New fo­cus for re­built stu­dent coun­cil

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Se­nior High School has un­veiled a new-look stu­dent coun­cil in re­sponse to sur­vey feed­back about how stu­dents can be more em­pow­ered in school de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

The high school’s stu­dent coun­cil for­merly con­sisted of a large group of Year 7-12 stu­dents, but has this year been stream­lined to be­come a group of 12 stu­dents from Years 11 and 12 who will re­ceive spe­cialised lead­er­ship train­ing, take on more re­spon­si­bil­ity, and be a greater pres­ence within the school.

The changes in­clude one stu­dent coun­cil­lor rep­re­sent­ing the group on the school board, the abil­ity to in­vite dif­fer­ent school staff mem­bers to at­tend weekly coun­cil meet­ings, and a reg­u­lar pres­ence at year group as­sem­blies through­out the year.

Prin­ci­pal Jen­nifer McMa­hon said the move had come in re­sponse to calls for stu­dents to have a more proac­tive role in the school’s gov­er­nance.

“At the end of last year we sur­veyed stu­dents, par­ents and staff and one of the re­sults of that sur­vey was that stu­dents wanted a greater voice within the school,” she said.

“So we’ve re­vamped our stu­dent coun­cil and now we’re pro­vid­ing them with team coach­ing and lead­er­ship coach­ing . . . which will re­ally help them to de­velop their skills so they can be an in­te­gral part of the op­er­a­tion of the school, put ideas from stu­dents for­ward and be able to take on projects from start to fin­ish.”

Ear­lier this month, the new stu­dent coun­cil had a full day of train­ing with lead­er­ship coaches Mal Lowther and Kate Lyon.

Stu­dent coun­cil co-or­di­na­tor Ni­cole Banks said the train­ing was de­signed to help coun­cil­lors see how they fit into the school.

“I hope that they will start to work to­gether and look at ways they can have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the other stu­dents in the school,” she said.

Lower school stu­dents will be able to de­velop lead­er­ship skills as house lead­ers.

Pic­ture: Kar­ratha Se­nior High School

The re­vamped 2017 Kar­ratha Se­nior High School stu­dent coun­cil with prin­ci­pal Jen­nifer McMa­hon, cen­tre back.

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