Meet James! Your new VicSRC Executive Committee Member

A photo of James, one of the 2019-2020 VicSRC Executive Committee members

Why did you run for exec?

Well, it’s a pretty long story. I’ve always had an interest in helping my peers and, so when I found out about the SRC in Year 3, it immediately clicked. From that point on I’ve worked to do what I love, which is helping my fellow students voice their concerns and ideas to the relevant people to ensure they get the best out of their education. I found out about VicSRC last year, and after observing the amazing work the organisation did, I decided to run for exec.

How is student voice practiced at your school?

There are many pathways for students to voice their ideas within the school!

The main pathway is through the SRC, which involves a team of representative students from each form class, an Exec team elected by their respective cohort, and a cabinet of six Year 12s.

Through the SRC students can raise concerns to their Execs, who will then work on solutions alongside the representatives. The cabinet can assist the Exec, but also have their own agenda to work on. The aim is to act in the interest of students, benefiting their time as students at the school. Unlike the normal cabinet structure, we have a holistic cabinet, meaning each member has an equal part in representing the student body. Between the six members, each person has a portfolio, which looks over certain aspects of the school.

Other than the SRC our school also has many student-led clubs which focuses on student voice within particular areas. For example, we have an Environmental Action Group, which focuses around how students can work towards a sustainable future, and how we can better protect the environment. The SRC works with clubs like these to help hold events with other schools, which can get the conversation going in other schools.

What issues are important to you?

I’m kind of a tech geek, so an issue that is super important to me is cyber safety. It seems odd, but the number of people our age that click on phishing scams and are unaware of it is way too high. With technology evolving over the years these scams will get more and more ambiguous, meaning we have to step up our game now.

Another issue that is really important to me, and is also one of the Congress Priorities, is the distribution of the Civics and Citizenship program. It’s a program that was created for students from year 7-10, but unfortunately, it hasn’t been distributed that well. My school is fortunate enough to have a whole program dedicated to Civics and Citizenship near the end of the year, but for many other schools it’s not even taught. This issue is very important to me, as it relates to this whole debate about lowering the voting age. There are students out there who aren’t able to vote yet but have a clear understanding of how the government works, and probably know a lot more than some 18 year olds out there. The Civics and Citizenship program, if taught properly, can help teach students the basics of how the whole system works, meaning that when they turn 18, they are able to vote based on their own decisions, rather than randomly voting or voting for what their friends voted for.

What are you most looking forward to next year?

I’m looking forward to the work that we will accomplish as a VicSRC Exec team next year! These priorities require a lot of work from us, but also you all! Make sure to keep an eye on the SVH about our progress on these priorities and make sure to give us your input on the forums!

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