In an assembly by the School Council (to which one School Council member attended, Abdi, Year 7), we were indoctrinated with the extent of change the School Council, in all their bureaucratic glory, had incurred over the past year. As well as Wooden Cutlery, the Council can add to their, admittedly short, list of achievements a set of new bins, as if students had had trouble finding the old bins before, what with them camouflaged bright red, and that somehow massive dalek-shaped black ones will decrease littering.
As if we hadn't had enough talk of Hampstead's Trash, the school now provide recycling bins (painted in the school's colours: Bright Orange), a minor addition to the school that was lobbied for by students years ago, with no avail until now.
Its not just the time-frame it took the School Council to react to the aforementioned simple request; the fact that they are kicking up such a fuss over, what comes down to, simply someone phoning the local council and asking for some new bins, clearly shows how little else they have achieved as our 'Student Representatives'.
To make matters even more strenuous, the council justified their 'hard work' with Article 24 of the UN Rights of the Child. I'm sorry, but Article 24, if anyone in council cared to actually read it properly, is about hygiene, sanitation and health. In what way were the old bins contradicting this? With their, you know, rubbish in them? At what point does a child need the Right to loads of Trash Cans? And, more importantly, who cares?
Cllr. Hugh G. Rection awaits the School Council's next policy with bated breath. Hopefully it will happen sometime in the next decade.
DISCLAIMER: This Hampstead Trash article has been written to critique the actions of the governing bodies of the school. This is so student readers can hear both sides of the argument, and formulate their own opinions on matters pertaining to their education.