Sacred Heart’s Victorian SRC of the Year award

Sacred Heart College Captains with Deputy Premier James MerlinoSacred Heart College, Geelong, was named the Department of Education and Training Student Representative Council of the Year – Secondary by the Minister for Education, James Merlino, at the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) Recognition Awards during a ceremony in Melbourne recently.

Sacred Heart College has 68 SRC Leaders and has built a culture of student empowerment providing opportunities for student-led decision-making and learning where students are engaged as co-designers and co-creators of curriculum in partnership with teachers.

Sacred Heart Student Leader, Alexandra Marshall, explains the importance of student voice, ‘because it's often neglected in a community where students make up most of the population. Students can provide a voice, give their perspective, be creative and ambitious, in combination with staff and the wider community, is imperative for a thriving school environment’.

Another Leader, Monique Ramsey, said, ‘This year I was a part of the SRC Sustainability Committee, this experience was so rewarding for me. I have always been quite passionate about the environment and how we can improve the sustainability of Sacred Heart College, by having this leadership role I was able to put my passion to great use and it was such worthwhile experience for me to contribute to the school.

‘It was so exciting Sacred Heart College winning the VicSRC of the Year award, the girls and teachers who run the committee have put in so much effort and are so organised, the entire committee have achieved so much this year, it's well deserved.‘

As winners, Sacred Heart College will share in $20,000 in prizes which can be used to fund student voice initiatives, social change campaigns, student representative council activities and student leadership opportunities.

Minister for Education James Merlino said, ‘If we want to get the best out of our students we need to listen to them and these awards recognise the hard work that is done by the Victorian Student Representative Council across our state’.

The VicSRC was established in 2003 and is the peak body representing school students in Victoria.