“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” Harold S. Geneen.
Geraldton Grammar School provides leadership positions across the Primary and Secondary School. We understand that leadership whilst inherent is a skill that develops over time. At Geraldton Grammar School we role model good leadership and teach the skills that leadership requires such as public speaking, commitment, confidence, integrity, positivity, creativity, problem-solving and time- management. The leadership opportunities at Geraldton Grammar School allows for many skills, talents and personalities to shine.
Primary School Leadership
All Year 6 students participate in a House Leadership Program throughout the year, beginning with an overnight camp, held at Geraldton Camp School, at the start of term 1. The program incorporates four key focus areas:
- Student Wellbeing
- Student Action Team
The Year 6s participate in their House groups, with weekly meetings designed to develop their skills and understanding. The House groups rotate to a different focus area each term. The Year 6 students generate ideas and projects to run within the Primary school, including lunchtime games; skits and assembly presentations; fundraising for charities and other causes; and sustainability projects, such as recycling and Wrapper Free Wednesdays. Opportunities are also provided to contribute to the wider community, through sustainability and community service projects such as beach clean-up and tree planting days, in partnership with other organisations.
The Leadership Program provides the Year 6 students with the opportunity for personal development and reflection, encouraging responsibility, respect and compassion for others. It enables the Year 6 students to develop life skills and empowers them to make a positive contribution to the community, now and for the future. We emphasise all students possess leadership skills and you do not need to hold a badge to be a leader.
Our elected leadership team makes up our Junior Representative Council. This includes
- Primary school captains– elected for the year from Year 6
- House Captains – elected for a semester from Year 6
- Year 5 class representatives – elected for a semester
- Year 3/4 class representatives – elected for a semester
- The Junior Representative Council meets weekly
Criteria for Primary School Captain
- Is highly regarded by staff and students
- Contributes positively to the classroom, school and the community
Secondary School Leadership
There are also opportunities for students of all years to become leaders as Hub Captains. Hub captains act as a spokesperson for their year group and promote things their year level feel are important. These positions include 2 x Year 7 Hub Captains 2 x Year 8 Hub Captains 2 x Year 9 Hub Captains 2 x Year 10 and 4 x Year 11. Students must apply for these roles and be voted in by their respective hubs each semester. These positions are gender-neutral and independent of a student’s house. It is the expectation of the School that the students who are appointed to these positions will be publicly supportive of the Ethos of the School, take on a proactive approach to leadership and ensure they fulfil their duties in a manner that brings credit to themselves and their School.
Year 12 School Captains
All students in Year 12 have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership and to wear a Seniors Badge. Students also have the opportunity to attain one of the 10 formally recognised Secondary Leadership positions.
These positions include: 2 x School Captains, 4 x House Captains, 1 Service Captain, 1 x Academic Captain, 1 x Arts Captain and 1 x Sports Captain.
Secondary School Leaders are expected to be a positive role model for all students across the primary and secondary school. Demonstrating exemplary behaviour and attitude across all facets of school life.
The process of selection involves interested students submitting a written application addressing how they can meet the duties and requirements of the position as described in the role statement. Students are then short-listed on the basis of their written application. Following this, successful applicants deliver a 2-minute speech to peers and teachers as to why they should be selected for the position. Year 10, 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to vote. However, this only plays a part in the selection process with input from teachers and a consultative selection panel. All positions are approved by the Principal.