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We’re the Voice!

Tea Gardens Public School runs an amazing parliament that is the envy of many other schools across the region.

Last week, the student parliament celebrated its 28th official opening. During his opening address, the Governor General, Principal Mark Clemson, highlighted “Our student leaders are responsible for different portfolios and it is great to see what they can achieve for our school. More so, I am increasingly impressed with how our student leaders connect locally to have an impact more broadly.

A couple of examples immediately come to mind, one was a recent visit to a local aged care facility where our leaders connected the generations by listening to stories from the past and asking questions building the foundations for improved relationships. The second is our student leaders’ involvement with the Lions Recycle for Sight program this term. At this point, our leaders have led the collection of, in

excess of, 250 pairs of spectacles across the Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest community. These glasses will be recycled and sent to improve sight in poorer countries across the world. This is just a wonderful example of how our student leaders are trying to help others less fortunate.”

Parliament continues to give the students ‘a voice’ in implementing change at our school and is still going strong in 2017. The parliament offers an outstanding model of student participation  by providing opportunities for students to communicate ideas and opinions about school improvement and to be involved in the decision making process.

Leadership comes in many shapes and forms. Positive role models demonstrate honesty and knowledge. They are hardworking, care about others and themselves, care about the environment and can work together as part of a team. People who have these qualities are people we should aspire to be. Being a member our school Parliament is something younger students aspire to and is certainly valued by both the school and wider community.

Mark Clemson

2017 Student Parliament with Mr Martin, Mrs Edwards and Ms Washington

Sophie Frazer commented, “Parliament is a part of learning at our school. We learn to work together, make good friends, and learn how to speak in front of people. We are the voice for other kids at our school.”