Mid West high school students selected to represent peers in WA’s first student council

Lachlan AllenMidwest Times
Morawa District High School's Peta Humphreys receives her letter from principal Tonia Carslake.
Camera IconMorawa District High School's Peta Humphreys receives her letter from principal Tonia Carslake. Credit: Supplied

The Mid West will have four representatives on WA’s first student council after high school students Jazz Meynell and Peta Humphreys were elected to the position.

Jazz is a student at Kalbarri District High School and Peta is from Morawa District High School.

Announced by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery last week, the inaugural 2022-23 council will feature 38 other students from across the State, including Geraldton Senior High School’s Faith Cook and Champion Bay Senior High School’s Emmanuel Richardson.

The public school students from Years 10 and 11 have been chosen to represent more than 300,000 peers across WA to offer a student’s perspective on policy and reform.

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Some of their tasks will include attending ministerial meetings, liaising with schools and students in their regions, attending student leadership activities and providing feedback to the Department of Education on various initiatives.

Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Peter Foster said Jazz would be a fantastic representative for the students of North West Central.

“The McGowan Labor Government is committed to listening to young people to help shape the policies that impact them,” he said.

Agricultural Region MLC Sandra Carr congratulated Peta on her achievement.

“I know from conversations with Morawa District High School principal, Tonia Carslake, that Peta will be an excellent representative for the students of the Agricultural Region and provide important insight to the minister about decisions impacting our regional school communities,” she said.

Ms Carr highlighted that 21 of the total 38 WA student councillors selected are regional students.

“It is great to see Education Minister Sue Ellery acknowledging the unique and important perspective our regional students bring,” she said.

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