Science at Woodville High School

Student Leadership

 
One of the main forums for student leadership in our school is through student Voice. Students meet regularly in both year levels and in Student Voice meetings to discuss matters raised by students and send recommendations to the Principal's Executive  team and other decision making forums.  Members of Student Voice participate also in fund raising for charities and in promoting the school to visitors.
 
The Year 12 School Captains run the four formal assemblies and the Speech Night ceremony. The school's focus on student leadership has resulted in our students gaining young citizen awards at local and state levels.
 
Students trained in Peer leadership play an important leadership role in supporting student wellbeing.
 

Halogen Awards

The Halogen program is all about students taking on leadership responsibility and in revent years our student leaders took up the fight to support fellow students who had been removed from the school community and  were  returned to closed detention with a campaign "Bring Back the Woodville Kids".

This group of young leaders were nominated in the  Halogen Australia's  Team Leadership Award and were the first team from South Australia to win the national award.

Below is part of their story:

On the 26th of June 2014, two Vietnamese asylum seeker boys, enrolled in Woodville High School under community detention were taken into custody and returned to closed detention. These friends were taken from their peers without notice. The Student leaders in our school, appalled and distressed immediately set up a petition in the school community which they presented to the SA Premier’s electoral office 4 /6/2014.

During school holidays in June 2014 student leaders in our school were involved in the SA Youth Parliament (SAYP). On the 11th June 2014 YP teams were invited to speak on a current issue impacting them. The WHS team delivered a moving speech about these two students. In response the SAYP established a "Bring Back the Woodville Kids" Facebook page (2,544 members).

Our team:

  •  Set up a change.org petition “Bring Our Boys Back Home” now over 14,000 online signatures.
  •  Organised a public rally Bring back the Woodville Kids’ on the steps of Parliament House- 2,000 supporters.
  •  Spoke extensively on media.
  •  Gained support of the local City of Charles Sturt.
  •  Organised a silent protest.
  •  Current Yr 11 and Past scholar co-wrote a protest song “Bring Back the Woodville Kids”.
  •  Student film maker group JLe production- documented and filmed both their progress and the song- both on social media.

 

 

 

 

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