While recognising the importance of supporting others as part of a community, it is also an important life skill to learn to lead. Our sports teams are going from strength to strength and provide students with important leadership and team work opportunities as well as facilitating the celebration of different attributes within a team.
Our Year 11 boys recently found themselves the main contributors in our lunchtime debating meets; despite having a great time, they decided to create an instructional YouTube video for younger years to encourage new members; they planned, filmed and produced the video themselves, and within a fortnight the debating club was thriving once more with nervous but excited younger students who, under the guidance of these mentors, are now preparing for their first whole school competition.
Relationships across the year groups are a key strength of the school; one morning registration a week for Year 7 is run by Year 11 volunteers who provide support and positive role models for our younger students; we have an active Student Council who initiate and implement real changes around the school such as environmental campaigns and programming clubs, and individual subjects have their own student mentors for students who need extra support or extension.
A staff member approached by a group of Year 8 boys to run a ‘Warhammer’ club could not have anticipated the opportunity it afforded for quieter members of the year group to lead a team with knowledge and confidence, nor the cross-year group attendance the club experienced!