Spotlight on Student Voice

Student Voice is a group where students get to have a say in how our school runs. 

Students can share their thoughts and ideas on how to make our school better, organise fundraisers and events and give feedback on ideas from staff. It was set up in 2022 as a sub-committee of our School Council by Briar, Montaya and Ms. Roney to streamline how students could make suggestions for events or decisions since all the other sub-committees were for adults. It is now a vital part of our school.

Over the last two years there have been lots of clever ideas shared by students. We meet regularly, supported by Mr. Gordan and Ms. Roney.
All students in Grade 5 to Year 12 are invited to join. Students in Prep to Grade 3 are encouraged to share their ideas with the Junior School Captains to share. We meet every second Tuesday in the library at lunchtime. Hope to see you there!

Read on for some of our highlights over the last two years ...

Being a Voice for Students
  • Introducing formal class representatives for each year level Years 5-11.
  • Re-designing the leadership badges to be clearer and easier to attach to clothing.
  • Weekly meetings that all students were invited to with Leanne’s catering, which we love.
  • Supporting and giving feedback on the introduction of the new school beanies, rugby jumpers and sports shorts which are popular with students.
  • Briar did weekly Newsbreaks at Years 5-12 assemblies in 2022 to inform everyone of upcoming events and news. This changed in 2023, with Aiden taking on the role of the Student Voice Reporter giving a summary of what was discussed at Student Voice to our 5-12 assemblies.
  • Skittles club was created as a supportive community for LGBTQIA+ students and friends/allies to feel connected and a sense of belonging at school.
  • Storm was elected as the Skittles LGBTQIA+ Club Student Voice representative in 2023.
  • Phoenix took on the leadership role as Minecraft Club captain running an extremely popular lunch time club with Lachlan Salt, our library volunteer assistant!
  • Making farewell cards for leaving teachers and members of staff on behalf of the student body
Fun Events
  • A space themed disco – this was an immense success with a lot of students attending. We received lots of great honest feedback!
  • The Great Hawkesdale Bakeoff – this was a whole school baking competition, with three categories to enter in: Savory, sweet and decoration. Primary students got to participate by decorating a biscuit and prizes were handed for each category, and one for an entry that masters in all categories.
  • A pink/pyjama dress up day and sold milk shakes to raise money for the Cancer Council with milk donated by Saputo Dairy.
  • Footy-themed dress up days.
  • IDAHOBIT rainbow and ‘Wear it Purple’ dress up days organised by Skittles Club
  • Last Day of the Year activities run by students
Ideas for the future/long term goals:
  • Further developing the Student Voice culture at our school.
  • Introducing more diverse flags on display
  • Winter Night Art Exhibition.
  • Repeat of earlier successes (Disco, Bakeoff, etc.)