Every year the VicSRC Student Voice Awards recognise the best innovations, projects, schools and people in student voice. The awards are a celebration of best practice, a platform for connecting the education community and sharing ideas and are a catalyst for inspiring action.
Nominees submit a 2-minute video which is shown on the night, as well as a written application responding to category criteria. Applications are judged by a panel of students and education sector stakeholders. Finalists receive cash prizes for their schools and are presented their award by the Minister for Education, the Honorable James Merlino.
Read on for a full wrap-up of the 2019 finalists, including their videos, and keep an eye-out for activity on the Hub over the next few weeks as we profile some of these extraordinary student voice champions.
Student-Led Project Award
Sponsored by the Asia Education Foundation
This award recognises a group of students that have implemented a project in their school or community with the intention of a clear positive change or outcome.
2019 Winner – Project Zero: Minaret College Officer Campus
The student team at Minaret College initiated “Clean Up Week” striving towards their broader vision of zero waste.
Runner-Up – Project Transition 2020: Warringa Park School
Students from Warringa Park School made a transition video to help younger students feel more confident when starting at a new campus.
Runner-up – Project SRC Sports Hub: Patterson River Secondary COllege
This enthusiastic group of students implemented the “Sports Hub” to provide a means for students to borrow a variety of sporting equipment during lunchtime to increase the amount of physical activity students are able to participate in.
VCE Student Voice Secondary School of the Year
This award recognises a secondary school that has embedded student voice and agency into the school culture, undertaking a whole-school approach.
2019 Winner – Surf coast secondary college
Surf Coast Secondary College focused on student-teach partnerships and improving student feedback through coaching the student body.
Runner-Up – castlemaine secondary college
By introducing a democratic process for deciding priorities of the SRC, Castlemaine have advocated for changes to the uniform and introduced recycling and compost bins to the school.
Runner-Up – northern college of the arts
The NCAT Student Leadership Team were instrumental in the inclusion of student voice in the college’s strategic plan. They work to support all students as leaders in their own learning.
Student Voice Primary School of the Year
This award recognises a primary school that has embedded student voice and agency into the school culture, undertaking a whole-school approach.
2019 Winner – IVanhoe East Primary School
At Ivanhoe East student voice and agency is activated through genuine opportunities in the planning processes so that students can influence what and how they learn. Student conferencing is integral to the school approach to feedback and goal setting.
Runner-Up – Canterbury Primary School
Students from Prep to Year 6 co-design learning experiences with teachers, ensuring that interests remain at the forefront of teaching, supporting student engagement and creating purpose for learning.
Runner-Up – Kilmore Primary School
The Kilmore Student Representative Council renamed themselves to the Student Action Team. This involved establishing their own roles and responsibilities, developing a clear mission statement and learning how to give feedback.
Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award
This award recognises a year 12 student who has provided exceptional leadership within their school and community.
2019 Winner – Oliva Sutherland
Olivia has worked to establish a culture of student empowerment across all year levels. She has facilitated social service, student wellbeing, peer support and environmental committee meetings as well as establishing an International-Local Student Partnership program in potentially isolated groups.
Runner-Up – Cohen Saunders
Cohen has helped introduce a democratic model for deciding SRC priorities and has worked to bring in a three-bin system to his school. He also instigated a feedback process that brought more student voice into subject selection and a s a result Castlemaine Secondary College are running Global Politics in 2020.
Runner-Up – Aardra Kuniyil
Aardra has been on the Student Representative Council at Suzanne Cory High School for the last four years working on many school-wide projects, meeting with principal staff. She actively engages in many extra-curricular students and has a passion for student voice.
Student Voice Ally Award
This award recognises an adult who has supported and amplified student voice in a school or community.
2019 Winner – Justin Esler
Justin is the principal of Diamond Valley Special Development School. Over the last twelve months he has led a talented team of teachers, therapists and education support staff to embark on the “More to Say” campaign which has supported many non-verbal students for the first time to have a voice.
Runner-Up – Simone Brown
Simone is the Student Empowerment Coordinator at Kilmore Primary School. She has established the Student Voice, Agency and Leadership work at her school. Simone organises and runs staff PD to improve student voice and works closely with the Student Action Team to achieve their goals.
Runner-Up – Allirra Scott
Allirra works with student representatives to bring a much greater focus to student voice and agency to Melba College. She has provided students with training, resources and encouragement and advocated for more student voice and agency in classrooms, staff meetings and workshops.