BEGA High School student representative councillors were inducted at a ceremony on Public Education Day last Thursday.

The deputy principal, Mr Terry Goodwin, highlighted the importance of public education as a cornerstone of democracy.

“Students in public schools have the opportunity to meet and relate to others from many different backgrounds and they benefit from the knowledge and skills of dedicated teachers who are proud to be making a difference,” he said.

Guest speaker was Mr Frank Hunt told the student councillors and students to be proud of what they had achieved, “but learn from your disappointments”.

He said the councillors were both volunteers and mentors.

When he was young the mentors in his town would be the bank manager, the minister and the doctor, but things had changed and these people were no longer mentors to most young people.

Mr Hunt said he had been in Bega for 30 years and had watched the phenomenal success of Bega High School, a school with good and caring people.

He told the students “not to be frightened to inform the community of your successes. Stand up and be counted.”

Councillors Ashley Ubrihien, Emma Keft and Eloise Firth gave the student council address.

They said “‘Making Things Happen’ was the message they wanted the student population to hear loudly and clearly.

“The Motivational Media Program we all recently viewed was aimed at inspiring us to reach for our dreams and more importantly value the support of friends and family.

“The SRC is made up of representatives from all years of the school population.

“We see ourselves as a family and hope that you see us as your support group and feel free to approach us about any matter.”

During Term One, the SRC held a social to welcome Year 7 students; Valentine’s Day fundraiser; supported anti-discrimination and the Shout/Hout programs; presented weekly student assemblies and attended a local youth meeting.

In the remaining weeks of the term the SRC will be involved in Bandaged Bear Day; the Careflight Teddy fundraiser; an Easter raffle and Jeans for Genes Day.

Ongoing activities include representation on the Bega Area Committee; Bega Valley Shire Road Safety Group; Bega Valley Shire Council Water and Sewerage Committee; Kings Theatre Committee; and Bega Valley Youth Council.

The SRC intends to raise funds towards the purchase of a second flagpole for the front of the school on which the Aboriginal flag will be flown.

Year Seven students were asked to think carefully about nominations for the SRC elections to be held in Term Four and to join a group which makes things happen.

During the ceremony Mr Peter Howe sang a song he had written “In a Public School” and Year Nine, Year 10 and Year 12 instrumental-vocal groups performed.

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