Student Representative Council (SRC)
At Clapham Primary we believe that students have a voice and are able to make a valuable contribution to our school. It is important that students be given the opportunity to express their views on issues of concern to them in the school. It is equally important that they are listened to and encouraged to take an active part in promoting the aims and objectives of the school.
Student voice plays an important part in the day to day proceedings of Clapham Primary. The Student Representative Council aims to increase student involvement and participation and support students working through democratic processes to bring about change and deal with issues which they deem as important for their school and wider community.
All SRC class representatives are supported and encouraged by their classroom teachers to run regular class meetings where the sharing of ideas and information occurs. These meetings are opportunities for students to discuss issues or ideas in reference to their community, school or class.
SRC meets fortnightly, these are formal meetings where; the agenda is set, meeting chaired and minutes taken by student leaders with support from a teacher facilitator.
Young Leaders Program
Students in Year 6 participate in a Student Leadership Program in Terms 3 & 4. The program focuses on the skills, values and attitudes needed for effective student leadership and builds on student understanding and application of the Habits of Mind, Growth Mindset and our School Values.
The Student Leadership Program aims to develop capability and potential in our future student leaders by developing students’ self-awareness and leadership capacity (understanding their own talents, skills, strengths and interests, especially as they relate to their capacity to lead); and, developing each student’s capacity to work collaboratively to bring about social change in both their school and the wider community. Such life-long skills will benefit all students even if they don’t pursue a school leadership position.
Lessons involve hands-on team building activities and require active participation from all students with the aim to increase self-confidence and self-esteem and teach students how to:
- Identify characteristics of good leaders
- Differentiate between student participation, effective leadership and popularity
- Become positive role models for younger students
- Understand their own and others’ strengths
- Build interpersonal and communication skills
- Work with others as members of a team
- Develop a sense of social responsibility and school pride
- Inspire, motivate and empower others to act
- Problem solve and make decisions
- Set goals and take action in a democratic manner
Students are able to apply for student leadership positions, including School Captains, House Captains, School Council Class Representatives, and Eco-School Leaders. Students will be accepted to these positions according to their capacity to meet agreed criteria.