The QMC Student Council has made looking after the environment a top priority in 2019.
The Student Council features one student per year from Year 3–6 and two per year from Year 7–13. The group meets every Monday to discuss their initiatives and goals for QMC. They also meet with Principal Jayne-Ann Young regularly to let her know what they discuss and what they would like to see implemented.
Riley Newell and Rakshaya Bava Ashok are the Year 13 representatives on the Student Council. They were interested in joining to help make a difference in their final year at school.
“Student Council is an opportunity to give back and make changes for the better. It’s easier to make change as a group than as an individual,” Riley says.
“I also wanted to see more connections between the year groups so we have a more holistic student body,” Rakshaya adds.
Making QMC more environmentally friendly has been the main focus for the Student Council this year.
“We’ve been looking at reducing the amount of packaging used in the Tuck Shop and trying to get students to have access to double-sided printing at every printer to reduce paper waste,” Riley explains.
“We all look around for things we can make a difference to at school and then decide on what we can approach. We have to think tactically as it’s not just a matter of reducing waste from the Tuck Shop, it’s also things like health and safety around what packaging can be used. It’s definitely our Senior School focus for the rest of the year.”
Other year groups are focusing on things that make a difference socially.
“The younger year groups are working on other issues that matter to them. The Junior School is looking at having friendship benches in the playground,” Rakshaya says.
Although the school year is nearly over, the pair hope the Student Council continues as a way for students to have a voice about things around QMC.
“We want these projects to be long term projects so that students can continue having a council and having a voice, even after we’ve gone,” Rakshaya says.