The Power of Voice
The concept of student voice in our BVIS context, refers to the expression of values, opinions and perspectives by individuals or groups of students within our school and the subsequent actions in response to them. Listening to and acting on student preferences, helps our students to feel invested and can ignite their passions, building up their persistence. As a result of feeling empowered by ‘student voice’, they experience self-worth, engagement and purpose in school. So, one of the questions that we shall be asking our children this term is, “If you were to think of class rewards as you reach House point number thresholds, what would they look like?”
Taking this idea of student voice a little further, at BVIS we have now elected our Student Councillors from Years 2 to Year 6, who will channel the ideas and opinions of all of our students to the ‘listening ears’ of our school management team. By proactively modelling the process of listening, not only do we encourage the engagement of students in decision making processes, but we teach them how to listen to the thoughts and suggestions of others, developing their skills of collaboration and tolerance.
In their role as Student Councillors, the children are increasing their self-confidence, developing their listening skills in terms of respecting the views of others and improving their ability to articulate the thoughts of their peers.
We are proud of the work that our Student Councillors do and congratulate them on their election, which was ultimately in response to ‘Student Voice’.