Primary school students share ideas with Minister Wed 15 August 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Education and Skills A group of Southern Tasmanian primary school students today put forward their views on school safety directly to the Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim. The 10 students from grades three to six at Waimea Heights Primary School met Mr McKim at the second of three Statewide student forums. Mr McKim said it was vital for students to be actively involved in their schools. "The forum is about giving students the chance to speak up about issues that they are interested in and concerned about," Mr McKim said. "Everyone benefits when topics of importance are discussed openly. "By encouraging these young students to look at issues critically we are preparing them to examine and address issues of importance they face into the future. "It is also important that we listen to their voices, as they are our future. "I am delighted that the students put forward their views on making schools safer and talked about how they respond to unsafe behaviour. "As a Minister, I particularly encourage students to get involved in making their schools and communities a better place." Mr McKim, said that the Student Voice Forum was developed by Deloraine High teacher Alison Purdon and the University of Tasmania.