Celebrate through Leadership – Senior Leadership Launch

It’s all about ‘celebration’, and that’s what the ‘Senior Leadership Launch’ is all about. Just imagine the entire process conducted and delivered by your elected student body, who professionally stand in front of their peers with a comprehensive plan that announces … ‘we have arrived … this year we are the seniors and we are here to make a difference … and through our leadership and the things we do together, we will celebrate our many years of schooling together … we will celebrate us.’

So what happens to students who applied, but didn’t win a leadership position ?senior-school-leadership003

Yes they were initially disappointed, but didn’t they receive a very pleasant surprise when their elected leaders presented their ‘leadership initiative’ that they submitted in their ‘Leadership Diploma’ as part of the overall plan. Disappointment quickly turns to engagement as students recognise that their projects have been chosen and they have the opportunity to lead the execution of the project. All students join ‘Project Groups’ at the Senior Leadership Launch, and 75 % of them will see it through, thereby supporting the notion, that ‘every child deserves to know they can make a difference before they leave school because their school gave them the opportunity to do so’ ! This is leadership in action that makes the world they touch a better place !!
Early Term 4
Announcement of Specific Leadership Positions and Badges e.g. School Captains, Vice Captains
Week 2 or 3 of Term 3
‘The Celebration of Us – Senior Leadership Launch’ by the professionally trained Senior Leadership Team to their peers which asks every student to join a project team, and attend their first project meeting THAT DAY.
Week following Senior Leadership Launch
2nd Project Meeting – within the week of launch.

The Final Benefit

So why is it that students are buying into this process and seeking the desire to lead. I believe it is primarily because we change their paradigm. The journey you have just read … The journey of leadership …. Adding value and creating beneficial change … is not only a way of celebrating 12 years of ‘hard slog’ education, but it is the foundation for a ‘meaningful life’. Many people see the successful life but not all of those who are credited with success also find meaning. On the other hand it is not possible to live a meaningful existence and not be deemed successful. As Mother Teresa once said, “We are not put upon this Earth to be successful, we are put upon this Earth to be Faithful … Faithful to our dreams, our possibilities and our calling … and for those who follow that meaningful path, they are the ones that others deem successful”. Leadership is everyone’s subject !