Grahamvale Primary School’s student leaders celebrated

By Spencer Fowler Steen

Grahamvale Primary School's new junior school councillors received their badges yesterday in front of friends, family and fellow students at a school assembly.

The eight new representatives were elected by their classmates from Year 3-4 classes and from Year 5-6 classes.

School principal Simone Higgins said the special assembly was held to celebrate and develop their student leaders.

“The student councillors have responsibilities such as selling fruity pops to raise funds and running out-of-uniform days to raise money for the Good Friday Appeal,” she said.

“They also like to think of different causes to raise money for and to support different charities.”

Ready to lead: Grahamvale Primary School's newly-elected junior school councillors with the principal of the Greater Shepparton Secondary College McGuire campus, John Sciacca, and Grahamvale principal Simone Higgins.

The junior school councillors will also be involved in running the nationwide Lids 4 Kids program, collecting bottle lids to make artificial limbs for children.

Ms Higgins said the school also had an ideas box in the library where any student could submit an achievable idea for the school, with propositions discussed by junior school councillors.

Last year, junior school council students requested a Gaga pit so students could have a place to play dodgeball, receiving a $1500 cheque for the project.

The school assembly: Students, parents and families flocked to Grahamvale Primary School to see the new junior school councillors receive their badges.

For newly-elected student councillor Lincoln Blyth, the news came as a bit of a surprise.

“I'm feeling shocked, I can't believe it,” he said.

“I thought all my other classmates would get it because they're all really good.”

Fellow junior school councillor Jorja Madill said she was elected by her peers because she was a “really confident person” in everything she did.

“I'm trustworthy and everyone can rely on me to be what they want me to be,” she said.