Good Shepherd Christian School – Student Leadership

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  • 1. Leadership Rationale

    Leadership Rationale

    Good Shepherd Christian School places great emphasis on the development of Christian character leadership skills and personal responsibility in its students. A Christian school must work to develop not only good citizens who will be an integral part of that very community of which the school is a part but also young men and women who have a personal relationship with the living God.

    Student leadership skills and capabilities are enhanced through exposure to increased expectations and levels of responsibility in a supportive learning environment. It is important that all students’ leadership efforts and endeavours are processed and reviewed within this educational framework.

    Twelve skills of leadership that should be developed in Christian leaders (according to Hay & Dempster, 2004) are:

    1. Project planning
    2. Reflection
    3. Problem solving
    4. Team building
    5. Decision making
    6. Goal setting
    7. Time management
    8. Project management and resource allocation
    9. Effective communication and networking
    10. Conflict resolution
    11. Diversity awareness
    12. Self-confidence

    “Positive student leadership opportunities and experiences at school facilitate young adults’ transition into the community and into the world of work and adult responsibility. This is because leadership is considered to be a part of life-long learning…”
    (Hay I. & Dempster N., 2004)


    Indeed it is widely believed that enhanced leadership skills in students are inextricably linked to improved students’ academic outcomes, since the twelve skills listed above are embedded within the academic enabling skills of engagement, study skills, motivation and interpersonal relationships.

    School programs at Good Shepherd Christian School, both in class and extra-curricular, are designed to disciple young people in the knowledge and understanding of Jesus Christ, and to develop the above leadership skills and experience, as it is believed that this will not only improve students’ academic outcomes, but it will also develop better citizens for our community.

  • 2. Aims

    Aims

    • To develop improved personal responsibility in all students at the school;
    • To provide opportunities for leadership skill development in students of all ages and all abilities;
    • To develop a student leadership team of the highest possible quality to assist in the continuation of positive school culture and to provide exemplary modelling of student behaviour and personal responsibility to model and teach specific leadership skills as appropriate for each position or responsibility.
  • 3. Strategies

    Strategies

    All students at Good Shepherd Christian School, regardless of the formal leadership responsibilities
    they hold, are expected to adhere to the four core school rules:

    • Submit yourself to those in authority
    • Work and play safely
    • Respect ourselves, others and our school
    • Value everyone’s right to teach and learn

    Teachers offer students of all ages opportunities to be responsible for tasks within the daily operation of each classroom. Students are encouraged to accept leadership roles within small work groups and as representatives for the class within the school. The expectations of Year 11 and Year 6 and, in particular, the elected student leadership: School Captains and Vice Captains, House Captains and Vice Captains and the Student Representative Council (SRC) are higher than those held for the general student body. These students are expected to conduct themselves with dignity in order to be an example to the other students and an asset to the school.

    Extra-curricular programs offered by Good Shepherd Christian School afford students opportunities to develop skills in project planning, reflection, problem solving, team building, decision making, goal setting, time management, project management and resource allocation, effective communication and networking, conflict resolution, diversity awareness and self-confidence.

  • 4. Specific Duties

    Specific Duties

    School Captains and School Vice Captains will:
    • At all times set an example for other students in the school in adhering to the three core rules of Good Shepherd Christian School (i.e. being a ‘Safe, Respectful Learner;)
    • Assist and conduct important assemblies and ceremonies such as Presentation Day and ANZAC Day
    • Be involved on special occasions such as the greeting and thanking of visitors and performers
    • Assist in the sorting out of minor playground problems between students
    • Be of general assistance to all members of staff, students, parents and visitors
    House Captains and House Vice Captains will:
    • At all times set an example for other students in the school in adhering to the three core rules of
      Good Shepherd Christian School (i.e. being a ‘Safe, Respectful Learner’)
    • Encourage House Spirit at all sporting events
    • Organise House Meetings to plan for Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics Carnivals
    • Encourage house members to perform to the best of their ability at sporting events
    • Be of general assistance to all members of staff, students, parents and visitors, particularly at all sporting events.
    SRC Class Representatives will:
    • At all times set an example for other students in the school in adhering to the three core rules of
      Good Shepherd Christian School (i.e. being a ‘Safe, Respectful Learner’)
    • Attend all SRC meetings
    • Communicate information from SRC meetings to their class
    • Present the ideas of the class at the SRC meeting
    • Make announcements at morning lines if required
    • Conduct school assemblies
    • Assist the SRC Coordinator in the planning and implementation of SRC projects
    • Assist other students when required
    • Be of general assistance to all members of staff, students, parents and visitors
  • 5. Election of Students to Leadership Positions

    Election of Students to Leadership Positions

    School Captains and Vice Captains
    Nominations – Round 1

    Students in Years 6 and Year 11-12 may nominate themselves or their peers for the office of School Captain or School Vice Captain. Nominations must be seconded by another Year 6 or Year 11 student, signed by both and supported by a written description of at least one positive personal quality of the nominee. Students may nominate only two people.

    Round 1 nominees are then invited to submit an application form to the Principal outlining the personal skills, qualities and experience that each student feels they can offer the school if they are chosen to be School Captain of Primary or Secondary. Normally Round 1 Nominees are also voted for by their entire grade Year 6 and Year 11-12 ranked.

    Nominations – Round 2

    The Principal, in consultation with the Executive, will review all student applications for nomination for the position of School Captain and will present these to the staff at a staff meeting. All student nominations must be agreed upon by consensus at the staff meeting. Year 6 and Year 11-12 voting ranks are taken into consideration by the meeting. A maximum of four male and four female nominees will be selected. The Principal reserves the right to veto the nomination of any student who is deemed not to have upheld the school rules. Final nominees will be spoken to by the Principal to outline the responsibilities of the positions and to explain the election process. Nomination letters are sent home on the same day to explain the process to parents.

    Voting
    Students in Year 2 to Year 5 will vote. All staff will have one (1) vote on a separate coloured paper. The ballot paper will list boys on one side and girls on the other. The names will be numbered and alphabetically ordered. Following the delivery of the speeches each student will briefly stand in front of the assembly holding up their number as their name is read out again.

    Students will return to classrooms to vote under the supervision of their classroom teacher. Voters are required to place the number 1 next to the name of the person for whom they wish to elect as Captain and the number 2 next to the person whom they wish to elect as Vice Captain. This process is repeated for both boys and girls.

    Counting

    Votes will be counted by the coordinating teacher. Votes are treated as ‘preferential’ and initially only votes of ‘1’ are counted. The lowest scoring student is eliminated and their voters’ second preferences are allocated where possible, or discarded if not possible.

    This process is repeated until two nominees remain. The boy and girl with the most votes will be elected School Captains for the following year. The ranking order of all nominees is recorded to provide a ‘reserves list’ should a student leave the school or a loss of position occur. This ranked order must remain confidential.

    Announcement

    As early as possible prior to the Presentation Day assembly, the parents of successful nominees will be informed of their child’s success, although the specific role will be kept secret. The parents of unsuccessful nominees will also be informed. All nominees are to be aware of the need for secrecy until the formal announcement at Presentation Day. The names of the students who will be School Captains and Vice Captains are announced at the Annual Presentation Day. At this ceremony the students will receive their badges from the current student leadership team. Parents are encouraged to pin the new badge onto their child’s uniform as part of the ceremony. The new Captains will both give a brief acceptance speech.

    Induction

    The Student Leadership Team must acknowledge their willingness to accept the positions with the Student Leadership Team Pledge. A special assembly will be held at the beginning of each year to induct the School Captains and Vice Captains, Sport House Captains and Vice Captains and class Student Representatives for the Student Representative Council. A special guest will be invited to assist with the induction if possible e.g. Local Councillor, School Education Director, Local MP.

    House Captains and House Vice Captains

    All houses will hold a house meeting to elect the House Captains and House Vice Captains for the following year. These positions can only be held by Year 6 students (unless there are no Year 6 students in that house, in which case Year 5 students may apply). Houses should operate with only one elected Captain rather than offer the position to Year 5 students.

    House meetings are conducted as soon after Presentation Day as possible – either at the end of the school year or at the commencement of the new school year. Students in Year K – 6 attend the house meetings. Teachers assigned to the houses will assist in the conduction of a ‘show of hands’ ballot. If a student has been elected School Captain they may not be a House Captain or House Vice Captain. House Captains and House Vice Captains receive their badges at the induction assembly at the start of each school year.