The student councils at the school are a crucial communication tool and decision making body for the students. Two representatives from each class are chosen at the start of each school year.
The Student Council is a great way that AIS encourages participative democracy within the school.
Councilors are democratically elected by their fellow students to represent their interests for the year. The council comes together each week or fortnight to discuss ways to improve the school, student relations, or canvas issues or problems which have arisen. The students discuss the issues as equals, regardless of their age. Some of the issues which councilors have pursued include:
- Seeking permission for older students to visit the local shop (including drafting operational guidelines)
- Organizing fundraising events for the school
- Representing students who have raised concerns over teacher/student relations
- Students learn the processes of committee meetings, such as drafting and sending out meeting agendas, keeping notes, and providing minutes after each meeting to the student and school body. The student council is facilitated by a teacher who oversees the process, assisting or guiding where necessary.
- The school council teaches students to be:
- Open-minded – to listen to ideas of others and discuss concepts on merit
- Balanced – to consider the interests of conflicting student ideas and find the most sound course of action
- Communicators – able to communicate both positive and negative information to the student community about activities of the council in a fair and accurate manner.