Welcome to my February blog. It has been an amazing start to the school year and as always with us, there has been LOTS going on. The purpose of my monthly blog is to focus on one area or initiative in the school and provide you some insight into that. Something I am very passionate in, largely because I have seen the benefits for students, is STUDENT VOICE.
Student Voice is essentially the notion that students have input into how the school operates, their own learning and all sorts of other bits and pieces of daily life at school. It promotes a sense of ownership for students and gives them the confidence that they can contribute to making this school the best it can possibly be. This student centred approach has been a huge focus over the past couple of years. We have greatly increased the number of official student leadership roles throughout the school, as well as promoting that 'we are all leaders' and that there are many ways to show this, with or without a badge.
Some of the official roles in 2016 are - School Captains, House Captains, Kids Matter Captains, Student Representative Council, Sports Academy, Digital Learning Leaders (being selected this week), Prep Buddies, Environment Leaders (Gardens & Animals), Bike Shed/Flying Fox, Recycling Leaders, Outside Bin Managers, Flag Managers, School Sign.....and many more.
It would take too long to list them all, but you get the picture. We pride ourselves on the amount of leadership opportunities provided to students. These positions are growing all the time and are often positions created by student requests.
It is so powerful to watch our student leaders present to School Council, or host assemblies, or talk at staff meetings and to see the pride these students have of their school. Just this morning, I called Mr Richards over while I was watching some junior classes during fitness time. We stood and watched in awe of the Sports Academy students who were leading their junior classes through various fitness activities. The kids were loving it and one of the benefits is that it breaks down that barrier between senior and junior students.
If you have any questions or suggestions to further enhance Student Voice, please feel free to share because it is something we want to not only do well, but be known for.
Please feel free to comment on my blogs. I know Brent has gone to a digital version to try to out-do me, but if I receive more comments then that will give me the edge!
Until next month, thanks for your ongoing support of CSPS. See you around the school soon.