Austin Burton experienced life in the principal’s chair.
Austin Burton experienced life in the principal’s chair.

Students take reins at School of Total Education

WHILE Austin Burton had a fair idea of what school principals did all day, now he can talk from experience.

School of Total Education took on a bit of a role reversal yesterday as Year 9 students jumped to the helm and ran the school for a day.

Austin spent half the day in Shane Power's chair, performing principal duties and learning the ropes of the role.

"I just wanted to see what it was like and see how I can help around the school in this position," Austin said.

From writing principal blogs for the newsletter, to organising a working bee among parents, Austin had his work cut out for him.

And he wasn't the only one. Thirteen students swapped roles throughout the day, teaching prep to Year 7, following the maintenance man around and taking the reins in the admin department.

Mr Power said students loved the opportunity to see how the school ran from the other end.

"It's great when the students get to see the bigger picture and learn what it's like to be a teacher and principal," Mr Power said.

"They definitely come back with a greater appreciation of what we do in those roles as well.

"Some students last year thought I just sat in my office, reading the paper and drinking tea all day, but then they got to see what it was really like."



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