Students don't have to be school captains or house captains to be considered leaders. We encourage our students to be leaders in the classroom and playground, through their support for other students, or their involvement in academic, sporting, cultural or community events and projects.
At Kingsgrove North High School there is a strong focus on 'student voice', on providing opportunities for students to participate in their learning, and their time at the school.
Developing leadership capacity amongst our students is one of our major objectives at Kingsgrove North High School and we place a lot of emphasis on providing as many leadership opportunities for our students across all year groups.
We encourage our students to work collaboratively in teams, solving problems, sharing ideas, helping each other on projects, working with their teachers and our community partners. These are skills and competencies needed for 21st century learning, now embedded in the Australian curriculum.
In the classroom, student's voice is evident in quality teaching practices, interactive learning, and innovative thinking. Throughout the school, our students work individually or in teams in more than many extra-curricular activities.
Leadership opportunities abound in the following:
- student representative council (SRC)
- max potential program
- peer support
- sports captains
- prefect leadership programs
- Australian Business Council Network (ABCN) with programs in leadership and goals
- Wize up program
- Links to Learning
- Mission Australia.
Many of these are citizenship programs, which are focused on undertaking projects for the benefit of the community. Our students engage, connect, and feel a strong sense of belonging through working together, and with our community at every stage of learning.
Student representative council
The student representative council (SRC) consists of peer-elected members from each year who represent students interests and needs. We take action to bring about positive changes that will benefit the students and the whole school community. SRC leaders demonstrate a serious commitment in representing student interests within the school community, canvassing student's views, engage in consultations and help provide input on educational and youth issues. SRC leaders help with the organisation and management of fundraising activities, assemblies, open night, year presentations and read out morning messages to the school. In this role, SRC leaders further develop leadership, organisation and communication skills.
School and community involvement
The SRC is involved in a variety of leadership and fundraising initiatives, helping to develop student's communication, organisational skills, develop social justice and school spirit.
Programs the SRC is involved in include:
- fundraising for charities such as World Vision, Epilepsy Australia, Operation Christmas Child and the Salvation Army.
- a second hand uniform shop, operated by Retail Service Students. Students can donate preloved clothing which is then made available to all, ensuring everyone has access to an affordable uniform.
- leadership programs including the Global Leadership Convention, Inspired Leaders program through the Halogen Foundation, YMCA Youth Parliament and Canterbury Council Youth Forum.
- school service including assisting students, teachers, parents and members of the community in the school play, open night, Year 7 Orientation Day, assemblies and year meetings.
Students are surveyed regularly to ensure student interests are always at the forefront of our school, and a suggestion box is located in the library where students are welcomed to place issues or concerns they would like their SRC to address.
High Resolves program
High Resolves is a transformational global citizenship and leadership program. It is inspiring and empowering a growing community of young people to act in the collective and long-term interest of humanity. The program involves a innovative global citizenship and leadership programs in high schools to motivate and empower young people to make a difference.
High resolves was founded by Mehrdad and Roya Baghai in 2005 as a not-for-profit, non-religious educational initiative. Core components of the High Resolves curriculum were developed at Harvard University in conjunction with Nobel Laureate Thomas Schelling.
High Resolves was formally incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation in 2007. Since then our reach has grown rapidly and have worked with more than 120,000 students across Australia. The team of qualified teachers, based in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, now deliver programs to 25,000 students each year.
This year there will be four delivery dates for students in Year 7 and 8:
- Monday 14 August – Year 8 on social justice
- Tuesday 22 August – Year 7 on collective identity
- Tuesday 29 August – Year 8 on digital citizenship
- Tuesday 5 September – Year 7 on independent thinking.
For more information visit the High Resolves website.