Roger Holdsworth in consultation with the VicSRC defines Student Voice as:
“Students have unique perspectives on learning, teaching and schooling, and should have the opportunity to actively shape their own education. Student voice includes students contributing to decision making processes and collectively influencing outcomes by putting forward their views, concerns and ideas, and actively participating in their schools, communities and the education system. Student Voice allows students to engage, participate, lead and learn.”
Student Voice at Staughton College interprets this as active participation in all regards of College life within and outside of the classroom. Student Voice is used as a platform for students to take active ownership over the College which in turn, promotes authentic learning opportunities, improves the College for all and enriches the experience of learning. Many of the College programs and events are reliant on the support and management by students and the College would be in many ways the much poorer without the contributions of the great variety of Student Leaders we cater for.
“School is truly what a student makes of it and student leadership is an accurate testament to this. Student leadership has given me multiple opportunities, both within the classroom and outside of the classroom. I’ve been able to grow myself as an individual through leadership, and build on my interpersonal skills and the relationships formed with peers, staff and the wider community. Having such an accessible team and resources made it all the more achievable to accomplish the goals I set out for, and become an active member within the schooling community. I’ve learned to refuse to take for granted any large or small opportunity, place value on every moment that is presented, and realise that that the skills learnt from such a scope will be transferable for years to come in all aspects of my life.”
– Zach Neil (School Captain 2019)