Deloraine High students share ideas with Minister Thu 19 July 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Education and Skills Deloraine High students today got the chance to share ideas about what makes schools safe with the Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, at the first of three Statewide student forums. Mr McKim, said that the Student Voice Forum was based on research developed by Deloraine High teacher Alison Purdon and the University of Tasmania. "I'm a big supporter of this successful model of student engagement and I believe it provides an unprecedented chance to really capture and nurture student opinion," Mr McKim said. "The forums provide students with the opportunity to share their views on subjects that are important to them. "Having their say on issues is part of the Health and Wellbeing element of the curriculum, and aims to build students' capacity to live fulfilling lives, shape their future and make informed life choices. "Today, Deloraine High students and I discussed the concept of 'safe schools' and what strategies they use to deal with unsafe behaviour. "I personally found today's forum a very interesting and insightful chance to hear first-hand what students' opinions are on an issue that is very important to them. "As the Minister for Education and Skills, I really value thoughtful input and opinion from all stakeholders, and this of course includes students. "This is a wonderful program and I'd like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of Ms Purdon in championing student voice." Similar forums are planned for other schools in the future.