Firstly, they meet up regularly at Student Council meetings during lunchtimes. In these meetings, we organize upcoming events at school (with the help of Mr. Clayton, Mr. Williams, Mme. Leonard and Mr. MacLean). We think of suggestions, plan them out and ultimately make it happen.
Class Captains are also the representatives of the class. When students in our class want to offer suggestions or improvements towards the school, we are the messengers. When our class is unsure about test dates, assembly dates, changes in rules or school policy or anything of the sort, class captains are the ones to rely on. It also works the other way around; if teachers want to pass a message on to the class, we are the ones they come to. The concept of class captains in this school aims to take down the wall of communication between students and teachers.
Those are the two main uses of class captains, but we have other small responsibilities to handle here and there. For example, the yearbook page from each class is due shortly; class captains are usually the ones you take care of it. We collectively come up with the idea as a class and the captains execute it.
A couple of months ago, some class captains and other students made a presentation for parents with children in primary school, about to transition into secondary. There were two students per year present to talk about how their school lives are going. Year 7s had a huge part in this. They gave advice about transitioning into secondary and gave parents an insight into what their first year was like.
Other things we do include teacher interviews. When the school is considering hiring a new teacher/staff member, they invite some class captains to interview them beforehand. I have personally experienced this recently. After the interview, we shared our opinions with Year 13 students, who passed the message on to Mr. Clayton. We also take part in 3 Way Conferences. We greet the parents, offer drinks and make sure they all sign in.
Class Captains also represent the FIS outside school. We went to the Zero Waste Conference in June last year. The conference lasted the whole day. It discussed many environmental issues like plastic in the sea, pollution, etc. We had a meeting shortly after this to discuss how we are going to change the school to be more environmentally friendly. A wonderful and informative experience.
That is being a class captain in a nutshell. Although it gets busy sometimes, it is worth the many experiences and skills acquired in the process!
Class Captain of Year 9A