The Sydney Boys High SRC unit is a peer elected group, which represents the students of Sydney Boys High. Key issues concerning students’ welfare and concerns are debated and then put into motion if required. 2018 promises to be an active year with fresh ideas and new members. The SRC aims to:
- Take action to improve the quality of school life for all students through student leadership programs
- Promote public education and its values
- Foster future leaders through the program
- Allow the students to have a voice in the way the school functions through their SRC
- Act on the goals set by the SRC governing body
- And represent the school at the national SRC meetings
The SRC Constitution
a) The name of this organisation is Sydney Boys High School Student Representative Council. Hereafter it will be referred to as the ‘SRC’, and Sydney Boys High School as ‘School’.
- AIMS AND FUNCTIONS
a) The SRC seeks to above all represent efficiently and effectively the student body. To ensure that all requests by students for change, improvement or innovation be carried out to the best of the ability of all those representatives elected by the school.
b) It is the area of responsibility that encompasses all those fields great and small where students seek representation and action
c) We draw our limitations to the students’ interest and by attempting anything that does not benefit or represent the students means we are no longer truly a Student Representative Council
c) Most essentially we are the “student’s voice” in all school’s bodies and decision making processes.
d) The SRC may hold events for students, purchase objects for students to use, provide services for students, or attempt to change school policy based on students’ needs.
- COMPOSITION OF THE SRC
a) Year 7 will have 6 members selected for the SRC by student advisors
b) Years 8, 9, 10 and 12 will have 4 members elected into the SRC.
c) Year 11 will have 2 elected representatives
d) The Executive Committee will have the administrative role in the SRC. This group will be comprised of the President, Vice-President, and Secretary. These three roles will all be Year 11 Representatives. There shall also be a Website Co-ordinator “Tech” executive who may be in any year group, preferably year 10.
e) A Student Advisor from the school staff will act as mentor and supervisor of SRC meetings and proceedings. The Student Advisor will have no voting power.
f) The role of the President is to Chair the SRC and maintain leadership and administration of the SRC.
g) The role of the Vice-President is to assist the President in any matter and to monitor the Committees.
h) The role of the Secretary is to take the minutes and record attendance for each SRC Meeting. They must distribute the minutes to all members after the meeting.
i) The primary role of the Website Co-ordinator is to publish the minutes of each meeting on the school SRC website. They also have access to the SRC Facebook page. The Website Co-ordinator may have to assist in the running of the SRC meetings if year 11s are unavailable or busy with other activities.
- ELECTION OF REPRESENTATIVES
a) The selection process for year 7 is conducted by student advisors, with one member being voted from each house.
b) The election process for years 8-11 is a majority vote, with the most popular candidates from across the year being voted in. There are 4 candidates votes in from each year group except year 11, which has two.
c) The list of successful SRC candidates will be published and announced to the school through either the HIGH NOTES and/or the SRC website and Facebook page within a week of the election.
a) There will be a combined SRC meeting every week, at a place and time designated and announced by the secretary. All SRC members are be required to attend every meeting.
b) A total of two unjustifiable absences by a member in one term will result in a warning. If the member is absent a third time in the same term with no justification, the executive committee will forcibly remove the representative and replace them with the student with the next highest number of votes from the election.
d) The President of SRC will act as chairman over the weekly SRC meetings; assisted by the Vice-President and Secretary.
e) The meeting does not need to follow a strict routine but generally should be conducted in the following order:
i. The President declares the meeting open
ii. Follow up from previous meeting
iii. Today’s Agenda
iv. Issues, complaints and suggestions from students
v. Open floor
vi. Attendance check
vii. Meeting closed
f) Any suggestion that is brought up during the meeting and should be agreed upon by the President and a majority of the members before any action is taken
g) If the SRC wishes to spend its funds on a purchase etc. for the school, there must be an official vote where a majority of the members are in favour of the spending of these funds. A simple vote by asking members to raise their hands should be sufficient.
- RULES OF DEBATE
a) The President will officially open and close the meeting.
b) Any member may express their opinion, as long as it is done democratically and politely
c) If a member or student would like the SRC to take action on their suggestion, they must first convince the President, who will then ask for the general opinion of the SRC body. Action will be taken if a majority of the SRC is in agreement
d) If a member or student would like the SRC to spend its funds, they must first convince the President, who will then ask for an official vote by the SRC body. Action will be taken if a majority of the SRC votes in agreement
e) If any representative is disruptive and rude, he may be issued a warning by the student-advisor. If this continues they will be asked to leave the meeting.
f) No member of staff or other person who is not an SRC representative has voting power, however they may raise issues, complain or suggest ideas to the executive body.
a) If any part of the SRC Constitution needs to be changed or added to, an official vote should be taken, in which a majority vote will make the change or addition legitimate.