The Congress 2015 wrap up:
Debate, advocacy and pledges for action at #Congress2015!
From passing sophisticated Belief Statements at the Congress parliamentary-style debate and putting forward creative and fun Action Pitches; electing the new VicSRC Executive team and rocking out to Harry Potter vibes and music by @FLYBZ at the Gala dinner; to in-depth Q&As with the Minister for Education and our Taking Action panellists - Congress 2015 was incredible!
The three days and two nights of Congress were jam-packed with workshops and facilitation sessions, with delegates from all across the state working together in Issues Groups on two key tasks:
- Developing a Belief Statement to be debated at formal Congress
- Creating an Action Pitch for a big idea that the VicSRC Exec can implement in 2015-2016
The action, ideas and ingenuity came thick and fast as the Issues Groups progressed through their tasks. The best people to hear from are the delegates themselves: read the Congress 2015 reflections of delegate Liang Xue from Suzanne Cory High School.
Congress may be over for another year, but the action most definitely doesn't stop here!
Delegates made -commitments to action and positive change with their #VicSRCpledge. These are just some of the pledges and we encourage everyone to follow through with their pledges and challenge themselves and their peers to transform our education system for the better. Together we are powerful! You can see one pledge already in action through #VicSRCpledge: Southern Schools Victoria Cluster Network.
VicSRC will be posting more pledges, updates on the Belief Statements and the newly-elected Executive team in the coming weeks so please stay tuned!
Thank you and special mentions
Congress would not be possible without the generous support of the VicSRC Exec, volunteers, staff, stakeholders and sponsors!
To our major supporters, sponsors, stakeholders, panellists and facilitators - we are so grateful for your support of student voice!
To the best volunteers in the world - thank you, Congress Crew! The sheer dedication, positivity, enthusiasm, energy, skill and generosity of spirit each of you displayed before, during and after the event is incredible. Congress would not be possible without you!
Finally, to our incredible delegates - we are so proud of every single one of you and blown away by the depth of discussion and action at Congress 2015. The commitment of Victorian students to transforming their education system and experience for the better is palpable and powerful! #VicSRCpledge
In the words of Spencer Davis, re-elected Exec for 2015-2016:
"Congress is an etravanganza of student voice. You see 170 great people who wouldn't have met otherwise becoming great friends and bringing great solutions. We work hard and we play hard.
"Disability rights to gender rights, funding, school clusters, curriculum - we're talking about a huge range of different things. It brings it to the forefront where people can really use it, make an impact and make a big change in the world we live in."
VicSRC Executive 2014-2015 team
Tess Shacklock, Qais Sadat, Marine Chu, Danai Harawa, Sabrina Bassal, Samantha Chapman, Spencer Davis, Natalie Elizabeth, Ron Garcia, Sam Illobuchi, Demi Irwin, Lucas Muehleisen, Kristen Sellings, Margaret Tran, Trinity Duffield-Pugsley
Congress Crew volunteers, supporters and staff
Roger Holdsworth, Dave Mould, Ashley Wah, Sarah Bibby, Jane Cantwell, Jordyn Kruger, Emma Clark, Sophie Williams, Sarah Boland, Mehak Sheikh, Claire Runci, Tyler Kenopic, Lachlan Hugo, Dave Rose, Justine Jaramillo, Scott Duncan, Anna Seddon, Christine Carder-Rice, Julie Nethercote, Freya Fogliani, Sarah Barkley, Liz Kalas, Mandy Duong, Michelle Tan, Lavie Vo, Arsalan Shahid, Tim Eric, Doug Flakemore, Lynda Den Elzen, Maree Garden, Mayra Jamall, Georgia Russell, Sophie ‘Pinchy’ Breheny, Fiona Campbell, Emma Myers and Krista Seddon.
Department of Education and Training
The Hon. James Merlino MP, Minister for Education
Office for Youth
The Hon. Jenny Mikakos MLC, Minister for Youth Affairs
Congress 2015 is proudly supported by:
Exodus Hoodies, 3RRR, ACMI, Amnesty International, Animals Australia, Australian Education Union, Beyond Blue, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Victoria, Dumbo Feather, Foundation for Young Australians, Oaktree Foundation, Oxfam Australia, PBS, Reachout.com.au, Sea Shepherd, Second Strike, Smiling Mind, The Workshop, UN Youth Australia, Victorian Electoral Commission, Young Vagabond
Special thanks to our panellists
Special thanks to our facilitators
Krista Seddon and Sammy Chapman, VicSRC; David Mould, Second Strike; Rachael Chapman and Sophie More, Young Vagabond; Kate Wilde, The Workshop; Sonia Sofat, Amnesty International; Jo Hatcher, Youth Affairs Council of Victoria; Kate Hood, Positive Psychologist; and Jesse Marks, Animals Australia.
With thanks to our Visual Facilitator
Check out the 2015 VicSRC Recognition Awards - coming soon!
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