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Student Leadership

Each year, Year 3 to 7 students elect student leaders for our school. We have two captains and two vice-captains who take part in leadership training programs as well as interaction with school administration on behalf of the students.

The appointment of school captains and vice-captains is consistent with our school’s leadership development practices, provides a focus for student representation, and promotes our school positively to school visitors and on important occasions.

Aims:

A male and female school captain and school vice-captain will be elected by students and staff at our school each year to liaise on behalf of the student body, to promote the school to the community and to present as role models for their fellow students.

Procedure in Electing School Captains and Vice Captains

With regards to the appointment of the school captains we follow a standard procedure used at the school every year.

The procedure is summarised as follows:

  1. Principal spends between 6 and 10 weeks talking to the Year 6 students about leadership. The two Year 6 teachers are available to assist the principal at all times.
  2. Principal, Deputy Principal and Year 6 teachers explain the process of electing leaders for the school to the Year 6 students and this includes:
    -  Nomination of student leaders by Year 6 students
    -  Procedure of voting by Year 3 to 7 students
  1. Once this process is finalised, the Year 6 students participate in the nomination process.
  2. From this 5 girls and 5 boys are appointed as candidates.  From this group two girls and two boys will eventually become the school captains.
  3. The Principal and Deputy Principal then inform the Staff about the process and present them with the names of the students.  Staff have the opportunity to comment on the names and speak to colleagues about the students that have been appointed as possible leaders for the school.
  4. The students are then introduced to the Year 3 to 7 students and their teachers.  The voting procedure is explained in detail.  The students then move to their classrooms, where the candidates move from classroom to classroom so that voting can take place.  Active campaigning will not be permitted.
  5. The teachers and other staff are also given the opportunity to vote.
  6. The votes are counted by the Deputy Principal and one or two other staff.
  7. The names are presented to the staff for a final decision to be made.
  8. The final decision for the position of school captains and vice school captains is made by the staff.
  9. The previous School Captains announce the School Captains for the following year at our closing exercise at the end of the school year.

 

Conflict of Interest
Staff, who are parents of candidates, cannot participate in the final phase of the election process.