Student Voice at Clancy
Article 12 of the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNHCR) states that young people with views should have “ … the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child. ”
Student voice involves sharing thoughts, ideas, beliefs, and opinions in a safe environment built on trust and respect. Voice is presented in the form of ideas, suggestions, and a sense of shared responsibility. It includes students contributing realistic solutions for the good of the whole community.
Student voice is formed from the belief that schools should forever listen, collaborate and act with students. We hope to encourage:
- Clear and honest communication
- The ability to learn from mistakes and make adjustments
- Mutual respect and collaboration
- The ability to reflect, make decisions, take action, and accept the responsibility that comes with being part of the solution.
One of the main methods at Clancy for seeking diverse ideas amongst the students is through Student Leadership. This structure utilises Class, Grade and Year 12 Leaders who come together to discuss agenda items and engage in student consultation as to the best ways to address student needs.
Clancy has already had important successes with student voice including:
- The Clancy Mural which captures the essence of our school
- The ‘Reminaging Spaces’ initiative which has changed the design of learning spaces
based on student input
- Online student surveys (Pivot – https://pivotpl.com/about-pivot/ ) providing feedback to
teachers to help inform and guide the way they teach to better meet the needs of their
- Year 7 Entry and Year 12 Exit Surveys
- Year group Pastoral surveys, which include collecting data from students in all year
groups on topics such as Bullying, Wellbeing and Pastoral programs.
The next projects will focus on:
- The external environment and making spaces that best meet student needs (e.g seating,
wet and hot weather protection
- The ongoing development of the Indigenous Garden
- Consulting HSC+ students on how the College can better meet their needs