Interview with our Vice Captain

Name – Amity Kunst
Title – Vice Captain Eastern Campus
Program – Rowville Institute of the Arts

1. As school captain or vice-captain, what are you most excited about this year?

I am incredibly excited to work with the school captain team to create and execute projects that improve the school-life of every student. While there are many good things about our school, there will always be need for improvement, so having the opportunity to close the gap between where are school stands, and its full potential is something I am greatly looking forward to.

2. What do you love about Rowville Secondary College?

I really enjoy being in RIA. It is such a great environment to be around people who have the same interests and direction in life. I have had so many opportunities to perform and learn different skills to do with my specialism (music), such as recording original music at a professional recording studio, and doing live gigs at various locations. I also appreciate the amount of supportive and encouraging teachers at the school, who always push me to do my best and treating students as equals rather than subordinates.

3. What changes or implementations would you like to put in place to make RSC better for all students?

I hope to really push for more resources and provisions that enable students to be their best, and want to do so. First of all, having up-to-date and quality equipment for all facets of education enhances the physical environment of the school, making learning more appealing. With this comes the need for rules and discipline to be put into place to avoid the misuse/vandalism of these resources, with the amount of things broken and covered in graffiti at the present time I feel there really need to be a strengthening of punishment/prevention for students who do this. I also am very passionate about bringing in a year level specific practical skills class, where at ConnectEd students get split into year level classes instead of home group to learn valuable life skills that are deeply relevant to their age group. I’ve noticed that a lack of this provision is a complaint I often hear from students, so I really believe it would be greatly appreciated especially in the senior year levels where students are getting prepared for the workforce or adult world in general.

4. How do you feel about this year’s school theme ‘This is us’ – what do you think you will do day-to-day to action this?

I feel like the theme encapsulates the spirit of each program at the college. Each academy gives students a shared identity to which they feel they belong, and can rely on while at school. Approaching each day at school with positivity and openness towards the people around me is something I personally am working on, especially with year 12 being such an intense and stressful year; it is so important that we all build each other up to keep going, and I want to be an active part in encouraging that attitude.