At Good Shepherd, we focus on developing our students’ leadership skills through formal leadership programs and practical leadership experiences. This approach recognises that students can be leaders across many different areas, and that leadership skills learnt in primary school can lay the foundations for future leadership opportunities.
We believe that developing leadership skills through the Australian Curriculum and the IB PYP Learner Profile begins as early as Foundation where students start to identify ways to take responsibility for familiar tasks at both home and school. By the time students start to reach the end of Year 2 they are able to find ways to discuss how they can take responsibility for their own actions. Towards the end of Year 4 students then start to discuss the concept of leadership where they can identify situations where it is appropriate to adopt this role.
In the senior years at Good Shepherd students begin to initiate or help to organise group activities that address a common need which then allows them to move into planning school and community projects, where they can apply effective problem-solving and team-building strategies.
Year 7 is a special year for our students at Good Shepherd especially in the area of leadership. At the beginning of each New Year all students in Year 7 attend the ‘GRIP’ Student Leadership Conference in Adelaide. Here they have opportunities to focus on what they can do right now. They leave the conference with a clear vision, and many ideas to help them as a leader. Students learn about how leaders are transformers and how they can make positive changes. Roles such as School Captains and House Captains are also opportunities for students in Year 7.