Inverell High School was presented with two awards at the recent Regional Education Awards - School Student Leadership and Individual Student Achievement.
Inverell High School promotes the benefits of student leadership and the development of leaders throughout the school through a wide range of opportunities. The Student Representative Council (SRC) is established using a preferential election system after speeches by nominees to student peers at year assemblies. Executive positions are elected at an SRC leadership camp, and the SRC includes a representative of the Junior Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (JAECG).
In consultation with a selected committee and senior executive of the school, the SRC reviews its constitution and writes a specific charter each year.
The role of the SRC includes:
• regular reports at formal school assemblies, presentation night and P&C meetings,
• encouragement for other students to be involved in student activities,
• organisation of events such as school socials, fundraising activities and working bees to beautify school grounds,
• involvement in the Positive Behaviour for Learning initiative, and
• conduct of surveys to improve school features.
Regular news of the work of the SRC appears in the school newsletter, and the school regularly hosts regional meetings of students. Student representatives from the SRC were chosen to travel to Melbourne, accompanied by the Deputy Principal, to present a donation of $5,000 to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. The funds were raised through various fundraising activities.
Students are regularly chosen to represent the school at regional and State level SRC, and Charles Witherdin-Costigan has recently been invited to chair the State SRC Conference.
Other leadership activities throughout the school include:
.Junior AECG to support Aboriginal students
• Year 11 Peer Support Leaders take weekly lessons as well as conduct activities at the Year 7 camp to ensure smooth transition into high school and mentoring of junior students,
• a student consultation group monitors student participation in the implementation of Positive Behaviour for Learning, and
• the school is represented at community activities such as ANZAC Day and Vietnam Veterans Day and
Inverell High School students regularly take part in community activities, achieving regular accolades:
• student chosen for Nanga Mai Indigenous Student Leadership Award,
• students chosen for NSW Youth Parliament,
• students chosen to shadow School Education Director during Education Week,
• student chosen to attend National and State Constitutional Convention,
• student selected as Lions Youth of the Year, and
• two students chosen as Young Australian of the Year for Inverell.
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT - NATHAN JAMIESON
Nathan Jamieson has been at Inverell High School since the start of 2009 and is now in Year 12. He is an exemplary student in a number of areas: academic, student leadership, public speaking, cultural activities and community involvement. Highly regarded by his peers both inside the classroom and the wider school activities, staff find him an extremely personable, reliable and conscientious young man.
Nathan's academic achievements include an Academic Medal for Year 11 in 2009, first place prizes in Advanced English, Chemistry, Ancient History, Italian Beginners and Extension English 1, and Merit Awards in Mathematics and Biology. This year he participated in the National Youth Science Forum and will be one of five representing Australia at the International Science Forum later this year. He has been selected to attend the Leadership Camp for the National Youth Science Forum in 2011.
Since coming to the school in 2009, Nathan has been President of the Student Representative Council (SRC), a member of the school Executive Student Council, peer support leader, student liaison to the P&C and currently School Captain. Debating and public speaking are particular strengths. In Year 11 Nathan won a Special Award for Public Speaking from Inverell East Rotary Club. In the Rotary Public Speaking competition he was school, club and zone winner, and district finalist. This year he has again been Inverell High School, club and zone winner and district finalist. Nathan is Team Captain of Inverell High School Premier's Debating Challenge, and school representative to the Model United Nations Assembly.
Nathan's interests cover all aspects of school life. In 2009 he was a member of the school hockey team and a member of the school's Envirothon team which won the communication section. This year he had a major role in the school musical, Footloose. Giving generously of his time to the community, in 2009 Nathan assisted in school fundraising for a Rotary Shelter Box, assisted with the Red Shield Door Knock Appeal and sold Legacy badges. He was the Inverell, zone and regional winner of the Lion's Youth of the Year, and district finalist. He has also been guest speaker at a number of local community group meetings including the Probus Club. This year Nathan was Inverell Rotary's guest speaker for the ANZAC Day ceremony, and was awarded Inverell Shire Council's Young Citizen of the Year.