Junior Council is run in partnership with local schools and meets eight times a year, usually every six weeks, between February and December. The Junior Councillors learn about leadership, responsibility, Local Government and the decision-making process, and public speaking.
Junior Council began in 2003 and now includes:
- Beechworth Montessori school
- Wooragee Primary School
- Wahgunyah Primary School
- Upper Sandy Creek Primary School
- Stanley Primary School
- St. Mary's Rutherglen
- St. Joseph's Beechworth
- St. Joseph's Chiltern
- Rutherglen Primary School
- Osbornes Flat Primary School
- Middle Indigo Primary School
- Kiewa Valley Primary School
- Chiltern Primary School
- Beechworth Primary School
- Barnawartha Primary School
- Yackandandah Primary School
One Year 5 student from each school is on Junior Council for 12 months. Most Junior Councillors report to their assembly after each meeting or write report for the school newsletter.
Council recognises the importance of young people's views, and Junior Council gives young people the opportunity to make a difference by providing them with a direct link to Council where their ideas can be heard. In addition, Junior Councillors organise charity fundraising.
Junior Council Objectives
- Inspire students to make a positive contribution to their school.
- Motivate students to be great leaders in their area of influence.
- Empower students with practical skills of balancing study, school commitments and social life as well as managing the stress in these areas.
- Promote the value of inspirational and positive role models as examples to others, by exposing students to a diverse range of leaders and their views on leadership.
- Educate students about the need to grow in knowledge and practical skills in the areas of excellence and leadership
- Connect students with other students from other schools and develop long term support networks.
Last updated: 09 April 2013