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Whitleyans have endless opportunities to develop their leadership skills. The Whitley Student Leadership Development committee prides itself in developing every Whitleyan to be a leader - one who embodies the school values of perseverance, responsibility, integrity, discipline and empathy. The student leaders have many opportunities to develop their leadership qualities and skills. Student Leaders are equipped with core leadership skills and knowledge that they need to carry out given responsibilities through workshops and camps. Various platforms are provided for students to initiate, organize and manage events as well as projects.
The Student Leadership arm in Whitley seeks to nurture and harness the fullest leadership potential of our students. Throughout their secondary school life in WSS, all Whitleyans will have opportunities to be trained and developed into effective leaders through the 3E1M developmental approach as described below:
School Core Values: Perseverance, Responsibility, Integrity, Discipline and Empathy
- Expose; personal leadership – where
every Whitleyan is first a leader of himself.
- Empower; peer leadership – where Whitleyans
are given opportunities to lead one another.
- Excel; team leadership – where Whitleyans
learn to lead any groups of people effectively.
- Mentor; community leadership – where Whitleyans
model and take on greater leadership roles to inspire future leaders
Student Leadership Opportunities in Whitley
Platforms for Student Leadership Development
- Personal Leadership Development for all Whitleyans:
- Level Camps, CCE lessons and Post Exam Activity
- Peer Leadership Development for Class Leaders & Peer Support Leaders: In House Workshops, Kindness Week initiatives, etc.
- Team Leadership Development for Sports Leaders & CCA Leaders: Monthly Sports Challenges, Whitley Fiesta, Sports Carnival, etc.
- Community Leadership for Prefects and House Captains: VIA opportunities to serve the Marymount community, Leadership Training Camps, Secondary One Orientation Programme, etc.
- Various levels of attainment on LEAPS 2.0
- Student Leaders’ Investiture in Term 3
- Nomination for annual EAGLES award
Using Kouzes & Posner’s The Leadership Challenge as our guide, the Student Leadership Committee creates meaningful learning platforms for students to be exposed to leadership practices, empowered to serve and excel in their role. Below is a short description of the five practices:
Model the Way
Leaders establish principles concerning the way people should be treated and the way goals should be pursued. They create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow. They display and demonstrate the exemplary traits and values that they live by. In so doing, they act as effective role models for their peers and juniors alike.
|Inspire a Shared Vision
Leaders passionately believe that they can make a difference. They envision the future, creating an ideal and unique image of what the CCA can become. Through their magnetism and quiet persuasion, leaders enlist others in their goals and targets for the CCA. They breathe life into their visions and enthuse others about the possibilities for the future.
Challenge the Process
Leaders search for opportunities to change the status quo. They look for innovative ways to improve the CCA. In the school setting, student leaders should be confident in offering viable solutions to improve problems or situations that they may have identified.
Enable Others to Act
Leaders foster collaboration and build spirited teams. They actively involve others. Leaders understand that mutual respect is what sustains extraordinary efforts; they strive to create an atmosphere of trust and human dignity. They strengthen others, making each person feel capable and powerful.
Encourage the Heart
Accomplishing extraordinary things in the CCA is hard work. To keep hope, enthusiasm and determination alive, leaders recognize contributions that individuals make. In every winning team, the members need to share in the rewards of their efforts, so leaders celebrate accomplishments.
(Adopted from The Leadership Challenge Model by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner)