Students can meet and plan with students from other schools, either in their local area, or with similar interests. These meetings provide important opportunities for students and their student representative teams to share information and support.
A Cluster is simply a local network – a group of students from student representative teams, or similar, who meet regularly to share information, discuss common concerns and issues, plan joint initiatives and share resources. Clusters can be any size, and are normally geographically based i.e. from schools in the same area. But they can also be linked by a common interest or characteristic.
Clusters can feed directly into decision-making processes, through development of proposals to the VicSRC Congress, reports to the VicSRC Executive, or directly approaching local councils and Ministers of Parliaments about issues affecting the community.
In clusters, students:
- Get ideas from each other;
- Support each other;
- Reflect together on their processes, successes and difficulties;
- Learn how to improve their operations;
- Develop skills in organisation, leadership and training;
- Develop efficient training.
- Gain information about other schools and about wider education policies;
- Learn about possibilities for student initiatives;
- Influence policy beyond individual schools;
- Enter into local partnerships in education decision-making;
- Provide student representation and voice in networks such as local councils, Local Learning Education Networks etc;
- Share resources;
- Enjoy the challenges and experiences … and have fun!