WHEN more than 100 school leaders from across the state gathered in Sydney to discuss how to boost student participation and leadership skills, Lithgow High School Year 10 student Tayla Hunter was right in the thick of it.
As a member of the SRC Conference Action Team (SCAT), Tayla will help make sure the ideas tossed around at the annual conference are implemented into daily life at Lithgow High.
The Student Representative Council (SRC) is the peak student leadership consultative and decision-making forum representing all secondary students in NSW government schools.
Selection for the state conference is highly competitive, with students needing to be actively involved in their school own SRC, the regional SRC and SCAT teams to be chosen. Only two students from 20 were selected to represent our region at the state conference, which is in its 25th year.
The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Represent’.
Tayla participated in leadership skill development workshops, team building activities and motivational presentations.
Along with her fellow Western Region representative, Tayla also presented their top ‘big ideas’ to action during their term of office.
“We want to represent all the kids in the school, not just the popular or the highest achievers.
“We want to take the SRC to a new level and do things that matter,” Tayla said.
“I have been extremely lucky as I have been able to represent the Western Region for the past two years.
“ This year I was one of the organisers of the event making sure everything ran smoothly.
“ It’s been an incredible opportunity to be part of the conference and I have made a lot of new friends.
“The week long camp has empowered Tayla to enhance the effectiveness our own SRC, we can’t wait to hear all of her new ideas,” SRC coordinator Mr Langfield said.
“ Lithgow High School is very proud of Tayla’s selection into the Regional SRC Action Team and she is to be congratulated for her excellent representation of our school.”