Our Students - Student Leaders

Positions available                                 
Nomination Process                                 Benefits of Student Leadership
Student Councillor Duties                          Faction Captain Duties
 

 

O’Connor Primary School aims to develop in the school opportunities for leadership and service to the school community. Potential leaders are invited to participate in activities that will assist them in developing their leadership skills. 

Children in the final years at primary school will be given the opportunity to demonstrate and develop responsibility.  There are many who, during their years at school, have shown qualities which indicate they can contribute to the school in terms of:-
* Assisting in suitable tasks that facilitate smoother day-to-day running of the school. 
* Contributing a student’s point of view in relation to school operation and procedures.
* Enjoying sport and aspire to help increase the level of sport activities at OPS (Faction Captains ).
* Providing goodrole-models for the other children.   
 

Student Leaders

Students will be identified through a selection process. In their roles as Student Councillors or Faction Leaders they will contribute to the school and develop their personal character and leadership skills.
Student Leader QUALITIES
The student should:
             * Be a positive role model by exhibiting school values
             * Respect school rules and procedures
             * Display leadership qualities
             * Show initiative and contribute to the promotion of students needs
             * Possess communication skills with both peers and adults.
             * Have an interest in sporting events (Faction Captains and Vice Captains)
 
     
 
Student Councillors: In Term 4, eight Year 5 students students from OPS with one from the Education Support Centre will be selected as Councillors. A Year Head Boy and Head Girl will be selected from the successful candidates.
 
Faction Captains:  In Term 4, Faction Captains for each faction will be selected from Year 5 students. There will be a male and female captain in each faction for Year 5 (8 positions in total).

 


Student Councillor Duties

May include the following:
            * Welcome new students, parents and visitors to the school
            * Host school assemblies; give reports, assembly judging
            * Promote school rules and uniform by example
            * Coordinate and organise some school activities including during lunch and recess times
            * Represent the school at official occasions
            * Display and accept responsibility – use initiative
            * Meet regularly to discuss roles, duties and learn leadership strategies
            * Fundraising for school gift  to include discos, free dress days etc
            * Encourage parents to provide help in setting up discos and fundraising (e.g. sausage sizzles at sports carnivals, Student Disco, etc) 
 
Parents are requested to consider that their support to the student is crucial for them to be successful in the role.  Parents are expected to assist their child in fulfilling their duties, especially when arranging discos, etc.
 

Faction Leader Duties

May include the following:
            * Promote school rules and uniform by example
            * Work under the direction of the sports teacher to control/monitor sports shed
            * Coordinate and organise some school activities eg lunch time sports activities during lunch and recess times
            * Represent the school at official occasions
            * Display and accept responsibility – use initiative
            * Meet regularly to discuss roles, duties and learn leadership strategies
            * Assist staff and students to prepare for the sports carnivals
            * Provide classes with sports equipment and regularly update Faction results at Assemblies
 
Parents are requested to consider that their support to the student is crucial for them to be successful in the role.  Parents are expected to assist their child in fulfilling their duties, especially when setting up for carnivals, etc.

 

Positions available:

Student Councillors:   Eight Year 6 students from OPS and one from the Education Support Centre will be selected as Councillors.  Head Boy and Head Girl will be selected from the successful candidates. 

Faction Leaders:    Faction Captains for each faction will be selected from Year 6 students. There will be a male and female Captain position in each faction (8 positions in total). 

 

Leaders will be selected on the basis of ‘First Past the Post’ voting by students from Years 3 – 5, current Year 6 student leaders and staff. The students selected must possess certain qualities and have the ability to fulfil the duties associated with this position. Approval for nomination from their parents, teachers, and the Administration team must be sought. 
When students are elected they are required to complete a Student Councillor Code of Conduct  or Faction Captain Code of Conduct  which is signed by students and parents.
 
 
Benefits of Student Leadership
 
The student will;
  • Develop a range of leadership skills including;
                  * speaking in public
                  * speaking with a range of adults in the school and community
                  * leading other students
 
  • Gain recognition and status in their role as a leader
  • Develop confidence and resilience
  • Opportunity to engage in activities reserved for student leaders
  • Excursion to develop leadership and personal qualities
 

 

Nomination Process

Term 1-4 Year 5 students will be made aware of the qualities required for nomination as a Student Leader including outstanding qualities of leadership, behaviour and demonstration of values.
Early Term 4 Year 5 students to participate in a Leadership Activities Day to help them in determining their ability to nominate for a leadership role. 
Mid Term 4  Nomination process takes place.  To be eligible students must have maintained a good behaviour record, have approval of parent, teacher and administration team.
Mid Term 4 Nominees are given a written notice to be taken home, discussed with parents and returned to school signed.  Once this has been done they are candidates for the election which is to be held towards the end of Term 4.
Late Term 4 All nominated candidates are listed. Student Council nominees may produce up to 5 badges/wristbands and one A3 sized poster to promote their nomination. Faction Leader nominees may produce up to 5 badges/wristbands and one A3 sized poster  to promote their nomination. If a student has nominated for both positions they may produce 5 for Faction and 5 for Councillor (no more than 10 in total). The student may also produce one poster for Faction Leader and one poster for Council. There must be a distinction between Councillor and Faction badges/wristbands and posters. Voters are to vote as per the ballot paper. 
 
Student Councillors
Students who nominate will address the student body prior to the voting with a short speech giving them an idea of the qualities they will bring to the position.  An equal number of boys and girls will be elected.  Head Boy and Head Girl will be selected from the successful applicants. How to help your child - Tips on public speaking; 25 tips for public speaking; some activities to try     
 
Faction Leaders
Students who nominate will address their Faction prior to voting with a short speech giving them an idea of the qualities they will bring to the position.  All the nominated candidates are listed in their respective factions. From the results, the first male and female students with highest numbers of votes become Faction Captains.  The second ranked male and female will be the Vice Captains.  How to help your child - Tips on public speaking; 25 tips for public speaking; some activities to try     
 
 
If a nominee changes their mind and wishes to withdraw, they will be counselled before a decision is made. Nominations cannot be made within one week of the elections. Parents will contact should their child choose to cancel a nomination. 
 
Concert Night    Student Leaders and are named at the End of Year Concert. Head Boy and Head Girl are also announced on this night.  Badges are presented at the first assembly the following year.
When students are elected they are required to complete a Student Councillor Code of Conduct  or Faction Captain Code of Conduct  which is signed by students and parents.
 

 

Current Leaders

 

Leader Photos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parent Letters
 

Year 5 Leadership Day 6th November