Student Voice & Leadership
Effective schools build a culture where teachers and students work together, and where student voice, agency and leadership are understood as inter-related factors that contribute to the notion of empowerment and a sense of school pride.
Student Representative Council SRC
At Doncaster Secondary College, student voice is an important part of the day to day running at our college. The Student Representative council (SRC) is a forum made up by a wide variety of students from across the college. Students are elected through interview processes to attend SRC meetings and are given the opportunity to provide the voice of the student bodies that they represent. The SRC also meet to discuss proposals and recommendations that often get put forward to school council meetings. The SRC discusses a wide range of school issues such as uniform, curriculum, staff and student expectations as well as running whole school events such as themed dress days, fundraisers along with extra-curricular activities such as sports events and art clubs.
Senior School and Middle School Captains must attend all SRC meetings and Class Leaders are welcome to attend any SRC meetings.
Each class throughout Doncaster Secondary College has a class leader elected by their discovery teacher. These class leaders have an open-door policy to any SRC meeting if they feel the need to add any issues to the agender. The class leaders also meet regularly with their year level coordinator to discuss more specific year level issues or to help organise and run year level events such as assemblies.
School Captains – Annabel Carr and Dylan Cheng
Vice Captains – Sammi Cunningham and Noah Hechenberger
Sport Captains – Layne Jansons and Stephanie Ratcliffe
House Captains – Alyssa Emmanouel (Kiewa), Bella Hartig (Yarra), Josh Walters (Murray) and Riley Wallace (Ovens)
Art Captains – Coke Yonterng andLara Villani
Social Justice Captains – Allegra Bastas and Safije Jemali
International Captains – Arthur Wang and Wesley Yang
School Captains – Jess Ritchie and Emma McQueeny
Vice Captains – Kayley Portelli and Dylan Cantone
Sport Captains – Max Thompson and Kaitlyn Lew
House Captains – Sohela Ladduwahetty (Kiewa), Giverny Walters (Yarra), Mia Kiely (Murray) and Deana Piccirilli (Ovens)
Art Captains – Georgia Cook and Faye Thomas
Student Leadership Opportunities
The Interact club of Doncaster Secondary College aims to bring together students from all year levels enabling them to develop their leadership skills in one way or another, while discovering the power of Service Above Self.
What are the benefits?
Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:
- Take action to make a difference in your school and community
- Discover new cultures and promote international understanding
- Become a leader in your school and community
- Have fun and make new friends from around the world
Around the world there are;
- 20,372 Interact Clubs
- 468,556 Interact Members
- 159 Counties with clubs
Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary club sponsors mentor and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.
This year’s Interact Club executive committee is made up of the following students:
Keishan Hunkar: President
Ainsley Chase: Vice President
Sophie Dyt: Secretary
Kaitlyn Lew: Treasurer
Paul Siassios: Teacher Liaison
At Doncaster Secondary College, student voice is an important part of the day to day running at our college. Teach the Teacher is a student-led professional learning program for teachers, where everyone has a voice.
What are the benefits?
Teach the Teacher provides a space for our students, teachers and principal team to connect, explore and share ideas in a constructive and judgement free environment. By giving students a greater say in their education Teach the Teacher aims to create a positive community for all.
This year’s Teach the Teacher team is made up of 3 returning year 10 students and a group of year 9 students:
School for Student Leadership (SSL) is a Victorian department of Education and Training (DET) initiative offering a unique residential education experience for year nine students. The curriculum focuses on personal development and team learning projects sourced from students’ home regions.
What are the benefits?
Being part of the SSL team you will learn more about:
- Environmental Education
- Individual Learning and Reflection
- Community Citizenship
- Teamwork and Leadership
- Developing Personal Life Skills
- Developing Mental and Physical wellbeing
- Building Social Relationships
There are three iconic locations across Victoria. Doncaster Secondary College has proudly been associated with the School for Student Leadership for well over a decade. As a direct result of our students’ experience at the SSL, they are challenged to take on positions of leadership and responsibility within the DSC school and its community.
This year’s SSL students are:
The Victorian Young Leaders to China (VYLC) Program is a Victorian Government initiative providing Year 9 students with a 6 week immersion experience that prepares them to live and work as citizens and future leaders in an inter-connected global community.
This is a life changing opportunity for students and teachers to live and attend school in China. Combining language and cultural learning with personal development and leadership skills, the program focuses on one of Australia’s main trading partners, China.
The aims of the VYLC are:
- Language acquisition
- Intercultural understanding
- Student leadership and global citizenship
Program Learning Goals ‐ Students
The following areas of learning have been identified as goals for students to be able to demonstrate growth and development as a result of this program:
- Chinese language proficiency
- Intercultural competence and understanding
- Personal and social capability
- Leadership skills and capabilities
- 21st century skills such as creative and critical thinking and problem solving
Students will also have opportunities to:
- Learn about China and deepen their cultural knowledge about modern Chinese society, Chinese traditions and history
- Develop an understanding of the past and present experiences of Chinese people, their identity, values and culture
- Appreciate China’s distinctive path of social, economic and political development, its position in the Asia‐Pacific region and its global interrelationships.
Students that will be attending the 2018 trip include:
Jen Rou Fach