Students are elected annually to the following roles:
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.
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.
The role involves SRC membership and undertaking form duties including reading out the Daily Bulletin, organising fundraising, and helping develop the form culture.
Responsibilities include leading house assemblies, attending house meetings and assisting with the organisation of school carnival events and house activities across all domains.
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
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.
House System/Community Engagement
The House System is a foundation tradition that over the school’s history has been a highly effective way to foster student wellbeing, social growth and school connectedness.
In 2013/14 a comprehensive consultative review of the system led by a dedicated committee of students and staff resulted in the establishment of four new Houses in 2015.
Named for the great Australian bush poet, Banjo Paterson
Color: Orange – the name of Paterson’s birthplace
Legacy: creativity, determination, success
Mascot: Brumby – strength and freedom
Motto: “Stand together. We are united.”
Charity: Beyond Blue
Named for great Australian Olympian, Cathy Freeman
Color: Red – connecting indigenous and modern
Legacy: speed, strength, life, love, standing out from the pack
Mascot: Peregrine Falcon – powerful, determined, focused, success, victory, rising above
Motto: “Together we soar to victory.”
Charity: Autism Spectrum Australia
Named for the great Australian performing artist, Hugh Jackman
Color: Blue – loyalty, wisdom
Legacy: confidence, intelligence, faith, integrity
Mascot: Wolf – strength, nobility, loyalty, familial tie also for Jackman’s wolverine role
Motto: “Brave in our actions, selfless in our approach.”
Charity: Fred Hollow’s Foundation
Named for the great Irish born Australian football player, administrator, philanthropist, charity worker and writer, Jim Stynes
Color: Purple – a combination Melbourne Football Club’s red and blue; ambition, power, independence
Legacy: success, virtue, courage, overcoming
Mascot: Shark – forward moving, master of survival, symbol of life, power, instinct
Motto: “With strength and unity we build champions.”
Charity: The Royal Children’s Hospital
All students and staff are ‘life’ members of: Banjo, Jackman, Freeman or Stynes.
Siblings belong to the same House
House charity choices are reviewed annually
House Points are attributed through:
- college representation at sport or extra-curricular activities
- earning ‘Merit’ points for demonstrating the school values: Respect, Responsibility, Personal Best. These are awarded by teachers.
- House event participation
House Leaders lead their members at inter-house competitions and plan the annual House Day
- an annual student led competitive event held early in Term 1 to foster House spirit and school connectedness through non-sport activities
- each year level participates in House competition for a period each on the day
- competition includes: spelling challenge, Trivia, Maths challenge and a scavenger hunt
- sale of cupcakes and sausages at recess/lunchtime to raise funds for the House charities
The House Cup is presented in October each year on the last day for Year 12 students
The school donates an additional $500 to the winning House’s charity
Good Friday Appeal
- Held annually in Term 1
- Typically, free dress days, raffles, cake stalls and sausage sizzles are organised
- We have featured in the TV Appeal coverage
- In 2014 over $8,000 was raised
- In 2015-16 over $2,500 was raised each year
YGAP 5c Campaign, 2013-2014
- STRIVE groups were challenged to donate coins
- In 2014 we donated more than 100kg of coins which totaled almost $5000.
- YGAP noted that this was the highest amount raised by any school in Australia.
- We raise money for cancer research most years.
- We have run crazy hair days and raised over $2000.
Wear it Purple Day
- Students wear purple to school to raise awareness for students’ rights to thrive regardless of their sex, sexuality, or gender identity. Purple donuts are sold to help raise funds.
Maddie Riewaldt’s Vision (MRV)
- In 2016, $2,000 was raised to help adolescents and young adults suffering from Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes.
- The funds went toward cure research, providing support for treatments and disease prevention.
- Students paid a fee to come to school wearing the colors of Footy Codes
Disadvantaged Scholars Fund
- Initiated by the 2016 Service Captains, this fund helps disadvantaged students at St Helena Secondary College access the learning resources and opportunities otherwise beyond them.
R U OK? Day
- In 2016 students could buy two hot drinks for the price of one so the second could be offered to someone along with an enquiry about their wellbeing.
- In 2015 the school raised over $4000 to help those effected by the earthquakes in Nepal.
- Students aimed to fill a giant money box with gold coins over 4 weeks.
State Schools Relief
An out-of-uniform day is held annually for the collection of gold coin donations toward the provision of essential school items for Victorian students in need of support.