Student Voice is integral to the decision making processes at St Helena. There is a whole school commitment to empowering students and providing forums for discussion, input and feedback. This fosters leadership development and the active living of our values: respect, responsibility and personal best.
The end of year appointment of external applicants for teaching positions includes being interviewed by a panel of student representatives. Their comments and conclusions are factored into decisions made by the selection panel.
Students are elected annually to the following roles:
College Captains – 4
As representatives of the student body the Captains (2) and Vice Captains (2) are expected to model the college values, represent the school at events on and off campus, lead the SRC and actively contribute as School Council members.
Color Captains – 2 per domain portfolio, usually including:
The Arts: Dance, Performing Arts, Music
These leaders provide a link between the student body and the program leaders. They assist in the organisation of domain related events.
The opportunities are great especially in performing arts.
There’s good activities: academic, performing arts, sport – it’s all here.
All the teachers are friendly. You are known which makes you feel comfortable about approaching them.
I feel safe to have a go, especially when the class has a good bond.
I love humanities. I like focusing on civics, history and society. You can study in-depth and interact. Discussion and individual work – love the contrast.
I like being exposed to real life, real world issues. We get the basics first and then branch out from there.
Making good progress relies on a range of things – the teaching, yes…but it’s your own responsibility too. You have to take initiative.
I like that you can tweak a task – express yourself in your own way. It’s motivating and helps you improve.
Year Level Captains – 2 per year level
These students voice the ideas, opinions and thoughts of their year level peers at weekly meetings.
They help lead level assemblies, organise year level events and are alert to the needs of their cohorts.
STRIVE Captains – 2 per Form Group
The role involves SRC membership and undertaking form duties including reading out the Daily Bulletin, organising fundraising, and helping develop the form culture.
House Captains – 2 per mini-school for each House
Responsibilities include leading house assemblies, attending house meetings and assisting with the organisation of school carnival events and house activities across all domains.
Peer Mediators – selected Year 10 and Year 11 students
These leaders are trained to assist students with dispute resolution.
Additional leadership training and skill development opportunities
Students can also opt into the following programs:
• Peer Support
• GRIP leadership
• World Challenge
• Youth Summit