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Focus on student leadership - school council

13/05/2015

At Kruger State School there are many opportunities for our students to further develop their skill levels academically and socially.  Another very important opportunity is the election to one of four School Captain positions and thus to leading the Student Council in its activities during the students final year in primary school.

Students who are interested in being elected and serving as a School Captain go through a vigorous selection process towards the end of their Year 5 year so that they will be ready for their final year in Year 6.  A student representative from each Year 4,5 & 6 class is chosen by class peers each year.

The role of the Student Council is to provide a voice for all students within the school and to be actively involved in school decision making.  The Student Council meets regularly each fortnight with direction from Year 6 teacher Mr. Hamilton and Principal Ms Stehbens.

Student Councillors work in close association with Kruger staff, students and our community to raise student awareness of issues within the school and outside of the school eg Harmony Day – dress in orange to promote Anti-Bullying. 

They also organise and carry out the groundwork to raise money for Kruger resources as well as fundraising for a selection of charities eg Bandanna Day for the Leukaemia Foundation.  Fundraising activities such as discos and Free-Dress-Days support these endeavours.

A project the Student Council is interested in for 2015 is Sustainability and Recycling.  If there is a parent in our school community who can help out with a Can Recycling Bin please let Mr. Hamilton know or notify the Kruger School Office.

On Tuesday 28th April, the Kruger Student Councillors visited the Ipswich City Council chambers and they observed the council’ meeting.  Afterwards they had a Q & A session with Councillor Paul Tully and impressed him and others with their level of maturity and depth of questioning.  As always, Kruger students displayed excellent, respectful behaviour and made us very proud of their leadership qualities and their efforts in representing our great school.