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Hi, I'm Aaron McPherson. Assistant Principal / School Counsellor
If you have an issue or concern I can be contacted at the school on 82643944 or see our friendly office staff to make an appointment.
My role as a School Counsellor is to assist in the creation of a school climate orientated towards success, with the goal being, improved educational outcomes for all. I work closely with students, staff, parents and the wider community in a range of areas.
At East Para I am responsible for a number of Student Leadership Initiatives. These include Epps Parliament, School Captains, Student Representative Council (SRC) and Values and Peer Support (VAPS)
In 2017, EPPS is trialled a different model of student leadership, known as Children’s Parliament.
The title ‘Children’s Parliament’ highlights two important factors around student leadership; firstly, it is child centered and secondly the term Parliament has a real world connection.
It is important at EPPS that students are at the centre of everything we do and that they are given a voice in decision making around how we can continually improve our school and strive for excellence.
It is also important that there is a connection to the Australian Curriculum in everything we do. Learning about the how Governments are formed and run in Australia is part of the learning within Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) and Civics and Citizenship. It is vital for engagement that students can make connections to what they do at school to the ‘real’ world.
At this early stage of a three year trial, the Parliament is made up of eight Year 7 students who are nominated by their peers and voted in by the students. The elected students decide on the areas of school improvement that are most important to them and become the Minister of that Ministry for the year. They are also assigned electorates (classrooms) which they represent at Parliamentary meetings.
The Ministers themselves develop skills in organisation, debating, leadership and confidence in standing up for what they believe in.
As the model evolves, the plan is to include students from other year levels to have specific responsibilities within the Parliament.
At East Para I am responsible for a number of Student Leadership Initiatives. These include School Captains, Student Representative Council (SRC) and Values and Peer Support (VAPS)
These are student elected Year 7 students who represent each of the 4 School House Teams. East Para Primary School expects its captains to model the RITCHR Values as well as behaving in a courteous manner, engaging in safe play, completing work to the best of their ability, modelling the Dress Code policy including always wearing full school uniform and participating in school events.
These students undertake the following roles
· Act as Ambassadors for the school when required.
· Co-ordinate the Yard Award procedures and House Points including tallying of points, announcing at assemblies.
· Introduce themselves at the new parents transitional morning tea.
· Co-ordinate and organise their house team sports day events and practices
· Organise term meetings with their house team (eg to discuss yard clean up, dress code and RITCHR values)
· Organise Ballot papers for the next year’s house captains voting and count the votes.
· Meet with the School Counsellor when required.
· Support the collection of student learning survey data R-2
· Write newsletter items as required and or update school web/intranet pages
· Introduce themselves to the school community through a profile article in the school newsletter
Each class has an elected representative and proxy that attend a fortnightly meeting.
At the meetings students:
· Discuss and debate issues that are raised by individual classes or students
· Conduct surveys and canvas their peers on a range of issues related to the students and school
· Organise fun events such as Crazy Hair Day and Pyjama Day
· Organise to raise funds for charity such as the Childhood Leukaemia Foundation
· Report meeting minutes to their individual classes.
Year 5 to 7 students can also apply to be members of the Senior Executive Council
This is a group of year 4/5/6/7 students who are trained to support students in the yard during break times. We also have VAPS leaders who set up the term timetable and check that the rostered students attend their duty. These leaders provide support to the younger or new VAPS students in developing their skills as a VAPS member.
Some of the VAPS members’ responsibilities are
· Helping new students in the yard, if they need it.
· Being friendly or looking after lonely or upset students in the yard
· Being a positive role model for students and displaying the school’s RITCHR Values
· Be willing to gain the respect and trust of students in the yard
· Helping out with student disputes
· Supporting students to make the right choices whilst playing in the yard