Having a say in Primary School
In Primary, our School Council is a group of pupils elected by their peers to represent the opinions and issues raised by other pupils then communicate back to the Headteacher and Principal. The school council can also take forward projects on behalf of the pupils, and be involved in planning these projects by being in charge of small budgets and implementing changes around the school. Students will have focus group sessions where they will discuss which ideas are possible to implement. They will also have a page in the yearbook documenting the changes they have made. School Council will also present an assembly to the primary school, sharing the changes they have made. The main benefit of school council is to give pupils a voice within school life, experience of decision making, debating, team work and confidence building.
Initially, Primary students can become involved by expressing an interest with their teacher and putting themselves forward when the vote takes place. Once on the school council the children meet fortnightly to discuss issues and ideas raised by their peers. They will sometimes meet with the Principal and Primary head to discuss how they can implement changes.
Primary Student Council 2016-2017
Photo above Left to Right (Back row): Scarlett, Erin, Joseph, Ruth, Yao Shi (Middle row) Mika, Zoe, Julia, Pia (Front row) Tiger, Jenny
Leadership in the Secondary School
We know the importance of giving students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, and we have a range of different ways to do this.
Each form group has a Form Representative who is elected by their peers. These Reps come together to form the Student Guild. The Guild is ‘the voice’ of the student body. They meet regularly with the senior staff to discuss issues relevant to student life. Currently there are 3 sub-committees – Academic, Charity and Community and Social. Each one has a Chair, which is another opportunity for students to lead.
Secondary Student Guild 2016-17
- Jenny Hwang - Charity Committee Chair
- Sunny Hwang – Charity Committee Vice Chair
- Joshua Nestler – Academic Committee Chair
- Jung Ho Joo - Academic Committee Vice Chair
- Sabrina Zhang – Social Committee Chair
- JuHan Chun - Social Committee Vice Chair
In addition we have Senior and Junior House captains for sports and other House competitions. Again these leaders are elected by the students themselves, and become responsible for organising the students of their Houses in competitions.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 leadership is taught as part of the curriculum. Every week students spend an hour with their Head of Year, working on communication skills, debating, self-presentation and other aspects of good leadership. This is one of the key ways that we develop the leaders of tomorrow.
In upper school we strongly encourage all students to participate in the International Award programme. This helps them to develop confidence, learn new skills and to develop as a team player, as well as becoming a better leader.
We believe that with the right opportunities and the right environment, we are truly creating “Great learning for the leaders of tomorrow”.