Congress 2018 STUDENT Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register for Congress?
So, you want to come to Congress? Amazing! The first step is to chat to someone at your school, which might be an SRC teacher, a leadership coordinator, or someone else. It’s really important to talk to your school before registering, because unfortunately we can only take three students from each school. Your school might have a selection process to decide which students can attend. Once that’s finalised, get your teacher to go to our registration page and fill out the details!
There is a cost associated with coming to Congress, to help us put it on and give you the best possible experience. Some schools cover the costs of Congress tickets, and others will pass the cost onto your family. If you’re looking for the cheapest option, consider our new Day Delegate ticket option. You get all the fun at a cheaper price, and you get to sleep in your own bed!
If your school doesn’t know anything about Congress, get them to have a look at our website. They can also call the VicSRC offices on (03) 9267 3744.
If, for some reason, your school can’t support you to get to Congress then please give us a call yourself on (03) 9267 3744, or email us at
. The best person to talk to is our Congress Organiser Extraordinaire Kat, but anyone in the office should be able to help you out. We really want to help you get to Congress, so we will talk you through your options!
No problem! We want to represent all Victorian school-aged students, regardless of what type of education system you’re in. We can still only take three delegates from each type of organisation, so check with someone who might know whether your organisation will be attending Congress together.
If they’re not, contact us yourself on (03) 9267 3744 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The best person to talk to is our Congress Extraordinaire Kat, but anyone in the office should be able to help you out. We will be able to talk you through your options.
Congress is an explosion of student voice! You’ll be working with students from all over Victoria to debate issues that are important to you, and come up with positive changes that can be made to the Victorian education system.
On the first day you’ll organise yourselves into Action Teams around the key issues you want to work on. In these teams, you’ll come up with practical ways the education system can change to make your learning experience better!
You’ll also attend workshops to learn new skills and mix with like-minded people.
But don’t stress - it’s not all work! VicSRC and the Exec are super busy behind the scenes planning a whole lot of fun and games to make sure you have a fantastic time. We even have an epic, themed gala dinner on the second night, complete with costumes and dancing!
Of course, we also have some down time and a ‘chill out zone’ for those of us who can’t be high energy all the time. There will be plenty of time to relax and recharge!
And you don’t have to prepare anything – just come with some enthusiasm and an open mind, and we guarantee you’ll have an awesome time! If you’re really keen, you can spend some time thinking about what issues in the education system are most important to you
In your Action Teams you’ll come up with practical suggestions of how the education system in Victoria can. On the third morning, we invite key stakeholders, including The Minister for Education, to Congress to hear your ideas at Open Morning.
You all get to vote on the best ideas, and VicSRC takes these on board and works hard to make change!
For example, many students have said at Congress that student voice needs to be taken more seriously by school decision-makers. You can read about how students and VicSRC helped make that happen here (link to SoSC info).
Congress is a really fantastic place to meet new people who care about the same issues you do! We have delegates from year seven to year twelve, and everyone who comes to Congress is super friendly! We are willing to bet that you’ll have a bunch of new friends by the end of the three days.
The best thing about Congress is that YOU get to decide what issues and topics are discussed!
On Day One, students will pitch what topics they want to talk about, and as a group you’ll vote on the top twelve. We’ll then form Action Teams, with each Action Team debating positive solutions for one of the twelve top priorities.
In the past at Congress we’ve talked about student rights, real-world skills, student wellbeing, sustainability, and heaps of other important stuff! You can then take these ideas back to your school and community.
For an example of an initiative that was started at Congress, check out our information about student representation on school councils.
Open Morning is the culmination of Congress, where Congress delegates present their student-led solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our education system today.
We invite lots of stakeholders who work in the education system to come and hear your ideas, including the Hon. James Merlino MP, Victoria’s Minister for Education! There will also be students who haven’t been at Congress who will be able to hear more about all of the ideas from the delegates.
If you’re not able to make it to all of Congress, you should definitely come along to Open Morning! More details here.
The VicSRC Executive is a body of fifteen student representatives who are elected every year at Congress to govern VicSRC. Their job is to represent what is actually being said by students across Victoria and to manage the organisation’s work on initiatives identified by students at Congress.
At Congress 2018 delegates will elect the Exec for 2018-2019. Any student can nominate for a position on the Exec. It’s an awesome opportunity to really make a change at the highest levels of the education system! Read more about the Exec and how to nominate here.
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