Student voice and Leadership


Attitude to School Survey

We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. Find out more about the Attitudes to School Survey.


School and House Captains

Each year, Year 6 students are asked to nominate for roles of School Captain and School Vice-Captain. Election to these esteemed roles is conducted by a poll of their peers following nomination speeches and an election campaign. Year six students can also develop their leadership skills by nominating for Captaincy of our four school Houses (Rucker, Urquhart, Gerrard and Walker).


Junior School Council

The Junior School Council (JSC) is a valued leadership opportunity for students at Westgarth Primary School. Two students in each Year 3-6 class are elected by their classmates at the beginning of each year. Junior School Council members assist the Principal, staff and School community on matters of school improvement.


Junior School Council Representatives are positive role models for other students in the school, provide a voice for the students in Prep-Year 6 regarding matters that affect them, regularly report back to the students in classes, attend meetings and implement initiatives which raise student awareness of programs which make a positive difference to the lives of others. JSC supports a number of local and global citizenship projects including Home Ground, Cancer Council, Oxfam and UNICEF.


Junior School Council aims to:

  • Develop skills in leadership and negotiation
  • Provide the opportunity for students to participate in decision-making which directly affects them
  • Provide experience and understanding of the functioning of the school
  • Give the children practical experience in administration, meeting procedures and following through with decisions
  • Provide an avenue for the children to voice their opinions and ideas in a formal, structured way
  • Involve students in fundraising and Social Service
  • Develop citizenship and a sense of student responsibility


Buddy program

Westgarth operates a 'buddy' program across all year levels.  Prep students are generally buddies with Year 5-6 students. Students in the Years 3-6 are inducted regarding the responsibilities of being a buddy and every few weeks the buddy grades get together for an activity.  As all students have had a buddy over the years, the program runs very successfully and older students are always happy to become the mentor buddy.  On occasion, the Prep buddies and Year 5-6 buddies spend time at lunchtime playing together.

We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School Survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.

Students from Year 4 to 6 at our school will participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool.  It is important to note that we are not in any way ‘testing’ your child. Your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey.

 

Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used to link data for statistical and research purposes only. All responses to the survey are kept anonymous in the response file. Personal identification data will not be recorded in the survey response file. This ensures that the confidentiality of your child’s responses is protected at all times.

 

This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school over the period Monday 7 – 11 May. The survey only takes 20 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time.

The survey results will be reported back to the school before the end of term 2. All survey data that is made available in reports are for groups of students only so that no individual student can be identified.

 

The school will communicate the survey results to parents and carers through its annual Report to the School Community.

 

If you would like more information, please visit: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/management/improvement/Pages/performsurveyat.aspx