2013 State Junior School Council Congress

The third annual JSC Congress will be held in Parliament House, Victoria on Monday 18 November 2013.
The topic is:

We are citizens too!

What we do can make a difference.

Victorian schools can apply for up to three students to attend the 2013 State Junior School Council Congress. Principals and teachers should read the information for principals and teachers before applying.

Applications for the 2013 State Junior School Council Congress are now closed.

Essential fact sheets for those attending the Congress:

2013 JSC Survey

Participating schools are required to complete a survey of the school community. A copy of the survey can be found here.

What is the Junior School Council Congress?

A JSC Congress is a mock parliament designed for senior primary students who are interested in student leadership or are involved in Student Representative Councils, Student Action Teams, school committees or peer support programs.
The Congress is a way in which Grade 5 and 6 primary school students can actively experience and practise democracy. Students come from many different schools throughout Victoria. Students debate and vote on key issues about which they are passionate. By using the formality of parliament, students develop skills such as persuasive and public speaking, confidence and a greater understanding of Australian citizenship.

The congress model has been developed by Second Strike, a company that has provided training and support for student participation projects and student representative councils for more than 10 years.

Previous Congresses

In November 2011, we held our inaugural JSCC at Parliament House, Melbourne with over one hundred delegates from 17 primary schools. The second JSC Congress was held in November 2012. Students debated 'Going Global: the opportunities and challenges of our online world'.

Four regions (Hume and the Eastern, Northern and Western Metropolitan Regions) individually hosted a congress in 2011. These congresses were designed to support regional priorities and citizenship initiatives in the context of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards and the Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians 2008. More than 400 students were involved in these activities.