Students work on making voices heard

May 08, 2016

Student leaders: Nathalia St Mary's of the Angels College students Emma Champion, Ashleigh Walpole, Patrick Brooks,Jesse Hicks, Lauren Harris and Olivia Brunskill.

A special Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) regional conference was held at Shepparton High School yesterday.

The conference saw students from Galen Catholic College, Shepparton High School, McGuire College, and Mooroopna, Mansfield, Cobram and Wanganui Park Secondary Colleges come together to discuss how they could be more active in their school communities.

VicSRC’s Kate Wilde led the discussion and said about 50 students attended the event.

She said some of the issues students had wanted to discuss included classroom behaviours and management, facilities and relationships between peers and teachers.

Kate said this was the 12th conference VicSRC had held across Victoria.

‘‘VicSRC exists to empower young people to have student voice in their schools across the state,’’ she said.

‘‘And this is part of what we do every year to get young people thinking about what they can do in their schools.’’

Nathalia St Mary’s of the Angels College Year 11 students Jesse Hicks, 16, and Ashleigh Walpole, 17, said they took a lot away from the conference.

‘‘It’s been heaps of fun getting to know different learning techniques we can take (away) and make everyone feel included back at school,’’ she said.

Jesse is a member of her school’s SRC team and believes there is room for improvement in the group.

‘‘Learning what we have, we can go back and make it better for next year,’’ she said.

The students said the conference also gave them a chance to work on an action plan for their school.

‘‘We’re going to work on improving student voice so that students have an opinion in the things they otherwise they might not actually have an opinion in,’’ Ashleigh said.

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