Looking back on VicSRC Regional Conferences for 2015

12 Conferences, 3 months, 1,724kms on the road, 7 sell-outs and almost 1,000 students standing up and speaking out on the issues that matter most. 

VicSRC Regional Conferences collage

From Bendigo to Malvern, Pascoe Vale to Hamilton, Footscray to Stawell, Corio to Churchill, we travelled far and wide to work with group after group of students who care passionately about their education at the VicSRC Regional Conferences 2015.

"It helped me open up and taught me more about the importance and power of SRC."
Student, Gippsland conference

VicSRC Regional Conferences allow students to network across schools, gain new skills, work together on common issues and define the top isses that matter to Victorian students. In practice, the conferences did all this and more.

"We not only brainstormed and shared ideas, but we worked on solutions to the problems we face."
Student, Metro North conference

The wave of student voice and action grew from our first conference in March at Stawell, to our twelfth conference in May at Melbourne CBD. In depth discussions allowed students to find connections and common ground across schools on a range of key issues including school funding, governance, wellbeing and welfare, school culture, facilites, technology and the curriculum. Make sure you check out the Top 10 Regional Conference issues that students identified across the whole series - these issues feed directly into the hot topics at Congress 2015.

"The opportunity to discuss the structure and activities of SRCs from other schools was great."
Student, Hume conference

We hope everyone who took part in the conferences enjoyed the experience and took away tangible tools to make positive change on the issues that affect your education. As we reflect on the conferences, here's the first look at a video from the Metro North Regional Conference (with thanks to videographer Stephen McClelland):

VicSRC extends an enormous thank you to all the students and schools that took part in the 2015 series!

We also extend particular gratitude to the schools and councils who hosted the events: Northern Grampians Shire Council, Templestowe College, Malvern Central School, Bendigo Senior Secondary College, Baimbridge College, Benalla P-12 College, Kurnai College, Haileybury College, Footscray City College, Antonine College, Northern Bay P-12 College and Melbourne High School.

Our thanks to the Danijella and Mel from the Victorian Electoral Commission for providing engaging Teacher PD sessions alongside the conference, and last but not least, the amazing Kate Wilde, our conference facilitator from The Human Development Workshop.

Thank you once again for your ongoing support for student voice and student leadership in Victoria. We're part of something bigger and together we are powerful!

Want to host a Regional Conference in 2016? If you'd like to get involved, please contact Fiona Campbell, VicSRC Events and Communications Officer on .

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