2014 has been a year of change, opportunity and growth for the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC)
The VicSRC Student Executive continues to lead the organisation forward and direct the work of the organisation. Students have worked hard to advocate on the resolutions passed by students at Congress. The team participated in monthly meetings, training days and two camps throughout the year. We thank the Exec teams from 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 for their commitment and energy.
As an organisation our media profile has grown with over 10 media mentions across print and online publications through the year, with students commenting on issues that affect their education and schooling. Our networks and channels have continued to evolve, with the rollout of the new VicSRC logo, website , monthly eNewsletter and social media platform in early 2014.
In 2014, VicSRC reached far and wide, connecting with metro and regional students across the state through a series of events. Partner schools hosted 12 Regional conferences with 616 students and 90 teachers from 94 schools in attendance. This marked an increase of 157% in student participation from 2013.
Alongside Regional Conferences, VicSRC also wrapped up our pilot of the Teach the Teacher program and evaluation with 10 schools across the state completing the program. VicSRC is thrilled to have secured funding for the delivery of the program over the next 3 years.
Next up was the penultimate event on our calendar: Congress 2014. Held at Lord Somers Camp with 175 students in attendance (up from 72 students in 2013), a record number of students participated. Four media stories, 15 volunteers, one retweet from the Premier of Victoria and a visit from the Minister for Education later, students from across the state shared their voices and determined the key issues and advocacy platforms that the VicSRC Student Executive will focus on in 2014-2015.
This year has been a year of many firsts, including the first time presenting the VicSRC Recognition Awards as a stand-alone event. Our final event for the year was attended by the Minister for Education, Hon. Martin Dixon, and we were delighted to receive over 50 applications from 28 schools across the state. 15 finalists were selected across five categories. See ‘The Wrap Up: 2014 VicSRC Recognition Awards’.
Student voices continue to be heard across Victorian policy and advocacy. This includes our continuing participation in stakeholder consultation sessions to discuss the deliverables for key Government policy outlined in Towards Victoria as a Learning Community (TVLC) initiative.
We continue to grow, and this year the VicSRC received an increase in funding from the Department of Education and Early childhood development for 2014 – 2017. Our finalised three-year organisational strategy is supported by an increased staff team from 1 to 3. We welcomed Fiona Campbell (Communications and Events Officer) and Emma Myers (VicSRC Project Officer) onto the team.
As the peak body representing students in Victoria, we are thrilled to wrap up 2014 celebrating students, SRCs, and schools that leading the way in student voice. The growth of the organisation over the past 12 months is a credit to the depth, breadth and capacity of students across the state. We have so much in store for 2015 but for now, we thank you for your involvement in VicSRC events and activities, as members and as volunteers. We hope you have a wonderful summer holiday!
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