On Tuesday, 10 May 2016, several students of Fairvale High had the privilege of participating in the Model United Nations in Schools (MUNIS) day. This day allowed us to debate about a certain topic in the same format that the United Nations General Assembly would. The primary topic revolved around the detrimental treatment of women in Sierra Leone. Each student represented countries from around the world – each one with different attitudes and perspectives on the issue.
Conflict stirred among countries whose views did not align with each other, leading to disputes and arguments. However, they were united by a single purpose – to mitigate the oppression of women. Over the course of several hours, the countries discussed a variety of strategies to combat the issue, with occasional banter and cheeky remarks. The convention eventually reached a conclusion with each country agreeing to contribute funds into educational reform and services specifically designed for women seeking help. In this conference, several of our students distinguished themselves with their strong speaking skills and received awards – a truly excellent effort! We thank UNSW for providing this unique opportunity to our students.
International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March across the world. It is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.
Our school celebrated this day to support parity between men and women. This refers to the genders receiving equal pay for equal amounts of work, an issue currently facing Australian society. The Student Representative Council decorated the canteen with purple balloons and ribbons in correlation with colours of United Nations: Women organisation. We invited all students and staff to show their support by being photographed making various pledges. It was a huge success as we received a large response from the school so thank you to everyone who helped make this day happen!
To celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity, Harmony Day was held at Fairvale High on Monday 21 March (Term 1, Week 9). This year’s Harmony Day theme was ‘our diversity is our strength’. With the help of our Student Representative Council and teachers, harmony day was a definite success. On the day, teachers and students wore orange ribbons and participated in games of volleyball, netball and basketball, whilst many captured the joyous moment with the SRC’s handmade insta-frames. Thank you to all students and teachers who participated in the friendly games and to the audience who supported them.
Dalena Lam (Year 12 – Vice Captain)
Fairvale's SRC Fundraiser for the victims of Fiji’s Cyclone Winston
On 20 and 21 of February, Fiji was struck by the severe tropical cyclone Winston, which caused massive destruction in the country. More than 350 000 people were affected - around a third of them were children. This natural disaster destroyed a huge number of houses, crops, livestock and infrastructure including 265 schools, all comprising of about AU $77 million in damages. Over 54 700 people are relying on evacuation centres as means for shelter. However, they are without safe water sources and sanitation. This disaster has massively ruined the lives of many people in Fiji.
This calamity became an eye-opening event for many people, especially for the students of Fairvale High School. We sympathised with the struggles that the victims have faced since the disaster took place early this year and we know that compassion would mean a lot to them. And as the SRC, we collaborated and organised a fundraiser around the school to send donations for them. With the help of everyone - the SRC, students, teachers and the administration, we were able to raise an amount of AU $607.15 which has been sent through the Australian Red Cross.
In behalf of the SRC, we would like to thank everyone who supported the fundraiser for the victims of the cyclone. Our compassion as human beings provides hope to those who need it most.
"Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love." - Anonymous
On Friday, 24 June, Fairvale’s 2016 captains ventured to Prairiewood High School for an afternoon tea with various school leadership teams across Sydney. A warm reception from the Prairiewood hosts consisting of their respective Student Representative body, followed by an even more welcoming platter of sub-sandwiches, set us up for a great day. Various schools and leadership teams were in attendance. Ranging from the ever familiar locals of Canley Vale High School to the more obscure Camden High School. We discussed topics ranging from conventional small-talk of the weather, life in the HSC and respective school lifestyles to the more mundane nuances of commenting on blazer designs. Aside the chatter, leisure activities such as charades assisted in figuratively breaking the ice, opening up greater communication between the schools. Throughout the night, exchanging ideas and banter ensued, with various school prefects and captains learning from each other and their schools. To end the night, a game of dodgeball, raiding the snack table and hearty farewells concluded an otherwise chaotic week.
Patrick Young (Year 12 - Vice Captain)
On the 25th of April 2016, several SRC members represented Fairvale at ANZAC Day dawn services that were hosted by multiple RSLs across the area. This included Fairfield RSL, Smithfield RSL, Cabravale Diggers and Canley Heights RSL. Whilst the event created a sombre mood, it was a delightful experience, as leaders, to honour the fallen soldiers as we placed wreaths on behalf of our school. We hope to get involved in many other events that ensure we are proactive within the local community. We would like to thank all the teachers that accompanied the SRC students to these services. It was truly a wonderful event.
Adriana Esho (Year 12 - Vice Captain)
The students vs teachers games have been a popular event at Fairvale, held by the Student Representative Council fortnightly. This year, we’ve held three successful games so far, with the sports being basketball, volleyball and oz-tag.
This year, the SRC had introduced some changes to the recruitment process. At the volleyball team, there were two columns on the recruitment list, one for male and the other for female. This is to encourage female to participate in sport, instead of having a predominately male team. For the last game, Oz tag, however, the process was vastly changed with the introduction of the SRC mailbox, which required students to write their name on a piece of paper and slipped it in the box. Then the names of players would be picked randomly by the SRC.
Unfortunately, due to stormy weather, the oz-tag game was cancelled twice. After some consideration, the SRC decided to held the game once term 3 commenced. Like the previous two games, it was a huge success. Both sides were trying their very best, which resulted in a tie at the end.
Overall, the students enjoyed these games immensely, displayed great sportsmanship and even volunteered to play on the teachers’ team when there weren’t enough teachers. In the end, it wasn’t about the result, but the fun that came with it.
Articles By Katerina Nguyen, Year 10
On the 9th of March, various year 10s and 11s students attended the ‘Youth Mental Health Summit 2016’. The event was held at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and was organised by the South West Connect.
The purpose of the summit was to assist in removing the negative stigma associated with mental health issues by providing students and teachers with the skills, knowledge and resources to identify and resolve mental health issues.
Students and teachers were split into groups, where each group engaged in impactful workshops, training and panel diffusions. These activities were divided into three sessions and were shared among the groups.
The activities include:
• An interactive role-playing activity, this examined the consequences associated with the bad choices made by Billy; a teenage who moved school and processed the inability to make friends. The actors then asked for suggestions from the audience in an attempt to change the outcomes of Billy’s future.
• Poster making, this activity highlight the various techniques used by students when under stress. Students were required to write a strategy on a poster and present it to the other students and organisers. The posters were then used to decorate the walls of the powerhouse.
• This activity allowed students to explore the powerhouse and look through the art exhibition. Numerous booths were organised by the Liverpool City Council, Fairfield City Council, headspace programme Liverpool, Transcultural Mental Health Centre, National Disability Coordination Officer Programme, Youth off the Streets and Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, where information about the voluntary opportunities and incoming events were provided to students.
All in all, the Youth Mental Health Summit was beneficial and informative. It provided much-needed information on how to manage the negative- stigma associated with mental health issues and extended our knowledge of ment
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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.