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Giving Young People a Voice: Halifax Children's Centre and Mount Barker High School

2013 Giving Young People a Voice (Transcript 106KB PDF)

About the webisode

Halifax Children's Centre has combined with Carclew on "The Children's Map Project". Supporting 'student voice' principles, this project has provided a starting point for the children at the centre to begin discussions, and participate in making decisions, about their learning at the centre.

Mount Barker High School has been working with positive education as a focus at the site. They have worked Dr Martin Seligman around the 24 Character Strengths. Through this work the students have become more confident in themselves and have learned that everyone is different and has strengths in different areas. To further embed the learning from this work and contribute to meaningful use of student voice, the site has involved students in making decisions about student direction and school policy, which has given students a stronger sense of ownership at the school.

About the Schools:

Halifax Street Children's Centre

From the children's centre website:

Halifax Street is a community based, not for profit, Early Childhood Centre offering high quality child care and preschool education to children aged from 6 weeks to school age.

Halifax Street Children's Centre

Mount Barker High School

From the school's philosophy statement:

At Mount Barker High School, they aim to develop in students the knowledge, attitude and skills that students need to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and interrelated world. They aim to provide an education for life with a strong emphasis on intercultural awareness, international understanding and responsible citizenship in the local and global community.

The school aims to help students develop personally, socially, physically and intellectually.

The school also aims to ensure students become independent learners.

Mount Barker High School

Recognition and eLearning Systems

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