Western Autistic School established a Junior School Council in 2015. At WAS we value our students opinion and want to ensure they are involved in their own learning, and can contribute meaningfully to school events and curriculum.
Student voice, agency and leadership is a focus of our work in 2021. Junior School Council is one of the ways that students can learn leadership and advocacy skills at school. The JSC have suggested and voted on a range of school events including movie days, dress-up days, discos, footy days, and colouring competitions. In addition to voting on events the Junior School Council have actively contributed to the development and distribution of posters and newsletters to parents, making announcements to the whole school and at school events, welcoming parents and visitors to the school, and nominating school resources for their peers.
In 2017 Junior School Council held a drawing competition with two students selected to have the drawing printed on a cushion to brighten up the Laverton campus Parent Hub.
Commitment to Child Safety
Protecting children and young people from abuse is our responsibility.
Western Autistic School is committed to the new Child Safe Standards;
Creating a safe environment.
School staff members all play a critical role in protecting children in our care.
The Identifying and Responding to All Forms of Abuse policy resources guide all staff to fulfill their moral and legal obligations to protect children.
The PROTECT content guides Western Autistic School to fulfill our obligations under Ministerial Order 870:
Standard 1: Strategies to embed an organizational culture of child safety
Standard 2: A child safety policy or a statement of commitment to child safety
Standard 3: Developing a Child Safety Code of Conduct
Standard 4: Screening, supervision, training and other human resource practices that reduce the risk of child abuse
Standard 5: Procedures for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
Standard 6: Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
Standard 7: Strategies to promote child participation and empowerment
Reference: School Community Policies.