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Leadership in Primary

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.” Barack Obama.

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Today we see many young ambitious people stand up and cry out to the world and our leaders, looking for action and change to help protect our environment, human rights and safety. How often are those cries ignored? How often are children told, “That’s how it is and how it's always been!”?

We expect our young generations to sit back and allow adults to lead, make decisions, and determine their future. In today’s world, many young people are not willing to accept this status quo anymore. They are making a stand and taking action!

At TBS Warsaw we ask our students to be ambitious and challenge themselves, but they aren’t often given the opportunity to challenge their teachers and school leaders to make effective changes that will improve the school in their eyes. This year, after all we have been through with Coronavirus, studying from home and living in lockdown, we want our students to stand up and take action!

You may question whether children can learn to be leaders from their experiences or if leadership is something a person is born with. At TBS Warsaw we know that all children have the potential to develop leadership skills. There are many publications that state that if children learn to be leaders it can boost their self-esteem; improve communication skills; teach them to identify their strengths and weaknesses; help them develop organisational skills; and teach them to collaborate with others.

Two weeks ago, we launched our Primary Student Leadership programme to Year 4, 5 and 6 in a mission to actively engage our young students to inspire and make changes. We believe that any child, not matter their age, can be a leader! This year we have revamped the Leadership programme for our Primary students to actively make changes within 6 leadership groups: House Captains, Wellbeing Leaders, Eco Team, Digital Innovators, Global Buddies and Student Council. Please see the pictures below to show our new structure.

Through this programme we look to offer our young students the opportunity to develop key life skills in line with our Personal Learning Goals. They are being given the power to voice their opinions, share their ideas and change the way things are done. Working closely with 8 teachers across the Primary School we hope that the children will rise to the challenge and by the end of this academic year we can celebrate their achievements.

As with previous years, we have interviewed and selected one Year 6 Boy and one Year 6 Girl to take on the role of Head Boy and Head Girls for Primary. They will be working closely with Miss Hunter, Mrs Prabhu and Ms Hill to ensure the action and changes of our leadership groups are adhered to and put into action. They will be coordinating between the leadership groups and student council to ensure that every voice is heard. They have a busy year ahead of them, but luckily, they are up for this ambitious challenge.

We have not forgotten our younger students at Dabrowskiego and Year 2 and 3. Our EYFS campus have their own Student Council and House Captains who will be working closely with our older student leaders. In Year 2 and Year 3, our students will be invited to join student council so that they can all still have their voices heard and help make changes in school. Next year, we will look to bring in leadership groups for Year 2 and Year 3.

Today all student leaders will be announced via Seesaw and we will introduce them in next week’s school newsletter.

Becky Hunter
Jupiter Class Teacher

Year 5 Learning Leader