At Hume Anglican Grammar, we are committed to providing our students with a learning environment that inspires them to be their best. An important aspect of school life at our school is developing student voice and agency, enabling our students to be active contributors in their learning and decision making in our school community.
Student voice is not simply about giving students the opportunity to communicate ideas and opinions; it is about students having the power to influence change. Authentic student voice provides opportunities for students to collaborate and make decisions with adults around what and how they learn and how their learning is assessed. This is known to lead to improved educational outcomes.
Student agency refers to the level of autonomy and power that a student experiences in the learning environment. Student voice and agency are intrinsically linked. Agency gives students the power to direct and take responsibility for their learning, creating independent and self-regulating learners.
To support the ongoing development of student voice and agency at Hume Anglican Grammar, we have implemented a Primary School Senate. The Primary School Senate is led by our Primary Captains and Vice Captains and each class is represented with the inclusion of the Class Senators from Years 1 - 6 and House Captains. The members of the Primary Senate meet once a fortnight to discuss what they believe needs addressing in the Primary school or new initiatives, including community projects. The Primary Senate plays an important role in decision-making processes that impact all students. We look forward to continuing fostering student voice and agency into the future.
Nadine Moran - Head of Student Wellbeing P - 2 (Mt Ridley)