School decisions democratically

PERHAPS the politicians in Canberra could learn a lesson or two from the students at Woolgoolga Public School.

For the past two years the school has taken a different approach to the traditional Student Representative Council (SRC), instead forming their very own Student Parliament – complete with Ministers, Speakers and a Constitution – and it’s going great guns.

So far they’ve set up composting buckets for food and vegetable waste, named the school canteen and had issues with maintenance of the toilets addressed, just to name a few.

“The Woolgoolga Public School Student Parliament consists of our core body of the elected SRC and one representative of each class from kindergarten to Year Six,” relieving assistant principal and co-ordinating teacher Sharon Rovere said.

“The SRC each take on roles as Ministers and the class representatives, known as Members, report at each Student Parliament Meeting raising any concerns or requests on behalf of their class, taking part in question time, voting on motions and then reporting back to their class.”

The relevant Minister then endeavours to address these concerns and requests, at times involved meeting with various teaching staff, canteen supervisors, attending parent committee meetings and meetings with the principal.

“It has proved to be very successful with many initiatives taking place including purchasing litter grabbers, setting up composting buckets for our fruit and vege waste, surveying foods for the canteen, naming the canteen, issues with maintenance of the toilets addressed and classes assigned to maintain areas,” she said.

“We are looking forward to 2010 with ideas for many projects to be put forward.”

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