At St James’ the development of lifelong leadership skills is one of the learning opportunities offered to all students. Having effective student leaders supports the development of responsible behaviours, a positive school tone and encourages students to model the values of integrity, excellence, fairness, responsibility, democracy, cooperation, participation, respect and care.
Students from Year 5 are all eligible to become school leaders for their time in Year 6. Saint James’ values the leadership roles Year 6 students exhibit. Senior school leaders (school captain, vice-captains, house captains) undertake a major commitment and will play a key role. As such, the school always expects the leadership team to adhere to the following:
- To lead students from K-6
- To represent the school at special events
- To participate fully and responsibly in all school activities
- To lead or participate fully in the Student Representative Council (SRC)
- To complete jobs/responsibilities as asked by teachers or the school executive team or senior executive
- To lead assemblies
- To assist other students and teachers and to demonstrate a willingness to perform extra duties in own time.
- To set a positive example to all students
- To wear complete school uniform at all times, including leadership badge, school hat, black shoes/joggers, socks that cover the ankle, blue hair ribbons/bands. We ask for parental support in ensuring the correct full school uniform is worn at all times
- To be fully prepared and punctual for the activity/event in which you are participating/leading, for example, buddy programs and assemblies
- To behave appropriately at all times, in all situations
- To follow school and class rules.
- If a student leader breaches the charter by not fulfilling their commitments, the principal will issue a formal warning
- Should a school leader then fail to fulfil their roles and responsibilities they will lose their leadership position.
The leaders perform a number of ceremonial roles on special occasions. They meet and liaise often with the Stage 3 teacher and principal. The leaders are responsible for setting a good example of being responsible, respectful and safe at all times.