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With our students’ talent in Mathematics and Science, the school hopes that they will become trailblazers in their field of work in future and hold leadership positions in their workplace. Moreover, it is common belief that everyone has the potential to be leaders. In fact, everyone will be a leader in some ways at some point in life, be it in the family, in the workplace or in one’s social circles. Hence, our school places strong emphasis on student leadership and encourages all students to seize the many opportunities provided for them to hold at least one leadership position for at least half/one year in their 4-6 years with us. Also, students with higher potential are put into customized programs to meet their needs and maximize their potential.
Mission: An Endeavouring Leader and Role Model
In line with our vision to nurture Pioneers, we place strong emphasis on developing our student leaders to be role models who are courageous in exploring and charting new grounds. They are to be role models in class, CCA, all other aspects of school life and outside school as well. The student leaders are to set a good example to their fellow peers, thereby influencing them through their actions.
Our school is committed to developing our student leaders by using a process “STEER²” -Selecting, Training, Exposing, Empowering, Reviewing and Recognizing the student leaders. We give autonomy and ownership to the students and allow the students room for failure in order for the students to have optimal experiential learning. Depending on how well a student can cope, each student is allowed to hold leadership positions in 2-3 leadership boards at any one time.
Student Leadership Framework
The process of selecting, training, exposing, empowering, reviewing and recognizing the 2 tiers of student leaders are customized at each tier to meet the different needs and expectations. But each follows the same principle and framework as outlined above.
Dummy’s Guide on Student Leadership Principles
“Leadership is Influence.” John C. Maxwell
This definition of leadership is simple and straightforward and places leadership within everyone’s reach. All of us can exercise a certain degree of influence on someone, at some point, in some place. Leadership isn’t about titles, positions or flowcharts. It’s about one life influencing another.
A student leader can exert his/her influence through Kouzes and Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Student Leadership:
Model the Way
A student leader is expected to have a strong sense of integrity. He/She is honest with himself/herself and with people around him/her and has the moral courage to stand up for what he/she believes in or thinks is right. Such a person will be able to lead by example as the followers are able to see that he/she practices what he/she preaches. He/She will be well respected and thus serve as a good Role Model for his/her peers and juniors.
A student leader is expected to be highly committed to his/her mission, the discharge of his/her responsibilities/duties and his/her people. He/She should be willing to go that extra mile and sacrifice time and energy to get the job done. He/She will not stop until the highest level of quality of work is achieved. Such a leader’s dedication and determination is sure to rub off on his/her followers and motivate them to do likewise.
A student leader will be well respected if he/she is best fitted for the job. He/She should have very good knowledge and skills required for the task. He/She should be competent and effective in carrying out his/her duties and in managing his/her followers. A good training program and guidance from the teachers/seniors will definitely go a long way in building up the student leaders.
Inspire a Shared Vision
A student leader is driven by a clear vision of possibility and what their organization can become. He/She believes that he/she can make a difference. He/She is also able to enlist others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations.
Challenge the Process
A student leader is a pioneer – he/she dares to venture out into the unknown. He/She searches for opportunities by seeking innovative ways to change, grow and improve. He/She experiments and takes risks by constantly generating small wins and learning from mistakes.
Enable others to act
A student leader is expected to be a team player with good inter-personal skills. With amiable working relationships with his/her peers, the student leader will be able to foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust. In order to lead his/her peers who are of the same age, the student leader should exercise humility and strengthen others by sharing power and discretion.
Encourage the heart
A student leader realizes that the journey to the top can be long, exhausting and frustrating. Hence, in order to lift the spirits and draw people forward, he/she recognizes the contributions of others by showing appreciation for individual excellence. Conscious effort is also made to celebrate the values and victories so as to build a strong sense of collective identity and community spirit.