Warrandyte High School recognises the importance of developing the leadership skills of our students. Student Voice, Leadership and Agency is a high priority for us.
Student Voice Teams
Student Voice is a key focus for Warrandyte High School. We have a Year 7-9 Student Voice Team and a Year 10-12 Student Voice Team . The Assistant Principal meets with these teams regularly and invites their input on all aspects of their learning. Students are invited to have a real voice in their learning. Providing teacher feedback is a central focus.
Vertical Home Groups – Pastoral Care Program
We have introduced vertical home groups as part of our pastoral care and well-being program. Home Groups meet weekly. Each home group consists of around 20 students and is comprised of students from every year level, from Year 7 through to and including Year 12. There are tremendous student leadership positions and opportunities here as our Home Group system is all about Student Voice, Leadership and Agency. Student Voice members play an active role in driving the conversation in Home Groups, all aimed at increasing student connectedness even further.
Formal Leadership positions
At the end of every year students in Year 11 have the opportunity to take part in the selection process for School Captains. Students that apply for the role undertake an exhaustive selection process which includes a written application, presentation to students and an interview. The selected School Captains represent the school in formal situations and are co-opted community members on School Council. They are ably supported by a Senior Student Leadership team who take on a variety of tasks including running lunchtime activities for students, organising guest speakers and assisting staff with a variety of wellbeing activities such as staff versus student sporting activities.
Senior House Captains are also selected through an application process. These House Captains lead their Houses in sporting events such as House Swimming Sports and Athletics.
There are additional leadership opportunities for students in year 7 and 8 through the wellbeing leadership programs that are run each year. The Year 7’s develop and perform a drama performance for their peers in the Friendship and Anti Bullying Conference and the Year 8 student leaders develop their own workshops to deliver to their peers in the Drug and Alcohol Education Program
Whilst the concepts of civics and citizenship are covered in formal classes, there are opportunities for representing these attributes in forums such as the ANZAC Day service and as a member of the Advance CFA program.