Students Meet Minister With An Eye For The Future

Students Meet Minister With An Eye For The Future

Victoria Minister for Education Martin Dixon

Student Leaders Share School Vision With Education Minister

Victor P Taffa

Victoria’s student leaders will today share with Education Minister Martin Dixon their ideas and aspirations for school life.

Mr. Dixon will participate in the first day of the annual student-run Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) congress at Oasis campsite, Mt. Evelyn, from 2 pm to 3.30 pm.

More than 100 secondary students will represent thousands of students from 40 schools to discuss issues, share information and work together to strengthen student representation at their schools.

“The students here today have already been instrumental in improving their schools, planning activities and social events and taking action on issues which concern them, including cyber bullying.” Mr. Dixon said.

“The work of the VicSRC encourages students to get involved in their schools, tackle problems and create exciting opportunities for their classmates.”

Mr. Dixon said listening and responding to students’ views was a vital part of being the Victorian Minister for Education. He will answer questions submitted by students attending the three-day conference, as well as from students submitting questions online.

“It’s critical that we listen to the student voice when we talk about education after all the student is the central focus of all our decisions and directions.” Mr. Dixon said.

Mr. Dixon will also announce the winners of the VicSRC Recognition Awards for schools which have outstanding school representative bodies.

VicSRC Congress Coordinator Kate Walsh welcomed Mr. Dixon’s commitment to listening to students’ voices.

“So often education is seen as something that happens to students rather than a collaborative process where students have a voice and can contribute.” Ms. Walsh said.

A snapshot of schools attending includes:

• Bendigo Senior SC

• Melbourne Girls’ College

• Narre Warren South P-12 College

• Epping Secondary College

• Taylor’s College

• Caroline Chisholm Catholic College

• Frankston High School

• Toorak College

• Maffra Secondary College

• Trafalgar High School

• Mentone Girls Grammar School

• Bellarine Secondary College