At the end of last term, and for the first time, the Senior Primary cohort conducted a small formal ceremony for our newest Student and Tribal Leaders. In previous years, we have welcomed them in front of the whole Primary School, however we had great success with this latest edition. After being presented in front of their peers and a large turnout of our successful applicant’s families, we had a guest presentation from Mrs Sketcher, which made for a special time.
In the middle of last term, expressions of interests were sought from students as to whether they would like to be a part of the leadership team for 2021. Our largest number of students turned up for the meeting at lunch time, where they were given an outline on what to include in their presentation. A week after our most recent lockdown, 31 students bravely took to the lectern and gave a small but well planned and rehearsed speech. Each candidate gave a great account of themselves, what they stood for and the gifts and talents they felt that they could bring to the leadership team this year.
Our successful applicant’s responsibilities will centre around school events, both for the primary school as well as the wider school community. In previous years, they have been front and centre at events such as Open Day, Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day, helping run GTs (Get Togethers), as well as whole school assemblies. Student Leaders will also be a point of contact for other students out in the yard should our younger students need a helping hand. Our leaders will be running initiatives across the whole Primary School that they will plan, implement, and coordinate together.
Working alongside them are our Tribal Leaders. Each of our houses will have a male and female student leader who will be the face of their tribe, playing an important role before and during school sports events. They will work closely with Mr Brown to ensure that sports events, as well as wider aspects of the Physical Education program, can run smoothly. Furthermore, they will demonstrate out in the yard teamwork, sportsmanship and inclusiveness to our younger students.
For the first time, the Primary Student leaders, as well as some from our Secondary School, will be heading into the city to take part in the combined primary and secondary Halogen Young Leaders’ Day. We are really pleased to be able to provide our students with this opportunity to further nurture and develop their leadership skills, as well as see them further extend themselves as leaders and learners.
An illustrative scripture from the Transformational Education book, Chapter 9 on Meaningful Structure reads:
“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts … those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour … for God has combined the members … so that each part should have equal concern for each other.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-25 (abridged)