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Student Council 2014 – 2015



Thornleigh Salesian School Council 2014-15

Building on the strong foundations established over the last few years, we were quickly up and running. Each Year group had 16 representatives – 2 representatives from each form. There were a number of projects which we had begun in the previous year, which we were eager to develop.

Thornleigh School Radio

Last year we benefitted from technical training from DBBC – A local radio station and Synergy – the ITcompany who provided the equipment. Several of our students took part in the training and we were finally able to begin live broadcasting at break and lunch times during the summer term.

Stop press! Just this last week we met with another local radio station Bolton FM to look at how we can now develop this resource in school

School Scarves

Unfortunately, after consultation with a number of uniform suppliers, it was not considered to be economically viable to change the design of the scarves, due to the numbers sold.

The Northern Salesian Schools Network

The first meeting of the Northern Salesian Schools network will take place on the 22nd of October this year. This weekend will see the Student Voice residential at Savio House in Bollington – 9 of our Year 10 students will be participating. This will be closely followed with the first ever Salesian School Council event, hosted by Thornleigh with the two Liverpool schools, St John Bosco Art College and Savio College. We hope to have a productive day, sharing ideas and good practice

Charity Events

 Last year we continued to work closely with the Chaplaincy to support whole school charitable events. As well as the Shoe Box Appeal, Lepra and St Joseph’s Penny we introduced a new charity to the school, “Wear a Hat Day”. This charity works to raise money and awareness of childhood brain cancers. Our students were encouraged to donate a £1 to come to school in a hat for the day or to pay £1 to buy a hat shaped badge to promote the charity. Many of the staff joined in which made it fun, as well as worthwhile

Anti-bullying/ Cyber bullying

To coincide with National anti-bullying/cyber-bullying the School Council presented assemblies, designed posters and provided materials for teacher-led tutorials to promote awareness of how to deal with bullying and in particular who to go to if you are feeling pressured or anxious. Following the assemblies we displayed posters in every classroom, giving details of Thornleigh’s anti-bullying policy as well as showing which members of staff to go to.

The Eco-Group

2014-15 saw the emergence of the ECO Group. Many council members felt that not enough was being done to encourage our students to be more environmentally aware. More bins were put in the yard and we delivered assemblies and designed posters to support our ECO warriors! We have seen a decrease in litter, partly due to our campaign, partly due to having more bins and partly due to detentions for repeat offenders!

The group also came into school at weekends to plant daffodil bulbs, to  tidy  and brighten up flower beds with winter–flowering pansies, cyclamens and dianthus.

Just before Christmas we sold packets of wild flower seeds and Christmas inspired bird cake feeders to raise funds to buy more plants for the summer.


Meetings with Mellors are always eagerly anticipated! We enjoy tasting the new menu samples and giving feedback on new initiatives. Better labelling and publishing of menus in advance are some of the issues we have discussed.

Our present year 10 students also took part in a consultation exercise regarding the new interior designs for the canteen, as well as choosing the colour scheme!

Student Training Diaries

Students from Years 7-10 met with Mrs Grundy to discuss the new training diaries for this year. They had a direct input on what they wanted to be included in the diaries and what they did not eg They thought that having the scientific Periodic Table included was a good idea.

The General Election and Make Your Mark Campaign

Towards the end of the summer term we embarked on two ambitious campaigns-The Thornleigh General Election on May 7th and the Make Your Mark Campaign which began in July last Year

Both these campaigns allowed all our students to cast their vote for their preferred Party member in the General Election, whilst in the Make Your Mark campaign we were voting on current issues. The Transform party came out on top in May with 38% of the vote and in the Make Your Mark campaign, the issue which received the most votes was the “ living wage”

As we begin the new year 2015-16 we have already led assemblies on ”Make Your Mark” and “A New Start”. We are planning for the Salesian Schools School Council Conference and the Anti-Discrimination Conference at the Macron stadium in October. We are very much involved in the life of our school and are loving the opportunities we are being given!

Student Voice

Weekend residential at Savio House, Bollington

October 9-11 2015, nine Year 10 students from Thornleigh Salesian College took part in a “Student Voice” weekend at Savio House, Bollington. We were there as part of a Student Council initiative , organised by the Salesians to develop leadership skills, concentrating on Respect, Trust and Communication.

Working alongside students from St John Bosco Art College in Liverpool and Salesian College Farnborough we took part in activities which took us out of our comfort zone and challenged us to look at things from new perspectives. We worked hard over the weekend but still had time to make new friends and have fun. On Saturday afternoon, under sunny, blue skies we headed off across the valley up to the summit of White Nancy – a challenge in itself for some of us! Totally unplanned we saw the final flight of the Vulcan (an iconic airplane from the 1950s) over the skies of Manchester.

We are already looking forward to taking part in the next event which will be in February 2016.

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