Congratulations to our VicSRC Recognition Awards finalists for 2015!
After two full days of shortlisting and judging of 59 nominations from 34 schools across Victoria, we are delighted to annoucne our top 15 finalists for 2015! Our finalists come from all across the state with incredible stories of advocacy and action putting students front and centre in their education system.
It's fantastic to see the depth and breadth of important work that SRCs are undertaking in their schools across Victoria. Over the coming weeks, you'll get to know each of our finalists - their projects, their passions and what makes them strive for positive change.
The countdown to the Recognition Awards ceremony on Thursday 29th October is on!
2015 Finalists quick links
Ave Maria College | Senior Leadership Team
"As a team we brainstormed a diverse range of ideas that we felt addressed the needs of all Ave Maria students. We were dedicated to improving the social environment within our college. The Initiative ‘AloVEly Week’ was implemented to engage students from across all year levels, providing them with interesting, diverse, and engaging activities and opportunities that improved the overall social environment of Ave Maria College."
Mount Waverley Secondary College | SRC
"Our aim has been to improve student teacher relationships. The team has achieved whole school change, working across the college to improve student teacher relationships, and using student voice to form our goals and to amplify it. It’s been so exciting to be part of such a vibrant, passionate, dynamic group, we all bring something different to the team, but together, we are making a massive difference to the school, and that’s something we can all be very proud of."
Winter's Flat Primary School | Community Leaders
"Community Leaders have transformed our whole school community. Our '1.2.3 Layers program' is where students make daily weather announcements suggesting the appropriate layers to wear reducing the use of heaters. Building on this, students have created sustainability awards for showing care to the environment. Nude Food everyday has changed the way parents shop purchasing healthier and less packaged options."
Bendigo Senior Secondary College | BSSC Student Council
"Our SRC strives to create positive change. This year our council has restructured our formula to increase productivity and engagement. This includes having two presidents, one from each year level; a newsletter, which circulates around the council so all members are up to date and included; and the majority of our time dedicated to sub-committees. Our council is creative. Our council is dedicated. Our council is outstanding."
Sacred Heart College Geelong | SRC
We are strongly student led, and guided through the help of numerous staff. Every committee is in charge of their own area of the school. The learning and ingenuity committee aim to promote good study strategies and an enthusiasm for learning. The social justice/faith and spirituality committees have supported the wider school community through their initiative 'MAD'- Make a difference..."
Sandringham East Primary School | Junior School Council
"The JSC has modified the structure of the council to include Grade 1-6 students and are working at developing their voice in not only the school but the broader community as well. Working with the School Council and Strategic Planning committee the JSC has consulted on upgrades to the school playground and are in the initial stages of development of a transition program for local kinder children as they prepare to start school."
Sarah Kreltszheim | Brighton Secondary College
"She believes in everyone, she empowers everyone and she cares about everyone. Being the SRC president this year I have had the pleasure working very closely with her. She is always looking to expand leadership in our school and give students a bigger voice. She has never said no to an idea we have brought to her; she has talked to us and come to compromises with how we can create achievable outcomes."
Hayley Dureau | Mount Waverley Secondary College
"We have grown immensely over the past year as a result of working with Miss Dureau. Her passion for giving students an opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve their goals inspires us. She has a bright, optimistic personality, a wonderful sense of humour that never fails to cheer us up. She always works with the Student Leaders productively and never shuts down our sometimes crazy ideas, always trying to find ways to use our ideas in some way."
Ash Pike | Northern Bay P-12 College, Peacock Campus
"Ash is a wonderful supporter! Ash has supported me and other students to have a voice and do what they love. Ash has helped me to organise lots of fundraisers, and helped me to become the leader that I am today. Ash has supported us to develop Roots and Shoots and our Stand Out Group at our campus as well as SRC at our campus and the other campuses."
Bendigo South East College | SRC
"By sharing the decision making between student and staff, more ideas are generated, different perspectives are gained and a greater student-teacher relationship is formed. For example, at our college swimming carnival, SRC ran a photobooth instagram competition. Giving more students a chance to contribute has encouraged their peers to do the same, creating a chain reaction."
St Kevin's Primary School Lower Templestowe | SRC
"The SRC are involved in interviewing for new staff members and provide feedback on who would be most suitable for the position. They ask their own questions and share their impressions. The SRC worked with students, parents and staff to design and implement an Agreed Code of Conduct. They gathered data from all stakeholders based on the question: How do we need to behave to make our school a happy, safe learning environment?"
Swan Hill Primary School | Junior School Council
"The students run their JSC, come up with ideas and put these ideas into action. They work with the whole school community to do this; the staff, parents and students. They have made many changes in the school through their work. It is good that the students can talk about things that are important to them and feel comfortable in doing this with staff and the school council."
Tess Shacklock, 17 | Templestowe College
"Before I got into leadership I was very shy and that affected my participation, I didn’t enjoy speaking up, but with a bit of courage, I overcame my personal insecurities and in return I gained a lot of confidence. Some students can get stuck in the mindset that their opinions aren’t important when in reality they are the most important of all! That’s why I am so passionate about student voice as I hope for a future where no students feel powerless."
Roghayeh Sadeghi, 13 | Northern Bay P-12 College, Peacock Campus
"I have challenged myself to be the best person I can be. I am one of the Campus Leaders. Over the past few years I have encouraged students to do their best, be comfortable with themselves and others regardless of background, religion, sexuality, gender and differences. Student voice is everything! I strongly believe that young leaders have the power and knowledge to make the world go around!"
Anamika Chowdhury, 18 | The Mac.Robertson Girls High School
"Both students and staff have valid and worthwhile perspectives on the issues affecting our school, and both groups have things they can learn from each other. This has been my leading vision this year, to offer a platform where students are given the opportunity to actively shape our school’s development, and have strived to visibly show the potential and power of student voice and empowerment."
Stay tuned to VicSRC to learn more about our amazing finalists!
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