#VicSRCvoices: Making positive connections
Conversations are key to positive change. So how do we stengthen our connections in school? 17 year old David Bourke from Brighton Secondary College shares how they banished the phrase, "No we can't", and reaped the benefits.
Strong positive connections within Brighton Secondary College between peers, teachers and community is a key goal. We, as students, also believe that this is key to a nurturing and inclusive school culture - which is our ultimate goal.
At BSC, many groups and committees support a range of interests held by students, whether for the environment, sport, art, or social justice. This allows for friendships to be made and change to happen. These groups are run by either passionate staff or students which aid the ideas and concepts developed by students. Never will you hear the words “No we can’t” in these group meetings. These groups foster ideas. They build the ability to compromise and to refine ideas.
Through the opportunity to attend conferences and camps such as VicSRC Congress, the conversation between students from similar regions within the state can be held over issues that affect us all. Here we can make promises to each other and set similar goals that help tackle these issues. Conversations between students not only help change to occur, but allows for ideas to be shared and helps asses the effectiveness of different approaches to the same issue.
Through holding ‘Teach the Teacher’ sessions that are student idea focused, allows for the student to voice what is important to them in a proactive way. In these sessions, students are thought of as equals to teachers which allows for respectful discussions to be had and barriers between “them” (the teachers) and “us” (the students) to be broken down.
Moreover, having activities run that allow students to find out more about the teachers allows for are more relaxed working environment that nurtures growth and development. An example of one of these activities was “guess the teacher’s past career” where group of students were to match the teacher to their past career. This not only allows students to exercise good communication skills but it gives the students a chance to find out a little more about their teachers’ past.
Connection between student and community is an ongoing focus with key groups in the school that are in charge of volunteer work. At Brighton, the school’s Rotary Interact group organises and promotes community service activities. Here groups of students from every year level partake in helping a cause and gives the students a look into positive action that they can take to make a positive change. Volunteering not only helps those in need – it allows students to develop the mentality that they as an individual can make a big impact and as a whole group, serious change can occur.
The importance of connection with student and student, student and teacher and student and community helps to create a generation of resilient, respectful and kind people – a unified future.
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