The theme for 2019 Education Week is Every student, every voice. It is a celebration of student empowerment and how the NSW public education system gives students the skills they need in order to have and express a voice during their own educational journey and as engaged global citizens.
Student voice is more than just having a say. Valuing and actioning the ideas, opinions and expertise of all students has significant impact for student wellbeing.
This week and next at Canterbury Girls High School Student Elections for the 2019-2020 cohort of Senior Prefects and SRC members will take place, with our Investiture Assembly fast approaching on Tuesday August 27th. Our SEA environmental ambassadors continue to contribute their voice in community action for a sustainable future, most recently participating in the 2 day Conference for Climate Justice at Petersham Town Hall.
Partners in learning
Student perspectives, experiences and aspirations shape and enrich our schools and communities and actively influence our decision-making as we strive to be the best education system in Australia.
Year 7 students are completing Student Partners in Learning Surveys each term to give feedback on their learning experiences in the first year of secondary education. Faculties are reviewing this feedback and adjusting teaching, learning and assessment in response. For example in Semester 2 a cross faculty assessment will be piloted in some Year 7 classes to encourage deep learning and content mastery as well as 21st century learning skills.
Working collaboratively with other students and teachers our young people grow into engaged learners and ethical citizens able to contribute positively to their school and wider community.
Mentoring peers to support learning and belonging is a key feature of the way we work together at Canterbury Girls High School. From welcoming Year 6 into 7, to peer numeracy, peer reading and homework help, our focus on respectful relationships sees many students find success through helping and being helped.
Prefects, SRC, SEA (environmental) and Indigenous Leaders groups constantly provide positive examples of contributing to the wider community at CGHS. The recent NAIDOC Assembly at the end of Term 2 was an outstanding example, see the report and pics in this edition of the newsletter.
We connect our diverse communities by creating and sustaining inclusive, interactive learning environments that use advanced technologies to promote and extend student influence beyond the classroom walls.
Through sustaining links with Ashfield Boys HS in social inclusion, digital literacy, mental health (RUOK and white ribbon initiatives), and Australian Business Week, we accomplish a rich and varied range of opportunities for student voices to collaborate successfully.
A culture of high expectations empowers our students to build a shared sense of purpose, self-value and belonging that will prepare them for future lives as active citizens in an increasingly complex and dynamic society.
The success of our Year 10 team in the Young Change Agents youth incubator program is prime example of students participating in the design thinking and social entrepreneurship opportunities offered through Futures Learning and Field Study Days with focus on enrichment and extension.