The Nest Summit

On Friday the 23rd of November, Sharmaarke Mohamed and Wanishet Hagos represented the school as student delegates at the 2012 ARACY Nest Summit, as a follow up to the 2012 Australian Children’s Play Summit. The aspirations of the ARACY Nest Summit were to improve social and emotional well-being, invest in the future, improve early childhood and improve education outcomes. Students took on a variety of roles at the summit, including protester, interviewer, town planner and construction worker. They were also involved in team work, leadership and public speaking. Sharmaarke and Wanishet represented the school beautifully and Debney Meadows Primary School is very proud of their two student delegates.

On Friday Emma, Wanishet and I went to the Play Summit. We went there to check out different ideas to save play. When we got there we had posters, then we went inside a room full of grown-ups and shouted, “What do we want? To save play! When do we want it? Now!” Then it was time to eat and interview grown-ups. Then we made an awesome cardboard city.

On Friday we went to the Play Summit. We met lots of other kids. We worked in a group and created a cardboard city, after talking about what it would look like. One of the adults was proud of us. After all of the work we had lunch by the river. It was almost like a picnic. It was very fun!!!

It is important that we value the opinions and voices of our children and young people. At DMPS we design our environment to be respectful of other people’s opinions and differences. We have a Student Representative Council that meets once a fortnight to discuss issues and ideas to better the school, a School Council that meets 8 times a year and a new to be formed Parents and Friends Association to complement our community input. Our students are encouraged to think deeply about their learning, their connections with the community and how they can make a positive difference to our world.

Well done to all the students, staff, parents and friends who strive to make our school the best it can be.