NO EASY TASK: Year 6 students Michelle Taucher and Hugh Bundock take up their case behind the principal's desk at Wollongbar Public School.
NO EASY TASK: Year 6 students Michelle Taucher and Hugh Bundock take up their case behind the principal's desk at Wollongbar Public School. Jackyln Wagner

'Acting' principals see new principles

YOU would think any student given the chance to be school principal for a week would take the opportunity to ban uniforms or make lollies in class compulsory.

But not Wollongbar Public School Year 6 students Hugh Bundock and Michelle Taucher.

The pair are currently rising to the challenges and responsibilities of being student principals as part of their school's leadership program.

"This job is more about work rather than making decisions about the school," Michelle said.

"It's interesting because you get to do things you would not normally have the chance to do."

School principal Jennifer Thomas said the idea to give Year 6 students a chance at running the school was now a rite of passage the students could work towards.

"I wanted to create something the students could aspire to," she said. "Students are encouraged to take on responsibility and each class has a representative on the School Council.

"We have school captains, library monitors and Year 6 students are buddies for kindergarten students."

Year 6 students were encouraged to apply for the position as they would be expected to when applying for a job.

Hugh said he was excited to be named student principal.

"I wasn't scared until I found out I had to make speeches and do this interview," he said.

"As principal lots of things just happen. It has surprised me a bit."

Michelle said she had seen the school from a different side.

"Like how many things have to be done just to make the school work," she said.

"Like newsletters, writing letters and emails."

Ms Thomas said Hugh and Michelle were included in most administrative processes in the school.

"Unless it's of a confidential and private nature they are absolutely involved," she said.

"I am very impressed with the way they are handling the responsibility."

The culmination of their time as student principals will be tomorrow when they deliver the principal's report at a special school assembly and hand out school achievement awards.

"It's been fun for me," Ms Thomas said.

Hugh's recommendation to upcoming students is to have a go at applying for the position.

"If you don't do it you won't get the chance again. Just do it," he said.


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