Students as leaders

Leading with or without the badge and living beyond yourself are dispositions that are integral to each student’s development in the middle years here at St John’s. These are consistently reinforced and supported. As such, we have a growing number of student-led clubs that operate at lunch times. These include origami, board games, book club, awareness raising and more. Over time, the culture of making the most of such opportunities to lead, to grow the agency the students have to shape their school experiences, is growing!

Moreover, we recently welcomed new students who will begin with us next year in the Middle School over two Orientation Days. These were very successful, with much positive feedback coming back from the participants. Of particular note where the impression the current Year 7 and 8 students acting as Buddies made in welcoming the “newbies”. The body language, conversation and time provided by our current students showed compassion and leadership – again without badges. This extended to the current Y11s and the initiative they showed to propose, create and operate a very successful scavenger hunt style campus orientation for the new students. This proved engaging and informative for our visitors.

Finally, we do, of course, also provide opportunity for students to be formally elected by their peers for their leadership attributes then support them to grow in those roles. Consequently, following the election process, we held a lovely service earlier this term to induct the new House Captains for the upcoming year. They pledged to work in a servant leadership style, living beyond themselves, to listen to, support and represent all students; to carry themselves as model students to others; to act with integrity in all that they do (in and out of the classroom); and to do all of this with the aim of developing our school and community for all students, current and future. These Captains have begun their roles with enthusiasm, reliability and emerging confidence. They are already wonderful models to others. The Middle School House Captains for 2016/17 are:

Gooch: Patrick Douglas, Kiara Reardon (VC), Maddy Ross (VC)

Halstead: Mitchell Keegan, Naresh Elango (VC), Sam Button (VC)

Moffatt: Lachlan Quinn, Lucy Davidson (VC), Eduard Van den Berg (VC)

Prince: Ruby Stewart, Talia Simpson (VC), Lana Turbill (VC)

I thank all students who have led for the betterment of all, who have worked to realise something they believe in, and encourage all students to look for ways to lead and serve as the year comes to a close and into next year – they can continue to play a critical role in shaping our wonderful Middle School culture.

 

Ben Clark

Head of Middle School