Through opportunities from helping in the classroom, completing group work, exposure to public speaking competitions and a focus on growing and maturing, students are developed as leaders throughout Kindergarten to Year 6.
Several official leadership opportunities are provided to students in the latter years of their time in Junior School. These include the Student Representative Council (Years 5-6 students) and the Student Leadership Team (Year 6 students). These students are self, or teacher-nominated, then elected and voted for by the student body.
On the Student Leadership Team, there is a focus on growing as a leader through empathy, being role models, and serving in the Junior and Gawura School spaces.
There are 19 students in this team: School and Vice Captains (two boys and two girls), Gawura School Captain, 8 House Captains, and two of the following Creative Captains: Art, Drama and Music. Through attendance, at events such as Halogen Conference and fortnightly meetings where student leaders engage in thoughtful discussions about leadership, as well as how to engage and serve the community, these Year 6 students learn from one another as well as from the Student Leadership Coordinator and Wellbeing staff.
As each Captain serves in their different roles, for example: as School Captains’ deliver speeches at whole school Assemblies, House Captains lead fellow housemates in Sport carnivals, and Creative Arts Captains emcee events and help in the Art space, they learn from each experience and continue to develop as leaders. All student leaders are encouraged to be leaders in their own classrooms and in the wider school and take responsibility for daily and weekly roles in morning Assemblies as well as modelling and encouraging compliance to school expectations across the School.
Leadership opportunities themselves are formative experiences for both the SRC and Student Leadership Team. The Year 5 and 6 leaders assist in leading wellbeing activities conducted in morning assemblies and at whole school shared times, focusing on friendship, celebrating diversity, showing courage and thankfulness. By working with a partner to lead activities in front of other students, and then reflecting on the process and experience, our student leaders grow into their leadership potential and resilience.
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