By Adam English
As part of the Student Leadership Team, we have a responsibility to create a platform providing the student body with a voice and to support the development of the community. Though we all have our own qualifications, sometimes, it is best for all of us to discuss and learn about leadership in a controlled environment.
On 27th November, the KS3 and KS4 Student Leadership Teams spent the whole school day at a leadership workshop. Members of the KS5 Prefects and Head Students came and led separate activities to provide a diverse range of viewpoints on the topic. At the start of the day, we learnt about what some of the older students feel are the most important aspects of leadership. Then we discussed about statements like ‘A leader shall take all responsibility if their group fails a task.’ This sparked conversation and friendly debate to really make us think about where we feel leaders should place themselves within groups and whether different situations demand different leadership approaches. We were also made to think about our own personal general definitions of leadership by choosing one of a lot of quotes that we identify with. Overall the first part of the day was very successful.
After break, we moved on from how we see leadership to how we see ourselves as leaders. By having seen examples of moral dilemmas, we got to identify our own values and see how others would approach a situation. After that we saw 2 extreme examples of leaders; a very loud, arrogant one and a very quiet, reserved one. This comparison led us to further develop our own understanding of how we present ourselves to others and make our own judgement on what is best for the team. We also performed some bonding exercises by writing anonymous compliments to each other, even if we only met them the same day.
The final section of the day was more like a regular meeting, discussing what we want to do to help the school. Using our newfound values we had a productive session and are ready to make more effective changes within the school.
Compared to other leadership retreats, this was less about learning what leadership is and more about what we want to see in a leader and where our values lie. All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience and anyone can learn from it. We have positive outlooks for the school and we hope you support us along the way.
By Anna Daphne
This term, the KS3 and 4 Leadership Teams came together for a day of informative. fun-filled team-building activities, organised by none other than our capable Head Students and Department Prefects, who, within our group of 19 students, encouraged us to think about our visions as leaders, and the different styles of leadership we might choose to pursue.
We started the day with a session called an ‘Introduction to Leadership’. Head Students Kristin, Rifah and Hannah explained their perceptions of an effective style of leadership, undoubtedly inspiring more than just me. Dr. Howling gave a talk after that, describing her vision as a leader in 5 points and giving us something to think about throughout the rest of the day: What kind of leader do you want to be?
After break, we had two periods dedicated to Public Speaking, a skill that I have sought to develop through my role as a KS3 Student Leader. Kiran gave us some valuable advice to take away with us; imitations of famous political, sport and musical leaders brought fun into a nerve-wrecking topic, and role-plays with Sammy and Giulia taught us some beneficial insights into how to conduct oneself in a job interview. Of course, the experience was made complete by the copious amounts of pizza that we were given at lunch, where I found myself having discussions with some of the Head Students, gaining interesting ideas from different points of view.
After lunch, we focused on how to minute a meeting, an invaluable skill for any leader. After this we had a meeting within our Key Stage, applying the new skills we had learnt over the course of the day. Overall, I can say that the whole experience was incredibly rewarding, and seeing how far our current Head Students have come, and how much further our leaders have yet to come, makes me optimistic about the future of our school and its growing community.
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