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2.10.6 "From the horse's mouth" : Student voice in secondary school - a student perspective

Authentic student voice and leadership is being developed within the academically selective secondary cohort at Nossal High School in Melbourne. The school’s creation in 2010 provided a unique opportunity to build a strong culture and ethos around authentic student voice and input into the development and evolution of the school. Two powerful student leaders will present an inspiring student perspective about this which may surprise and challenge “adult” perceptions. More importantly they will convince their audience of the advantages, value, and imperative to enable stronger student voice and input within our schools and the wider community.


Thomas Velican
Nossal High School

Thomas is the immediate past president of the Nossal High SRC. He completed Year 12 in 2016 and balanced his studies with heavy involvement in developing student voice and student leadership within the school and the wider community. He has received numerous awards for his work as an advocate for student voice, most recently winning the “Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority” (VCAA) 2016 VCE Leadership Award. He is a member of the VicSRC Executive, the City of Casey Youth Action Committee and has been called on to consult with the Education Minister. He is a passionate, thoughtful and articulate speaker.

Abel Muller
Nossal High School

Abel is a Year 12 student at Nossal High School - one of four Victorian Government academically selective high schools. He is the elected School Captain for 2017, after having heavy involvement in the development of the award winning Nossal High School Student Representative Council. He balances academic studies at a high level, with a broad range of co-curricular activities and has been a part of the student leadership team who advocate strongly and effectively for authentic student voice both within the school and the broader community.


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