In Term 4, we introduced our Senior Student Representative Council, including a personal message from our School Captains - Natalie Narvaiza and Alan Dan. Today, we introduce other members of our Student Representative Council (SRC) members and hear from our Vice Captains, Joella Khouchaba and Kosta Tskoukalas.
Year 11 SRC members
Year 10 SRC members
Year 9 SRC members
Year 8 SRC members
All students who stood for election are to be congratulated for doing a fine job of presenting themselves and their ideas to their fellow students. For some of them, simply nominating and completing the election process was a step outside their comfort zone. Such bravery is to be applauded.
Year 7 SRC members will be announced next term.
from Joella Khouchaba - Vice Captain
I attended Cecil Hills Primary School. Coming into high school, I felt a mix of emotions. Excitement was one of them, as I was aching for a fresh start, a change in both my physical and social environment.
Somewhere I could re-establish who I was, and I did this by throwing myself into a bunch of extra-curricula’s including debating, piano, band, academics and most of all, SRC. However, I didn’t apply for SRC until year 8, as I feared rejection, but I am now in my fourth year of SRC and wouldn’t have had it any other way.
I truly feel as though I am an active member of the school and am making changes I want to see in this world- a motto I live by. I believe that going through this doubt and fear in year 7 has enabled me to relate to juniors who are going through the same thing. It equipped me to really think about why I wanted to be in SRC, which contributed to my drive, passion and vision for this school, a desire to be the voice for those who are afraid to have one. I want to encourage other students to be active in changing the flaws of society, as this is my one mission above all.
I believe we can and should care, sympathise and truly make the changes we want to see. I want to show the rest of the student body that they should strive to make an impact now, and most importantly, to show kindness to all. I wish to share part of my speech with you:
A voice, an opportunity and an impact. That’s what being school captain is to me. I’ve thought about running for school captain since I first stepped through the gates of this high school, all small, frightened and intimidated. So much so that when I applied for SRC in year seven, I took it back, because I was scared of the outcome. But today, I come before you, no longer scared, but driven with a passion and vision for this school, a desire to be the voice for each and every one of you, and to be a voice for that scared girl I was. I believe that society needs to change, and in order for this to happen, I can’t wait for others to make this change, but I need to be the change I want to see in the world, and I believe that we can be the change of this world.
As I’ve already said, I’m very passionate and driven, maybe even too passionate if you ask those that know me. But when I believe in something, I won’t stop until I’ve done everything I possibly can to make it happen. Now that’s where my drive comes in. I believe that we can’t wait for big corporations to solve all issues by donating money, but that we need to be hands-on and really change the way we think and act, and pay attention to the impact we can truly have on each other’s lives.
Now having experience of being in the SRC for past 3 years, every year, I get to see the impact that our school can have on others. Through SRC, we have been able to help the homeless, refugees, farmers in drought and those in the army who fight for our country everyday. Now this is the change I’m talking about. Looking at the impact of our actions and making sure we use them to make a difference, to be that change. And I can promise you, not an empty promise, but a real one, that if you elect me as your captain for next year, you’ll be seeing a lot more of these initiatives, because I’ve already started planning for the future, our future.
So I ask, that you vote for me, Joella Khouchaba, as your school captain for 2019, to allow me to be your voice, to lead this change and make an impact, but if not, id like you to take something else away from this speech, to always think about the impact you could have on another person’s life.
from Kosta Tsoukalas – Vice Captain
I attended Cecil Hills Primary School, where shortly after my mother got a job there. I was filled with a huge range of emotions walking into the
high school gates for the first time; Scared, nervous, anxious and happy to meet my old friends, as well as make some new ones. I found it a GREAT privilege to be part of the S class in year 7; filled with all these people who, in my opinion, seemed way smarter than me, where every assessment turned into a competition of who got the highest marks and who will continue on to the S class again in year 8. I have to say, the most common line that came out of all of our teachers mouths were "I thought you were the S class, why are you guys so noisy", especially sub teachers.
I feel like being a role model to the younger grades is something extremely important, especially as a vice captain. As the older students of the school it is our duty to set an example for the younger grades and our behaviours could be what inspires year 7's to be either great students, or fall into the wrong crowd.