as declared by the
KIS STUDENT COUNCIL
THE FREE REPUBLIC OF THE STUDENT BODY
KIS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
We the Students of KIS, in order to better our educational institution, uphold the value of knowledge, inspire fellow students, strengthen the spirit of the community, and promote excellence, do ordain and publish this Constitution, as to be carried out by the Student Council of KIS.
All executive powers herein granted shall be vested in the Student Council of KIS.
The role of the KIS Student Council is to: provide leadership and vision for the community; coordinate events and activities, approve community-proposed activities and ideas; develop, revise and implement school policy in cooperation with members of the school’s senior leadership team (Head of School, Principals, Head of Marketing / Admissions, IT Coordinator, and Administrative Director); act as an intermediary between the School Administration and the Student Body.
The Student Council shall be composed of two representatives from Grades 6-11, one male and one female, and four members from Grades 12, two male and two female.
Each representative shall have one vote. All members of the Student Council and their corresponding votes will be considered equal and hold equal weight, irrespective of their grade.
Representatives of each class shall be appointed through a mandate from the grades. All candidates must make an approximately minute-long speech to justify their candidacy to their grade-level before the voting is held. The mandate shall then be secured through a popular vote as per the standardised election procedure as specified in the Council-sanctioned Election Procedural Handbook. The elections must be held in G5 – G11 and the procedure must be enacted without bias or interference by the G12 electoral representatives.
Representatives may be removed if they are considered to have conducted their work within the Council irresponsibly or if they are involved in major or continued disciplinary infractions outside of Council. Senior members of the school administration may also conduct a vote of no confidence. The class may also remove its representative if two-thirds of the class vote to do so, although this vote must be conducted in consultation with the homeroom teachers. The removal may only occur after two formal warnings have been issued.
The President shall be appointed through a mandate from the Student Council. The President shall be selected from one of the G12 representatives and the mandate shall be secured through a Student Council vote after a period of at least 2 operational school weeks, including joint-chairing of the meetings by the G12 candidates, after which the representatives can make an informed decision. The President must provide leadership and direction for the KIS Student Council, and presidential approval must be sought for major projects. A single presidential term will last from the election of the President to the dissolution of the Council.
The Vice-President shall be appointed through a mandate from the Student Council. The President will nominate two or more candidates from any of the non Grade-12 representatives, after the voting of the President. The Vice President shall be appointed through general consensus of the Council. A single vice-presidential term will last from the election of the President to the dissolution of the Council. Once a Vice-President is appointed, they will represent the entire student body, and thus another Council member will be elected from their grade in order to represent their class.
Elections for the Student Council members of the following academic year will take place every April before the end of Term 2. Term 3 will be considered a transition period where both Council members from both academic years will be involved in Council operation. The Council shall be formally dissolved upon the conclusion of the President’s final address at the End of School Year Assembly.
A supervisor shall be volunteered by the Principal and the Head of School who will oversee the Student Council. While the supervisor shall hold no vote, they will be able to veto any inappropriate ideas, and provide guidance. In the case of continued insufficient action on the Supervisor’s part, the Council, with the support of two-thirds of its members, can send a representative group to discuss issues with the Principal.
Executive Secretaries shall be appointed by the President in order to help with the administration of the Council. They will be able to help facilitate the coordination of the work of the Council and will help with overseeing the coordination of Council work with the student body. The appointment of a maximum of two secretaries is allowed as seen fit.
A Treasurer will be appointed by the President to manage council funds. The Treasurer’s guidance will be needed in the event where a withdrawal of a large amount of council funds is required in a situation not provided for by the constitution. All major fund withdrawals require approval of the entire council.
In the event of a Council-related emergency, the Council President may withdraw a sum of money not greater than 20% for Council-related use of the council’s total funds with the approval of the Treasurer and Advisor, without prior consultation with the entire Council body. The Council body must be informed as soon as possible through approved communication channels.
The President, Vice-President, Secretary(ies) and Treasurer will form the Student Council Executive Committee. To ensure the impartiality and neutrality of the Executive Committee as the representative of the entire student body, they will be removed from the Houses system.
Upon the dissolution of the Council an Interim Chair is selected to guide initiatives while the Council is in recess. The chair should be a member of the incumbent Executive committee who will retain a position on the Council the following academic year. In the event of there being no suitable candidate, the council supervisor may take on the role at the behest of the Council. The new Council is reformed after no more than two meetings upon the commencement of the next academic year. G12 members are added into the Executive Committee temporarily.
New initiatives must be approved by Student Council members; minor initiatives should have the approval of the executive committee and two non-executive representatives while major initiatives should be supported by the entire council. The Principal and SEA shall be consulted for major activities and as needed for minor activities. Major initiatives affect class time and involve more than 50 people while minor initiatives are smaller in scale and/or impact, and can be run frequently and regularly.
In the case where a certain issue is unresolved and it cannot be completely resolved through conversation and general consent within the council, a Council vote should be sought, where at least two-thirds of the Council must agree to avoid conflict. In case of continued conflict, the President will have ultimate authority on how to end the conflict and should take action as to their discretion.
The wider school community may propose their ideas to the Council by proposing ideas to their class representatives during advisory sessions, which must then be taken later to the Student Council. Ideas and feedback can be given at other times or through technology. Any large projects or service ideas will be run through Student Council, which will be responsible for helping coordinate the project with school administration.
The KIS Student Council may choose to outsource part of its work, such as media and public relations, to teams from the student body, and may set project or team leaders from within the Student Council. However, the Student Council will still retain ultimate power over such teams and may overturn their decisions, or revoke outsourcing permission. The leader of any outsourced project will come from the team itself, although Student Council may appoint a liaison officers to oversee communications.
To preserve the efficiency and efficacy of the Council, All members of the Student Council pledge to keep all details, discussions, and information, unless otherwise stated, confidential and within the Council itself.
The Houses system will be comprised of: Tosakan, Hanuman, Naga and Erawan, who will
elect one house captain at the start of every year to represent them. They may also elect additional vice house captains. Student council members may not run for the post of house captain. The official Houses logo will be used in all media and T-Shirts. The logo for the houses may not be changed unless approved by a Student mandate.
Any amendment to this constitution must have the consent and vote of the entire council, and representatives must seek the general approval of their class. Any major changes to the constitution brought about through constitutional amendment will require a two-thirds majority through a student body referendum. The ratification of this Constitution through a Student Council vote shall be sufficient for its Establishment, however, it must be re-established and extended every year with the annual forming of the Council.