Student Council

The Student Council provides an opportunity for students to build and utilize their leadership skills and acts as a liaison between students and the school administration.

The process of electing the Student Council begins in March when students from the A1 class are nominated by votes from students, staff and faculty members.

The Student Council is finalized in August after discussions with members of the outgoing Council, a review of AS Level grades, votes from the Southshore community, disciplinary record, involvement in extracurricular activities and performance in all components of the Programme of Studies (A-Level subjects, seminars, Learning Modules).

The Council consists of a President, Vice President, and General Secretary as well as 10-12 council members. All members of the Student Council are expected to uphold school rules in letter and in spirit while serving as positive examples to the rest of the school community.

STUDENT COUNCIL 2015-16
  • Safina Amir (President)
  • Natalia Khan (Vice President)
  • Tuba Aisha (General Secretary)
  • Osama Javed Khan (Treasurer)
  • Alvina Khan
  • Divya Tejwaney
  • Hadia Tahir Ali
  • Hania Mannan
  • Lamiya Waheed
  • Mahwish Hashmi
  • Mishael Qadeer
  • M. Arsalan Zubairi
  • M. Saif Ali
  • Pashmita Thakur
  • Shayan Tahir Adil
  • Sheza Asghar


STUDENT COUNCIL SELECTION PROCESS

The Southshore Student Council (SC) is selected after a rigorous process involving faculty, students, administration and alumni. Selection criteria includes academic prowess and effort, success in Learning Modules, contributions to Southshore, discipline, motivation, attitude, commitment and of course, votes from the entire Southshore community. Beginning late in the spring term, the selection process concludes in mid-August after A/S Level results arrive.

The entire Southshore community nominates potential SC members by ballot. Each vote carries points which help to identify the initial group of candidates. There are different point values assigned to each category of votes, with faculty votes having the highest value. Votes are tabulated over the summer and a list of SC candidates is developed based on the point totals earned.

This initial list is then reviewed in context of the A/S Level grades that arrive in August. A minimum grade standard is established and candidates who fall below that level cannot proceed forward in the process. Additionally, any potential candidate with discipline issues is also eliminated at this point. However, anyone who has achieved outstanding results, but is not on the initial list, is considered for inclusion in the process.

Now comes the hardest part of the process!

1Each candidate invited for an interview must complete an extensive questionnaire that explores a wide variety of issues including their motivation for being on the SC, contributions to the Southshore community and more. The forms are forwarded to the members of the selection committee who use these, and the candidates’ essay, during the interview process and later discussions.

2Interview committees are formed and candidates are divided into groups.  Students can expect a challenging interview that explores many facets of their ability to serve on the SC.  It is up to the student to impress them with their honesty, commitment and more!

3The final step is a meeting of the entire SC selection committee. Each interview committee presents their candidates, commenting on strengths and weaknesses. At the conclusion of those presentations, voting rounds begin. Every committee member has an equal vote but significantly greater weight (positive or otherwise) is given to members who have interviewed a particular candidate. Hopefully, after a few voting rounds, usually accompanied by a lively discussion, the selection committee is able to agree on the composition of the SC. It is an immensely difficult and often heart-wrenching process to come to the final decision about the SC as the committee is not always able to accommodate all desirable candidates.

4Once the SC members are in place, the selection committee discussion moves towards identifying the officeholders. The process is very similar, with each committee member indicating who they feel should hold the positions of President, Vice President, General Secretary and Treasurer. Again, the discussion is always intense since these positions have the most visibility and responsibility within the Student Council.

Being appointed a member of Student Council is one of the greatest acknowledgements that Southshore bestows on its students. It signifies recognition of a student’s academic achievements, school spirit and contributions to the Southshore community.

Of course, there is always the honour of having your name added permanently in gilded gold letters to the SC wall outside the Principal’s Office!

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