At Australian International School (AIS), one of our key focuses is to ensure that our students are fully prepared for life beyond the classroom. As part of this approach, wherever possible we look to provide opportunities and roles that can build our student’s confidence, test their leadership skills, and expose them to something completely new. One example of this is AIS’s Student Representative Council (SRC), and this week we decided to explore the council to learn more about what it does and learn why students are keen to join.
What is AIS’s SRC all about?
From running charity fundraisers, preparing teacher’s day celebrations to organising school dances, AIS’s SRC play a fundamental role in the managing of student activities at AIS throughout the academic year.
As an overview, the council is made up of 34 members in total, five of whom work as executives who look to lead and oversee the running of the entire council, managing all the activities, campaigns and events. The remaining 29 work as representatives for each of the school’s homeroom classes. Their role consists of speaking on behalf of their fellow students, helping with organising activities on the ground level, and communicating information.
To find out from the students what it is like to be part of the SRC and learn why they took on such a key role, we spoke to two of the council’s executives, Vice President Amy (Sian) Lee, Year 12, and Junior Executive, Zara Evans, Year 9, to find out more.
Describe your role as an SRC executive.
‘Being the vice president of the SRC gives me lots of responsibilities and leadership opportunities to lead all students in AIS to a bright future, and a chance to try my best to help them to achieve their dreams. Therefore, this motivates me to organise lots of beneficial activities and competitions for them. For instance, starting last August, I started planning to create a science and economic competition for AIS students in which they had to choose one environmental issue in Vietnam and show their own inventions to solve the problem. I believed that such an event would help our students to develop their scientific, economical, and debate skills with other international school students, and have been very grateful and honoured to organise and plan all of these as an SRC executive. Recently, the competition was held at AIS on the 12th of December, 2020 and it was great to see so many people there!’
Amy Lee, Year 12
‘I am the junior executive of the SRC, which means I am in charge of years 7 through 10. I ran for the position near the end of the last academic year, going against two other competitors and won by a student vote. So far, our school has had a haunted house for Halloween, a party and dress up for Moon Festival, a variety of fun games and dress ups for Teacher Day, and small events like Secret Santa, bake sales and dress-ups for Christmas, with many more activities to come. Such events like these are organised by the whole SRC team, as it affects the whole school. My favourite event so far would have to be the Halloween haunted house, that all the SRCs decorated and participated in.’
Zara Evans, Year 9
Why did you decide to become an SRC executive?
‘I was a very quiet and introverted girl when I was in Year 9, but after I saw lots of outgoing and active SRC executives, it motivated me a lot to change my personality and try to speak up for myself. In addition, a number of AIS school teachers encouraged me to develop my public speaking and knowledge skills, so I decided to be an SRC executive in my senior school life. It also gave me a chance to support younger students who need my help in sharing their opinions, provide more chances to get students involved in lots of creative activities, as well as involve them in lots of competitions at AIS, which will be beneficial for their future. I am very honoured and grateful to help them as a vice president.’
Amy Lee, Year 12
‘My favourite thing about being a junior executive is being able to host and run charity fundraisers and events. It’s amazing to see so many students getting involved in many of the activities, regardless of the situation. I get to work with and cooperate with my peers and teachers in creating the best experiences for everyone. I enjoy the leadership responsibilities, being the person who students can ask questions to and talk to. I can only grow from this experience of being a junior executive, as I am so young. I think it’s a great place to start.’
Zara Evans, Year 9
The SRC is just one of a number of extra-curricular activities and groups which AIS provides to encourage students to try new pursuits, take on responsibility and build their confidence. To learn more about AIS’s general approach to instilling leadership skills and how important the school believes they are for its students, please watch this video: