East Para Primary School

Senior Leader - Student Wellbeing                             Bullying No Way !

 

 

Hi, I'm Aaron McPherson.  I have been appointed to East Para this year, 2016, in the role of 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.

Student Leadership

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)

Children's Parliament

In 2017, EPPS is trialling 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.

School Captains

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

SRC

Each class has an elected representative and proxy that attend a fortnightly meeting.

At the meetings students:

Year 5 to 7 students can also apply to be members of the Senior Executive Council

VAPS

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