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Introducing Joseph Banks Secondary College

Our latest episode of the Student Voices Podcast focuses on Joseph Banks Secondary College in Western Australia. Wren, Pivot’s Student Voice Advocate, had the privilege of speaking to two of their students, Aditraj Singh in year 10, and Sara El Hekmah in year 11. 

The conversation covered what student voice means at Joseph Banks, the future of education and how these students feel about their future employment opportunities.

 

The impact of student voice

Both Aditraj and Sara are active members within their school community. They speak to the importance of student empowerment and the positive impact this has had on their lives inside and outside of the schooling environment. One of the inspiring student-led initiatives we discussed is Joseph Bank’s P-Tech Program. Aditraj is a leader of this initiative, and says the focus of the program is filling the “gaps in the education system”. More specifically, looking at how Joseph Banks can best help students to develop the skills needed for jobs of the future in local growth industries and emerging sectors of the economy like cybersecurity. Joseph Banks students, like Aditraj, work closely with local businesses to bridge the STEM skills gap. 

 

How has the future changed for our students?

We also discussed the future of work, and whether the question of “what do you want to be when you grow up”, is outdated. Both Aditraj and Sara emphasised that the workforce is rapidly changing with the pace of our technology. Both students highlighted the need to shift our focus to “passions” and “inspirations”. In place of the previous question, “what do you want to be when you grow up”, Sara and Aditraj a suggested that adults instead ask students “who they are inspired by”, or “what they are most passionate about.”

 

Recommendations to our educators

Our conversation then moved on to the next steps for educators after 2020, highlighting the importance of flexibility and communication. We discussed how the COVID-19 era of remote learning emphasised the significance of dynamic student-teacher partnerships. Sara identified that it was these relationships that significantly affected the quality of her learning. “I find my relationship with my teacher has a huge impact on my education,” she said. “Having a teacher that understands is so important because I learn my own way.”

 

This insightful discussion with Joseph Banks Secondary College demonstrated a robust example of student voice in action. Listen to the full episode to hear the discussion. If you too have a great example of student voice within your school, speak to us today to share your journey.