High school students take on advisory role

Commissioner for Children and Young People Jenni Perkins with some of Quinns Baptist College years 5 and 6 students, who have been appointed as her advisory committee. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d417973
Commissioner for Children and Young People Jenni Perkins with some of Quinns Baptist College years 5 and 6 students, who have been appointed as her advisory committee. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d417973

They will report on the views and concerns of local children as one of Jenni Perkins’ 2014 advisory committees.

The 15 years 5 and 6 students were appointed earlier this year and met the Commissioner last Thursday.

The students presented the findings of the first phase of their research, Children’s Choices ” Us and Our Community.

After studying research and analysis methods, the students developed their own questionnaire to give fellow college students a say about what they liked, and what they would like to change, about their community.

The Commissioner said the committee had produced many thought-provoking and constructive recommendations.

‘The first phase of their project showed their great capacity to look at the results of the survey and give considered thought to how those results could be used to improve things around their school and in their community,’ Ms Perkins said.

‘I congratulate the school on creating an environment where the students can participate in decision-making in the school, and influence and shape what is happening around them.’

‘I am looking forward to hearing the findings from their survey of the broader community.’

In terms 2 and 3, the committee will take its survey to other schools in the area and report to the Commissioner, who reports to the State Parliament.