At The Sydney Russell School, we aim to prepare students to take an active role in their communities once they leave school. As part of this, they are given opportunities to contribute to the life of the school and the wider community. One aspect of this is that students are selected to lead certain teams. While a member of staff has overall responsibility for the various enrichment activities, it is intended that students will take as much responsibility as possible. The current structure is as follows:
There are four committees. Students volunteer to be members of the committees and take responsibility for initiating and organising events relevant to their committee.
Throughout the year, students initiate, plan and run a wide range of events to raise money for charities chosen by the students. One of these is Jeans for Genes Day.
Students are involved in discussions to reduce the amount of litter around the school. They have begun a project to develop gardens in secluded parts of the school. There are various initiatives to do with recycling.
There is a School Nutrition Action Group. Students are involved in designing strategies to encourage others to eat healthily.
In the course of an academic year students plan and run a range of activities to involve the local community. A regular feature is a coffee morning for local residents to raise money for Macmillan.
House Captains take on a leadership role to compete against other houses for the annual Trophy. There are fives houses competing against each other in a series of competitions and the role of a House Captain is to ensure that there is a team competing for each event.