From May 4th the meeting room has been buzzing with discussions of problems and opportunities at Nayland College.
Students from all year levels meet every Thursday lunchtime with Principal Daniel Wilson and student leaders to represent the voice of all Nayland students.
Mr Wilson views the Student Council, which was heavily requested by students, as an improvement on the old form representative system. The Student Council provides an opportunity for everybody to speak out about what they believe in.
“It’s just little things around the school that I think we could improve. Little things that the Student Council would be perfect for, ” year 12 council member Melanie Davidsen said.
“There are opportunities that are centered around what personality type that you have. I feel like a lot of the time those Board Reps are similar….I felt like the Student Council gave an opportunity for people that aren’t necessarily the most gung-ho [extroverted] to give their feedback,” representative Ivy Weir said.
The Student Council has two students from each year level, and the students have diverse personality types and views.
Mr Wilson will use the Student Council to see his school from a pupil’s perspective. “At the end of the day, you guys are the ones that are going to be using the facilities so there’s no point in me saying, ‘well I’d really like this and that’ because I’m not using it.”
He describes the newly formed Student Council as “a powerful group that’s really going to have a big impact on how we run the school. ”
The Student Council breathes fresh life into old roles by pairing the Board Representative, a single student among parents and professionals, with a group approach that’s comfortable, casual and welcoming. It incorporates the real character of Nayland College into professional decisions and provides support for the Student Board Representative to better portray the students’ perspective.
By Lauren Cox