The BIG IDEA Session (PDF 144kB) is held annually at the State SRC Conference. This event allows student teams to propose their BIG IDEAs about how to enhance student life. The TOP 3 BIG IDEAS are handed to the NSW SRC for action during their term of office. Download the BIG IDEAs (PDF 95kB).
Engaged Students = Active Learners
Students should be provided with opportunities to become active participants in their education. Effective practice includes involving students in decisions about what and how they learn and how their learning is assessed.
'Giving students a voice is not simply about the opportunity to communicate ideas and opinions; it is about having the power to influence change.' (West, 2004).
'Meaningful involvement of students means validating and authorising them to represent their own ideas, opinions, knowledge and experiences throughout education in order to improve our schools.' (Fletcher, 2005).
What have I gained from speaking up?
'My public speaking has improved a lot - I was always really nervous but it has taught me to calm down' - Lewis
'I feel good when I contribute and even better when I represent' - Sam
'Our schools public speaking program has taught me that anyone can learn to speak well' - Ruby
'It is helpful to learn communication skills and to be able to be a part of improving our school' - William
State student leaders participated in the 'Speak Up against Bullying' Initiative, Anti-Bullying Forum, March 2005 and their insightful comments were quoted in Daily Telegraph newspaper reports.