Awards highlight kids are alright

By RACHEL AFFLICK

IMAGINE a school where the kids get to make the rules.

For North Lismore's Richmond River High it's a recipe for harmony, rather than chaos. For the past three years the school's Student Equity Committee has been giving kids a voice in the school, rather than letting the teachers make all the decisions.

Some of their activities have included conducting a student survey on the school's discipline policy (which was later amended) and travelling to Sydney to lobby for improved school facilities.

Fittingly, the committee picked up the award for best Community Group Supporting Youth at last night's Kids in Community Awards at the Lismore Workers Club.

Student Equity member and Year 11 student Darcy Garlick-Kelly, 16, said the students would celebrate with "high fives all round".

"It's just good to go along and represent the school," he said.

The group's mentor, Community Liaison Officer Julian King-Salter, said the idea had been to empower the students and he personally had seen the positive changes in them.

"I've really enjoyed seeing them blossom," he said. Julian was also nominated for a mentoring award on the night. The Kids in Community Awards recognise and reward local young people for their positive efforts in addressing issues affecting themselves and others in the community.

Actor and stand-up comedian Anh Do was guest speaker on the night.

For photos of all the winners see tomorrow's Northern Star.



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