Leadership for all is a core priority. Strong engagement is intentionally designed in our whole-school approach to 'Student Leadership' which enables students to lead in key roles and in negotiated areas of interest. We provide a vast array of opportunities for students to develop their collaboration, communication, problem-solving, creative and critical thinking and kindness to others through our investigative play and problem-based learning opportunities in our whole-school 'Discovery Time'. Students across the school lead some of these areas and step up to 'Teach On' and support others.
Leadership roles that are reviewed with student input and additional ideas include:
Senior Leaders - In the final year at school students nominate and present speeches to peers who then select them to represent the school.
House Captains - 4 selected Leaders, lead each of the 4 House Teams.
Wellbeing Warriors - A student team trained in supporting younger students new to school and recognising and promoting Wellbeing for all.
Nature Play Crew - Upper Primary students who are trained in Peer Mediation and support in the Nature Play Spaces. Past Nature Play Crew's co-designed the school Nature Play areas and past projects include our 'Walkway Woods', 'Wongga Wirra' and STEM Junior Primary space.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders - Upper Primary Aboriginal Students are leaders of projects that build cultural competency and ensure an inclusive environment for all. Previous projects have included developing our 'Wongga Wirra' Indigenous Garden and our own Acknowledgement of Country video.
School Tour Ambassadors - students train in speaking publicly and take new families on school tours showcasing and highlighting the school from the student perspective
Library, Media and IT Crew - students take on roles to manage IT in assemblies and lead and plan Book Week events
Student Voice - All senior students take on leadership to collect and collate student feedback. Students across the school are asked about their views on focused areas of learning and wellbeing. Past feedback processes have included anti-bullying to inform student wellbeing procedures; inquiry into how ways students learn best and areas of passion; and focused feedback connected to the School Improvement priorities of numeracy and writing. Senior students pre-plan and design the questions and processes to use when they lead 'Student Voice' as small teams in every class across the school. Student Voice is strongly used to shape each years whole-school Connected Curriculum themes and inquiries as staff, students and the Library Teacher meet to co-plan and design each year ahead..
Student Agency has led to numerous kind whole-school actions, some of which include: Superhero Nurses Day, raising over $1000 funds for coffee for nurses on the COVID wards; Pyjama Day, raising funds for The Hutt Street Homeless; and raising funds for Wellbeing Packs for the elderly at United SA. We are a kind community who want to make a positive difference and help others.