Camberwell High School

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Student Leadership

Disco Consulere Aliis – Learning to be considerate of others
At Camberwell High School all students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills in order to support fellow students and to benefit the wider community. Opportunities to develop these qualities are provided through a range of learning experiences, both in their everyday school life and in targeted leadership programs. There are many student roles throughout the year levels that offer support and leadership for other students in the school community, through house activities and specific fields of interest. Every student is encouraged to build their own sense of themselves as leaders.
All student leaders at Camberwell High School should demonstrate and model our school values of Achievement, Creativity, Respect, Responsibility.
Students engaged in learning in different ways

Leadership Roles

A wide range of formal leadership positions are available at the school and are outlined in the Student Leadership Manual. These positions are in place for the benefit of the entire student body and the larger school community.

Year 12 students have the most significant leadership responsibilities, including School Captains, House Captains and the Student Representative Council (SRC). All Student Representatives and Captains are expected to be ambassadors who embody the school values and school mottos. Their duties range from public speaking at school events to active involvement in school activities, and encouraging the involvement of other students. School leaders are elected by the student body to represent them and act as an organisational team representing all students.

The Student Representative Council (SRC) meets weekly to raise issues of student concern. The SRC also organises, leads and budgets for charity and school events throughout the year. Within the school the SRC manages a busy schedule of student-led activities including the Talent Quest and Battle of the Bands.

School Captains are the most significant student leaders in the school. School Captains are expected to take an active role in all aspects of the school community and work with others to achieve the best possible outcomes. They must be approachable, reliable and trustworthy, and their duties involve communication with staff and students, public speaking at assemblies and school events, writing for the school magazine. School Captains must be involved in a range of co-curricular activities such as sport, music and debating, and be positive role models for all students with regards to behaviour and presentation.

The Role of a House Captain is to encourage all students to participate in House activities. They must coordinate House Arts and Sports Captains in organising events, such as House Athletics, Swimming and Chorals, and leading their respective houses in these events. All House captains must be approachable and reliable and demonstrate enthusiasm for their House, thereby encouraging students to get involved in a range of school activities.

Two Homegroup Captains are students elected in each homegroup from Years 7 - 9 by their classmates to represent their interests and concerns. Homegroup Captains must demonstrate leadership and model good behaviour as an example to other students. Their role is to be attentive listeners to their peers and provide a point of communication with their teachers. This allows teachers a better insight into how the students are engaging with one another through open discourse between staff and homegroup captains. It encourages care of fellow students and empowers them to be more responsible citizens.

Leadership Programs

Across the school there are programs and camps designed to build responsibility, team work, perseverance, initiative, empathy and optimism. Challenging camps are offered at all year levels, beginning with the Orientation Camp for Year 7 students, right through to overseas study opportunities in the senior levels. The Peer Support Program enables Year 10 students to utilise their leadership abilities by acting as buddies to incoming Year 7 students, mentoring and supporting their learning and involvement at the school. The World Challenge experience is a life-changing leadership challenge which extends over 18 months. Students work collaboratively with teachers to raise funds for their journey and develop an understanding of their task which culminates in a trek and community project based in a third-world setting.

The Principal, Jill Laughlin, holds a Student Forum each term to consult with students on areas of interest or concern. Past forum topics have included learning, leadership, student safety and wellbeing. Students explore the topic and develop solutions which are then implemented in the school.

The Principal’s Advisory Group is a group of students invited based on established leadership roles in the school as well as teacher or peer nomination, to discuss matters of student interest. The PAG brings ideas and issues to the Principal directly as part of a discussion forum.

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