17 Bellingara Rd, Sylvania, NSW, 2224
The Sylvania High School SRC team is a peer elected group which represents the students of Sylvania High School. Our SRC provides authentic opportunities for students to develop and exercise their leadership skills within the school environment.
At Sylvania High School, the Student Representative Council team consists of student leaders from Years 7 to 12 who work cohesively to achieve community and school goals. We represent student perspectives and give all students a voice on important issues. By doing this we aim to provide a link between teachers and students and also provide a forum for students to express their opinions and concerns to better our school.
Sylvania High School is committed to the support of the White Ribbon Foundation through the establishment of a sub-committee of the SRC and other interested students who work directly with the Principal to develop a program of events to promote the prevention of violence against women and girls.
The White Ribbon committee will continue its work with new members drawn from the SRC, the senior leadership team and other committed students. The school hopes to continue to foster inter-school relationships and has plans to continue in partnership with local high schools into the future. The committee plans to continue fostering the value of respect in the school through this context and will recognise White Ribbon Day in November of each year through activities that draw on the successes of the past and new initiatives that are currently being developed.
You can find out more about White Ribbon at:
Eco Rangers is an inspiring course which develops practical leadership skills in students through service learning and engages students in a wide variety of student led projects. Projects include working with local retirees, mulching waste and worm farming, expanding the school garden to include bush tucker plants and fund raising for Cambodian orphans. These projects help students become active, responsible future citizens. Practical learning approaches include fieldtrips, guest speakers and the opportunity to develop ICT skills.
Each year Sylvania High School enters a team in the NSW Mock Trial Competition. The Mock Trial Competition is conducted by the Law Society of NSW and is a practical means of introducing students to the law and to increase understanding of the basis of our judicial system. Over 150 schools compete annually.
The competition also helps students to enhance core skills such as listening, speaking, writing, reading and advocating, as well as team work and working under pressure. The goal is not to win for the sake of winning, but to learn and understand the meaning of good citizenship through participation in our system of law and justice. All who participate in the Mock Trial Competition are winners in this sense.Sylvania High School now enters a Year 11 team in the competition each year, with a Year 10 “training” team waiting in the wings and learning from their senior peers.
Each team consists of 6 students who play the roles of barristers, solicitor, court officer and witnesses. In most cases the Law Society will assign a Coach to each team, who is a qualified barrister or solicitor. The Coach provides information about court procedures and advocacy techniques.
The Law Society also provides ‘the case’ for the mock trials. The cases mirror criminal and civil matters actually heard in the Local or District Court. A team may act as either the defence or prosecution during a trial, with each team member taking on the role of a barrister, solicitor, court officer or witness, pitting their skills against the opposing side – a team from another school.
Each trial is presided over by a Magistrate (a solicitor or barrister), who awards marks to each team based on a range of criteria, such as strength of opening addresses and closing submissions, understanding statutory provisions and the relevance of case law, and effective cross examination. The team with the highest mark wins the trial.
The debating competitions allow students from Years 7 and 8, Years 9 and 10 and Year 11 to develop their skills of persuasion, engagement, and explore current world issues as part of their arguments whilst competing against other schools.
Sylvania High School enters the following competitions: