Wamberal Public School Hunter and Central Coast Region Well Supported: Student Leadership Team “I’m proud to be a student leader. My experiences have helped me be more confident” - Member of the Student Leadership Team Year 6 Student Leadership Team elected by staff and Years 2-6 A part of the school’s Student Representative Council (SRC), is a Student Leadership Team consisting of ten Year 6 students. The ten students are chosen fairly. They are democratically elected from all Year 5 students at the end of the year. Students from Years 2 to 6 and staff use a preferential system to vote. “ I think the voting system was very fair.” “Well not everybody gets what they want but with the majority system, most people do.” - Student leaders Students learn about the responsibilities of a leader The election process is well supported. A lot of time is spent teaching the students about the role of a student leader. This role is tied to the core values of the school. Students learn that the actions of a leader have a direct influence on the credit they attract to themselves, their family and ultimately to the school community. High school students help in the leadership training for all Year 5 students During Term 4, all Year 5 students undergo a student leadership training program. This is supported by the school’s Public Speaking program, which is a strong feature of the school. SRC representatives from the local High School further enhance the leadership training program by working with Stage 3 students conducting team-building exercises. The public speaking helped me a lot with my nerves. I was always really nervous but it has taught me how to calm down. Student leader. Year 5 candidates speak to all students Year 5 students are encouraged to reflect on and record the reasons they believe they are suitable for a position on the student leadership team. They are asked to consider their capacity for the role against the school values and stated leadership criteria. As part of the nomination process, all students with recognised leadership qualities are encouraged to stand for election. Candidates present speeches to the whole student body. Before voting the student body is asked to consider if the candidates model the kind of behaviour that is expected of a leader. Elected candidates commit to school values and wear a special uniform On election Student Leaders swear a pledge of office before the school community. This is based on the school’s values. They are appropriately recognised in ways that include being presented with a badge of office at the annual Presentation Day assembly. The school provides them with a dress uniform, which they wear when they represent the school. They have a positive role that also involves identifying and acknowledging students who demonstrate the school’s core values while in the playground. These students have a range of responsibilities and are mentored by the principal The Student Leadership Team is responsible for running weekly assemblies. They attend the annual NSW Young Leaders’ Day event in Sydney. “It’s good because the SRC members get together and discuss what things need to be done around the school and what the school needs.” “The best thing is being trusted and having such an important role. I just like being able to help the school.” - School leaders. The principal acts as team mentor, meeting with them regularly to nurture and support this team of students. They have an important role in many places and accompany the principal to community events and functions. “Our student leaders help us to be proud of our school.” - Stage 2 student’s comment.