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Student Council


Students in years 3 – 6 are elected by their class group to participate in the student council as part of the school leadership program. A senior school teacher co-ordinates the student council to:
 
 
  • Represent the students
  • Participate in decision making processes
  • Communicate to classes
  • Bring issues raised by students to meetings
  • Fundraise for charities and school facilities
  • Assist with the working of the school   
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Student Leadership Program

The aim of the Leadership Program is to provide students with the skills to become leaders in the school and will develop opportunities for students to take on captaincy positions within the school.
 
Objectives
 
For the senior students
 
 
  • To develop respect and responsibility for self, others and place
  • To develop friendships, relationships and trust with others
  • To develop self-confidence and self-esteem
  • To develop responsible decision making skills
  • To develop leadership and communication skills
  • To improve communication between students and staff
  • To develop the skills of conflict resolution
  • To help the senior students to feel empowered by giving them a useful role in the school
 
For the School
 
  • To provide a safe and friendly environment where young students can feel safe
  • To enable new students to integrate more easily and feel more comfortable in the school environment
  • To assist students with the transition from primary school
  • To provide long term benefits for all students as training and skills are passed onto younger students
  • To encourage students to have a close involvement with the school community
  • To identify eligible candidates for captaincy positions in Year Six
 
 
 Skills
 
The Leadership program encourages students to develop the following skills:
 
·       Personal and interpersonal skills for effective communication
·       Valuing social justice principles
·       Decision making and problem solving
·       Building self confidence and empathy
·       Assertiveness
·       Relationship development and maintenance
·       Group leadership skills
·       Responsibility for self, others and place
 
 
Values, Attitudes and Feelings
 
The Year Six Leadership Program encourages students to develop the following skills:
 
  • Developing a high level of respect for themselves
  • Developing a high level of respect for others.
  • Developing a high level of respect for the school environment.

 

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YEAR SIX LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
 
Leadership Card and Leadership Badge (Phase 1)
Phase 1 of the leadership program is for those children who have leadership aspirations. Any student in year 5 who wants to apply for any category of captain within the school must participate in phase 1 of the program.
 
In mid-term 3 and early term 4 all year 5 children are able to complete a Leadership card. This card is to be signed by teachers and school administration who can justify that the student displays characteristics needed to represent the school in a leadership role. (Appendix one)
 
  1. Upon completion of the leadership card the student will be presented with a Leadership badge and thus will be eligible to undertake Captaincy positions in the future.
 
  1. Students who do not participate in phase 1 of the program may not be appointed a captain position.
 
Leadership Positions (Phase 2)
The school will acknowledge Leaders in a number of Curriculum Fields:
  • School Captains – 4 Positions, gender specific - 2 Girls and 2 Boys
  • Arts Captains – 2 Positions; non gender specific.
  • Library Captains – 2 positions; non gender specific.
  • Performance Captains – 3 positions; non gender specific - 1 Band, 1 Choir, 1 Strings.
  • House Captains; non gender specific - 4 leaders per house.
Total Leadership positions = 27
 
Selection of Leadership Students.
Each Curriculum area is to run selection processes that suit the needs of that particular area to select suitable students.
 
  • School Captain applicants will be required to complete a nomination form (appendix 2) and then complete a set interview process in front of a panel that will consist of a School Staff member, a school administration member and a school community member.  This process will determine a short list of students who will be given a week of “campaign” time before presenting themselves to the school community (Staff and year 5 and 6 students) for a vote. (Appendix 3)
 
  • Arts Captains: Applicants are issued with a question sheet and given a set amount of time to answer the questions.  This sheet is then allowed to be brought into an interview with representatives of the Arts faculty where each child will have the opportunity to present their suitability for the position. (Appendix4)
 
  • Performance Captains: Applicants are issued with a questions sheet and given a set amount of time to answer the questions.  This sheet is then allowed to be brought into an interview with representatives of the music faculty where each child will have the opportunity to present their suitability for the position. (Appendix, 5, 6 and 7)
 
  • House Captains: Year 5 and 6 students will be assembled and divided into house groupings where nominated students will be able to present a short speech to their house for a vote to take place.
 
  • Library Captains: Applicants are issued with a questions sheet and given a set amount of time to answer the questions.  This sheet is then allowed to be brought into an interview with representatives of the music faculty where each child will have the opportunity to present their suitability for the position. (Appendix 8)
 
ROLES OF LEADERS
 
School Captains
  • Representing the Algester student community at school and community events and functions
  • Participating in Student Council
  • Assisting in the organisation and running of school assemblies
  • Officiating at assemblies
  • Representing the school at the annual leadership conference
  • Taking responsibility for such things as putting out and taking in school flags
  • Reporting to the Deputy Principal
 
Arts Captains
  • Helping to organise and run school Arts events
  • Organising performances and cultural activities for students
  • Assisting with Student Art club
  • Representing the school at official functions
  • Reporting to the Arts Program Manager
 
Library Captains
  • Helping with duties in the Library
  • Giving weekly reports and messages on Parade
  • Helping with book circulation
  • Reporting to the Teacher Librarian
 
Performance Captains
  • Representing music students and the music program
  • Helping with the set up and pack up of rehearsal equipment
  • Helping with the set up and pack up for performances
  • Helping to organise and run school Arts and Performance events
  • Delivering teacher letters to other performance group members
  • Reporting to the Instrumental Music co-ordinator
  • Compering music concerts
 
House Captains
  • Putting out pads for posts and help in Junior oval or Year 1 playground on rostered days
  • Teaching junior school students to play games at lunch times on a roster
  • Helping set up and pack up on sports days (This may be shared across Junior and Senior Sports Days)
  • Carrying out duties for PE teacher
  • Leading house group on sports days with cheering and support.
  • Representing the school at official functions, such as Cross Country, Lapathon and District Competitions
  • Reporting to the PE teacher and Year Six teachers