if classmate has given his/her approval to discuss issues of his/her personal life).
The last council of the year rules on students passing to the next grade or on their subject choice, depending on the grade.
3) Representative before, during and after the School Council meeting
Before: he/she calls a class meeting to prepare for the council by conferring with them on any problems they might have, etc.
During: he/she objectively presents to the adults the outcome of the discussions with his/her classmates, speaks about the shared aspects of class life and individual case studies. He/she is also required to carefully note down the gist of what is being said.
After: he/she draws up, for his/her classmates, a report detailing the comments made about the class. Individual cases may not be discussed with everybody, but only with the student in question.