"We recognise that every child, given the right set of circumstances and environment, has the potential to be an effective leader and role model for their peers and younger students at the College"
Recently, the College has continued to review and develop how Student Leadership is implemented into the Secondary School at St Andrew’s.
This has been done with the aim of finding the best model and approach for our students. In 2018 the College has stepped away from the traditional model where a limited number of students are appointed into “formal” leadership positions. While there is no question that this model has allowed for student-led projects and events to take place at the College, we have recognised that this awards a select group of students before they have truly had the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their leadership abilities or their willingness to give back to the College Community. If we consider leadership as being confined to only those in positions with a badge, then we are actively discouraging the leadership potential and capability of many other very capable students.
We recognise that every child, given the right set of circumstances and environment, has the potential to be an effective leader and role model for their peers and younger students at the College. Opportunities for leadership will be available for all students who are interested in exploring their leadership potential. As such, a distributed leadership model has been introduced in which all interested students will experience a position of responsibility. This approach will provide authentic opportunities and training for the students to develop their individual leadership skills. Of course it is important that this leadership model is coordinated and directed by staff and two student representatives. These representatives are the College Captains who are appointed by the Principal in consultation with staff.
As a College we also recognise that leadership can be directly linked to Service Learning. Service Learning is a key component of our College’s strategic intent where we provide opportunities for students to serve and learn to develop an understanding of the responsibilities that come with being part of a local and global community. Each year it is wonderful to see so many of our students involved in helping those in need, either through their daily actions or their involvement in our structured Global and Service Learning Programs such as St Andrew’s Serves, Year 9 Connections or GO Thailand/Cambodia Trips. In addition to this there will also be opportunities for students to be involved as Sporting Captains, Arts Leaders, Hub leaders, Music Leaders and House Captains who have specific roles and responsibilities.