We’ve reached the end of another term, meaning we’re halfway through the school year. The SRC have been working hard to develop some fantastic ideas for ways we can improve Rivendell School, and celebrate some key events that are important to our students.
Early this term we celebrated International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), which took place on May 17th. IDAHOBIT celebrates LGBTQIA+ people globally, and raises awareness for the work still needed to combat discrimination. The SRC has always championed a school community that is inclusive and supportive of all of our students, including those that identify as LGBTQIA+. In celebration of IDAHOBIT, students baked cupcakes which were handed out to staff and students during lunch time. In addition to this, we transformed our SRC Noticeboard to promote pride and inclusivity, and SRC staff handed our IDAHOBIT stickers and badges. The SRC were so proud of our effort to support our LGBTQIA+ students, and have already begun plans for next term, where we will celebrate Wear It Purple Day on August 26th.
Towards the end of Term 2, we were finally able to participate in Clean Up Australia Day after a few weeks of warm weather and dry grounds. Students took to the mangroves and shoreline to clean up the rubbish that washes up on our shores from the Parramatta River, and negatively impacts on our local environment. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who participated on the day and contributed to keeping Rivendell clean- the environment thanks you!
Lastly, a goal of this term was to start supporting our students to engage in leadership opportunities around the school. This included presenting at Assembly on behalf of the SRC for our fortnightly updates to the school community, and presenting at the Executive Staff meeting to advocate their ideas to our School’s leadership team.
Another way students have contributed to advocate for student voice at school was the introduction of the SRC virtual suggestion box, which was student led in its development and launch. We’d like to thank the students that participated in these activities- it was a great way to increase confidence and engage in activities that support student voice.
On behalf of the SRC, we hope everyone in the Rivendell School community enjoys the winter term break. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Tuesday 19th July- our first SRC meeting back will be Thursday of Week 1.
Thomas Walker Estate Hospital Road Concord West NSW 2138
I would like to respectfully acknowledge the Wangal people who were one of the first Aboriginal people to encounter British settlers. The Wangal Clan lived in this place we now call Concord, and where Hen and Chicken Bay was an important Wangal Clan meeting place. The Wangal Clan is one of 29 clans of the Eora Nation. I would like to pay my respects to the Elders, both past, such as Bennelong, and present Elders and Aboriginal people of this land where we meet today.
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