Photographs from the Fairfield City Council Youth Leadership and Mentoring Day on the 29th of June 2017.
On Friday, the 19th of July, a few SRC members attended Model United Nations in Schools (MUNIS) at Belmore Boys High School. The day is a simulation of the workings of the general assemble of the united nations.
The day began with a range of introductory activities. We were split up into groups, with the students of other schools, and introduced ourselves.
Finally, the main part of the event began, and we were given the brief for the purpose of the day’s mock General Assembly. The issue surrounded the tensions of European nations, namely Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the role of the United States in this issue. Students were paired up and were given a country to represent.
And so, chaos ensued. Russia was stubborn. The US was stubborn. Ukraine was stubborn. Austria and Hungary merged to once again form the Austrian-Hungarian empire. The issue was debated. Did Russia have a place in invading Ukraine? Could a resolution be possible? After a while of harsh debating, sly comments and belly-aching humour, a solution was finally reached. Russia was to withdraw troops from Ukraine immediately.
Overall, the day was incredibly enjoyable and shone a light on the issues that currently plague our world, as well as showcasing the structure and procedures of the United Nations.
Sylvia Mikha - Year 11 Representative
From the 29th May to the 2nd of June, Fairvale High School commemorated National Reconciliation Week, aiming to help build upon the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
This year marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, allowing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be finally recognised on the census. Additionally, 2017 is also the 25-year anniversary of the historic Mabo decision of 1992, introducing land rights and Native Title for the Indigenous people of Australia. Building upon these significant decisions, the theme for 2017 was “Let’s take the next steps,” calling for more recognition of Indigenous Australians within the constitution.
The start of reconciliation week at Fairvale High was marked by a formal assembly, hosted by the SRC, creating a foundation for the week ahead. Throughout the week, students participated in the creation of a 3D artwork dubbed The Sea of Hands. Hand-shaped cut outs in the colours of black, red and yellow were used to create an Aboriginal Flag. Additionally, a photo frame was passed around the school and students showed their celebrations of National Reconciliation Week as they took photos within the frame.
Overall, National Reconciliation week casted a spotlight on our progress as a nation in relation to Indigenous Australians, as well as the further progress needed to completely address the issues prevalent within this community. Fairvale High’s efforts throughout the week aimed to help take the next steps in relation to law reform regarding Indigenous Australians.
Sylvia Mikha - Year 11 Representative
As a school which actively facilitates the individual growth of its students, the Student Representative Council (SRC) held its biennial ‘SRC Training Day’ on the 15th of March at Canley Heights RSL. This was a day for us to truly reflect upon what it means to be a leader, and the qualities and skills needed to create an effective means of change within the school environment.
The day started off with students reflecting upon key qualities that leaders should possess. This involved forming into teams where students worked together to solve puzzles and small jigsaws which challenged their interpersonal capabilities and critical thinking skills. Resilience, determination and vigilance were only a few examples listed out to be essential qualities of a leader.
This was the followed by an active SRC discussion, where we sat down in different teams to work on and develop ideas that could possibly be integrated into our school community. Ideas are flung around the room, with students engaged in the idea of the school’s involvement in ‘Samaritan’s Purse Australia’ and the fundraising for a school ‘mini-bus’.
Ultimately, the day was a successful event for which students learnt many valuable skills of what it means to be part of the SRC and how valuable these may be in any future profession.
Albert Thai - Year 12 Representative (Vice Captain)
The SRC Induction Ceremony was held in the Foley Centre on the 17th of May, marking another milestone for the SRC. It is a day that all SRC members are recognised for their participation and representation of the student body.
Our guest speaker was Mr Guy Zangari, the state MP for Fairfield, who offered us some words of wisdom about how to be a good leader. He also told us about all the good things we have achieved, and how those good deeds have come together to build a great image of Fairvale.
Each member of the SRC was then called up to receive their certificate and sign their name in the book that bears the signatures of all captains and prefects since 1970. It is a valuable document to the school and a reminder to our success. Then, like always, we proceeded to make a pledge, making a promise to be diligent and a good leader for the students of Fairvale.
Katerina Linh Nguyen - Year 11 Representative
Every year on the 21st of March is Harmony Day. The message for 2017 was “Everyone belongs”. It is a recognition of diversity and belonging for anyone that calls Australia ‘home’.
To celebrate Harmony Day at Fairvale High, every student was given an orange ribbon at roll call, to symbolise their recognition of the day.
The SRC also created three photo frames, adorned with the message “Everyone Belongs,” which was dispersed among students during lunch to take photographs in, promoting the spirit of belonging and inclusiveness. A basketball game was also held at lunch in the COLA, with the students and teachers playing for their respective sporting houses. After two intense matches, Greenway and Florey were triumphant.
True to the Harmony Day’s spirit, many students participated in the games or got their photos taken in the frames. It was a day to highlight the diversity we have at Fairvale, with the message “Everyone belongs”.
Katerina Linh Nguyen - Year 11 Representative
Here is the official audition timetable for Fairvale's Got Talent. See your name? Better be ready! The list has also been posted on the SRC notice board in the canteen. Please bring any clothes and extra equipment you may need to audition.
Good luck to all!
The SRC would like to thank the 2016 Leaders for their hard work. Best wishes in your future careers and endeavours.
In the fight against cancer, a small group of year 12 students participated in Fairfield’s Relay for Life. This was a 24-hour community event organised by the Cancer Council to raise funds for cancer research and to honour cancer patients, survivors and carers while also raising the awareness of the effects of cancer towards the broader populace. Fairvale representatives named the ‘Fairvale Fairies’ were headed by I, Patrick Young as Team Captain, and were able to raise over $1600 in funds towards the research, prevention, treatment and support of individuals affected by cancer.
As Fairvale’s team members walked the course of the event, along with many other members of the community, humanity’s solidarity and strength was displayed as they united to aid in the campaign of defeating cancer. Candles, moving songs and memorials were held over the course of the event to mourn those lost to cancer as well as those who have survived. By participating in such a meaningful event, I hope to further Fairvale High School’s presence in engaging and contributing to the community.
Many thanks to the enormous support of team members, teachers, community and friends, the team’s success would not have been possible without them.
Patrick Young - Year 12 Representative (Vice Captain)
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."
(Laurence Binyon, 1914)
On Friday the 11th of November, several SRC members attended Remembrance Day services at different RSLs in the local area. This was the day when the Armistice went into full effect and the guns fell silent on the Western Front after four long years of continuous warfare in 1918.
Remembrance Day used to be the day to commemorate those that were slain in the First World War, but now, it is the day to remember all sacrifices, past or present, regardless the battle.
We stood in a respectful minute of silence at the eleventh hour of the day.
Then, the ceremony went on, filled with words of wisdom and hymns. The SRC members, on behalf of the school, laid a wreath in respect for those that lost their lives to defend the country we are living in today.
Lest we forget.
Katerina Linh Nguyen - Year 10 Representative
In October, Fairvale High School has promoted Mental Health month and the theme for this year is ‘Learn and Grow.'
Mental Health is defined as the state of well-being in which every person can cope with the normal stresses of life. The Mental Health Association NSW (WayAhead) is the organisation behind this campaign. The aim of this campaign was to encourage everyone to learn and understand that it is vital for us to look after our mental health and wellbeing.
Some tips to cope with stress are:
- Breathe deep release slow
- Volunteer to help others
- Share your passion
- Express optimism
- Listen to live music
- Set a tech-free time
- Remind yourself of the good times
- Explore local surroundings
- Have a mindful moment
- Learn ways to stimulate your mind
The SRC also acknowledged the different avenues in which a student can access additional support networks to explore their own personal issues. The SRC mainly focused on eheadspace which is a confidential free space where young people aged 12 -25 or their families can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional. It is important to receive counsel on issues such as bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety and relationships.
If you feel like you need to seek help, this source will always be available.
The SRC also opened the discussion of mental health during recess and lunch breaks by raising awareness on how to deal with stress. We approached the student body with postcards, tips and information and asked them ‘are you okay?’ This campaign successfully informed the students and teachers about the impacts mental health has on individuals and how to effectively manage it.
Harry Ly - Year 12 Representative
On the 21st of October, Emilija Batar and myself, and many other students from many other schools, were privileged to attend Global Dignity Day at the Parliament of NSW. The internationally recognised day was aimed at fostering positive relationships between all peoples, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, opinion or disability. The day also concentrated on the fact that if every person respected another’s dignity, the world would be a much more harmonious place.
The day first started with a keynote address by Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane. He is an experienced advocate for multiculturalism within Australia. His main message was that starting conversations about dignity, and how to respect it, will take the cohesion of society forward many bounds.
Next, we were split up into many smaller groups and together, we discussed what dignity meant to us. We also shared stories of how we respected another person’s dignity, or helped their dignity to be upheld.
Finally, all the students congregated into the main hall once again to share these stories with all the participants of the day. The stories were very engaging, and some even gave us chills.
Overall, the day was very engaging, and the main message we took away from it was very valuable; always respect another’s dignity.
Sylvia Mikha - Year 10 Representative
On the 28th of September, various senior school representatives partook in the Harmony Day Walk hosted by the Moving Forward Together Association, a not-for-profit association committed in promoting social cohesion. The Harmony Day Walk seeks to bring together Australians from diverse nationalities, ethnic and religious backgrounds to help forge an inclusive society. The central message of the day was to commemorate and celebrate the enduring values of fairness, harmony and respect. It was an enjoyable day that consisted of numerous interactive activities including a fifteen-minute walk around Fairfield Adventure Park, poster designing, dance performances and speeches delivered by local MPs. Overall, the experience was elevating and we hope to see more students partake next year.
Kevin Nguyen - Year 12 Representative
Fairvale High School Space for School Captains and SRC events and information.
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The Student Representative Council (SRC) is made up of students ranging from Year 7 to Year 12 whose aim it is to improve the school by voicing the opinions of the student body and to promote school spirit.