Student voice plays an important role within a school and Cornerstone is continuing to develop avenues for this to play out authentically across the year groups. There are already well established student leadership programs, which saw a fantastic boost for Year 5 and 6 students at the beginning of this year and the commencement of the Student Council in the Secondary school. This level of advocacy is integral in helping students feel the belonging and engagement that are vital to school culture.
Another aspect that is identified in the “Creating Child Safe Institutions” framework is the ability for students to participate in decisions that affect them. The Secondary classes recently took part in a student learning survey that helped students review their learning in each of their subjects and provide feedback to their teachers. This process will be repeated at the end of the term and then twice per term for the remainder of the year, allowing staff to monitor how their students are feeling about their learning and to make changes that help maximise their achievement.
There are more of these developments to come early next term, so watch out for details in the newsletter.
“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver! Proverbs 16:16 (NIV)