Margaret River Senior High School student Kiara Lee-Pullen scores top WA council gig

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Margaret River's Kiara Lee-Pullen has won a seat on the WA Student Council.
Camera IconMargaret River's Kiara Lee-Pullen has won a seat on the WA Student Council. Credit: Supplied

Local teen Kiara Lee-Pullen has been selected to represent students Statewide on the WA Government’s official Student Council.

The Margaret River Senior High School student adds to their active portfolio of interests with a pledge to represent gender diverse and neurodiverse teenagers during the next two years.

“My key focus will be advocating for creating safe spaces for youth in WA, making schools inclusive and welcoming for all students, especially those who are gender diverse, queer or neurodiverse,” Kiara said.

“As an active member of Q-Squad at MRSHS — a group representing queer students and allies — I want to help create a safe and accepting environment in the school.

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“I will now have a voice at the State level to advise policymakers on making all schools in the State a safe environment for learning.”

Kiara also said they wanted to help advocate for neurodiverse students to improve their school experiences.

“I’m most looking forward to meeting and collaborating with the other councillors and making positive change for students all over WA,” the student said.

Kiara was already an active member of Margaret River Surf Lifesaving Club and the Margaret River Theatre Group as well as the junior roller derby and the MRSHS student council.

Kiara’s family lauded the support and care of senior teacher Patrick Marzohl who in turn congratulated his young charge for their achievement.

“Kiara’s path to the council reflects a strong commitment to leadership and community involvement,” Mr Marzohl said.

“Active in the school’s student council since Year 7, their role in various initiatives like the UN Youth Evatt debating contest and the School Conflict Resolution and Mediation program has been noteworthy.

“Additionally, their previous involvement with the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s Advisory Committee has prepared them for this prestigious role.”

The teacher described Kiara as an “amazing ambassador” for the school and the wider Margaret River community.

In declaring the new student council membership, Education Minister Tony Buti noted Cape Naturaliste College student Billy Watkins would also represent the South West.

“These committed young advocates will become the new torchbearers in public education,” the Minister said.

“Their diverse skills and perspectives will make a vital contribution, as it is important students influence education policy to make sure it caters for and responds to their needs.

“The WA Student Council offers a vital platform for students to provide their perspective on a broad range of matters impacting public education,” Mr Buti said.

“These inspiring young people have not only excelled academically, but fostered a sense of unity, inclusivity and school spirit, which is why they have been chosen for this privilege.”

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