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