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