Student Voices on School Councils
From 2018, student representation will be included on all Victorian government secondary School Councils.
What is a School Council?
Why should I care?
Do you want to nominate?
Here are some key points to note if you want to nominate for School Council or want to nominate another student:
All full time enrolled government school students from Years 7 to 12 have the right to nominate for School Council.
Two students will be elected by students to each School Council.
Student Council nominees will be voted upon by the student body through a democratic election. Your school principal will provide advice on this process and oversee it as with the parent elections. Principals will receive information around the election process in late Term 1, so nominations will likely be called for in early Term 2. All student School Council members must be confirmed by May 31st 2018.
The rights of the student members on School Council will be equal to those of all other member categories; the vote of a student will be just as important as the vote of anyone else.
Students will serve a term of up to two years. If they leave the school during their term, the School Council is encouraged to co-opt another student member to take their place for the remainder of the term.
There are at least eight meetings a year and at least one per term. These take place outside of school hours and Councillors can attend in person or by video- or tele-conferencing.
There is free training available to all members of School Councils, both face-to-face and online.
If you have further questions, please contact the School Operations and Governance Unit of the Department of Education and Training on:
VicSRC is delighted to have been a leader in the push for students on School Councils and we are very excited to see this implemented in 2018.
The Ministerial Order (when made) will establish the new position of ‘student’ in School Council membership indicating that those in power are seeing and appreciating the contribution students can make. Young people need not be limited by their age, or any other arbitrary boundary placed around them. While the Ministerial Order will pave the way for students to be on School Councils, support from all members of school communities will be necessary if students’ voices are to be truly valued.
To all of you out there, consider this a call to be the one who helps ensure that these voices are heeded.
A version of this article was originally published in Connect 229, February 2018 and written by Mia Sherman. Please find the original article here.
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