We have had two very successful activities focused on welcoming new students to our school.
We had an amazing lunch for new students from Grades 1 to 6 at the end of Term One. We had healthy homemade hamburgers and a range of other foods including delicious fried rice! During the meal the SRC asked our new students for feedback about our school. All the new students said they felt welcomed and respected at our school. The one problem seemed to be that the playground was crowded and could be a little more interesting?
What do you think?
What could we do to improve our playground?
We also held a lunchtime activity event for the new students in Term Two. Students played Musical Chairs, Dodge-ball, Balloon Antics and Number Soccer. Now that the SRC has had a go at organizing these types of activities they can put their skills to use by organizing a junior school activity event!
Our Aims for 2017
Junior School Activity Event – Term 3
Senior School Disco – Term 3
Participation in the City of Greater Dandenong Child’s Forum
On Wednesday May 25 the Student Representative Council proudly participated with the City of Greater Dandenong in a consultation process for the Springvale Road Boulevard Project.
Major improvements are planned for the Springvale Road area between Virginia Street and St James Avenue and students at our school were asked to provide a voice from the children’s perspective.
By working with our students the City of Greater Dandenong aimed to:
Understand the children’s opinions and feelings about Springvale Road and its surrounds;
Document the children’s typical movements through the site;
Seek and capture the children’s vision and ‘big picture’ aspirations for the site;
Ensure children’s voices and visions are included within the Design Framework.
The students met with Phin Murphy and Wayne Deklijn, landscape architects to develop an understanding of the site from a bird’s eye perspective. Using Google Earth and Maps students investigated the layout of the Springvale shopping area. They developed an understanding of street scaping so that they could identify the site’s best features and so that they could provide ideas on how the street could be improved.
Students walked down Springvale Road with the architects and discussed their ideas.
They placed a trail of where they walk around Springvale on a large site map and they used drawings and used words to share their aspirations.
The students learnt so much about street scaping, landscape architecture, mapping and design. They also developed a greater understanding of the role the City Council and its impact on their local community.
We would like to thank Colleen Johnson from the City of Greater Dandenong for inviting us to participate in such a value project. We appreciate the opportunity and feel honoured to have our voice heard as part of the local community.
What would you change about Springvale to make it a better place?
What could be added to the street, footpaths or alleyways to make Springvale Road more appealing?
Recently the Mayor for our Community attended our SRC meeting. He told us that it is important to have a go at leadership opportunities especially at a young age as this helps develop the skills and confidence to become even better leaders in the future.
The Mayor explained that you can learn how to become a leader and grow into the position by being involved. He emphasized this by telling us that when he first had to give public speeches he would write out the whole speech word for word. Over time and with practice he learnt how to use cue cards with the main points when giving talks. Now he speaks naturally and with confidence without cue cards at major events.
The students asked the Mayor many questions about leadership and his role on the Council. Did you know that the Mayor acts as the chair person at the council meetings? At our SRC meetings students take turns at chairing the meeting. The chair person introduces the topics for discussion and helps the meeting to run smoothly.
It is important for students at our school to have a voice and make contributions to decision making in our school and community. The Mayor was impressed with what the students knew about their local community and they shared their thoughts and ideas about what could be improved.
We would like to thank the Mayor for coming to our school and we look forward to our continued involvement in our local community.
The Student Representative Council met for the first time in 2015 on Monday 23rd February.
We began at 8:30am with a breakfast in our school hall. We had pancakes, cereal, yogurt, toast and fruit salad. “Yummy!”
During the day the students played “getting to know you games” and “cooperative games.” Through this process the members developed a bond of trust and respect for each other.
Students enjoyed the Web of Names activity. They passed a ball of string to another SRC member and said their name. Each person held onto their length of string as the ballwas passed around. This created a web which symbolized the bonds we were forming as a group.
We also established our meeting protocols and learnt about the roles and process that we follow for our weekly meetings.
The SRC gathered some ideas from other students throughout the school and began to plan their first activity.
We are planning a GREAT RACE with an Easter focus.
The SRC organised an assembly that showcased all the activities of 2014.
*The Easter Egg Art Competition
*Principal for a Day
*Grade 3/4 Activity Day
We wrote a play based on the tv program “Have You Been Paying Attention” where a panel of imaginary creatures discussed images and videos of 2014 events and attempted to explain what was happening.
This humorous presentation incorporated audience participation and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Well done SRC. Hopefully this presentation encourages new students to attempt to become members in 2015.