Student VoiceCompassionate Leadership and Change-Makers
Throughout their school life, students at Godolphin and Latymer are encouraged to take a lead on issues that matter to them; there is a real emphasis on developing girls’ ability to lead and make things happen. In particular, there are a number of student-led committees that play an important role in planning and running school activities and that help shape and develop the culture and ethos of our school. These are underpinned by a programme of workshops for our students on Compassionate Leadership and Change-Makers.
Social Impact Committee
Launched in 2020, the Social Impact Committee aims to create partnerships with local, national and international charitable organisations over a number of years, to fund raise, raise awareness within the school community and, most importantly, to educate themselves by learning from our partners.
The 32-member strong student committee is focusing its attention on building a partnership with the Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank and is also working alongside the Snow Land School in Nepal. In March, members of the Social Impact Committee ran a successful introductory session for Year 7 students about Snow Lands and the amazing journey that the children born in the High Himalayas of Nepal have to undertake to go to school in the cities. The journey is so long that the children are unable to return to their villages to see their families until their education is complete, and then it is only possible if there is funding available for the very long trek home. More workshops to discuss fundraising ideas are planned for later in the Summer Term.
Other charities supported by the committee include the West London Welcome Community centre which is run for and with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in West London.
The Sustainability Committee was also launched in Autumn 2020 and aims to encourage the Godolphin community to take action to improve environmental sustainability in our school, local community and beyond. It is developing a series of student workshops and in Summer 2021 is launching a competition for students to design and pitch their ideas to improve sustainability within our community. The committee secured funding from our PTFA for the G&L Allotment which they have cultivated with help from the Premises Team.
The Diversity Committee had its launch assembly in April 2021 and it aims to get the school community talking about a whole range of topics on the theme of diversity and to ensure that students can openly discuss their backgrounds and identities without the fear of being judged or misunderstood. The student committee is looking at ways to help incorporate more diversity in our curriculum and conversations, to ensure that pupils are learning about other cultures, religions, histories, genders, sexual identities and more.