Last Update: 20.09.2021

Board of Stu­dents‘ Rep­res­ent­at­ives – briefly explained

The Stu­dents’ Rep­res­ent­at­ives are a vital part of the school com­munity who, as a demo­crat­ic­ally elec­ted board of stu­dents (SchUG §58 Abs.1), rep­res­ent the rights of the stu­dents. Aus­tria stands out as the only coun­try world­wide to have made stu­dent rep­res­ent­a­tion stat­utory.

The Board of Stu­dents’ Rep­res­ent­at­ives com­prises (SchUG §59a Abs.1 – 4):

  1. School Rep­res­ent­at­ive of the entire school and their depu­ties, who are elec­ted by all higher grades’ stu­dents (Years 5 – 8)
  2. Rep­res­ent­at­ive of the Lower Grades – elec­ted by all class rep­res­ent­at­ives of the lower grades (Years 1 – 4)
  3. Rep­res­ent­at­ives of the cohorts- elec­ted by the stu­dents of the respect­ive cohorts (not stat­utory)
  4. Class representative/​head stu­dent – elec­ted by all the stu­dents of the respect­ive class

The elec­ted rep­res­ent­at­ives are the people to turn to for all stu­dents of our school while they also act as import­ant com­mu­nic­at­ors and medi­at­ors between stu­dents, par­ents and headteacher.
The School Rep­res­ent­at­ive and their two depu­ties are part of the School Com­munity Com­mit­tee (=Schulgemeinschaftsausschuss/​SGA, SchUG §64 Abs.3) and are expec­ted to rep­res­ent the interests of the stu­dents there.

While in office our School Rep­res­ent­at­ive is entitled to vote in the elec­tion for Fed­eral State of Lower Aus­tria School Rep­res­ent­at­ive (=Landesschulsprech­er­wahl, SchUG §8) and that way also rep­res­ents our school at state level.