Encouraging the development of leadership within our students is an important focus of the culture of the Coffs Harbour Christian Community School Welfare Program.
We consider a leader to be a person who able to see ‘the big picture’, who is willing to serve others, encouraging them to reach their potential, rather than focusing on themselves. Leaders must be hard-working, capable and reliable. They should be a positive example for others, be able to work in a team and be able to take personal responsibility for their actions and development.
In Year 8, avenues for leadership development are as Junior House Vice Captains and in roles as the leaders within the Middle School. Year 12 students can become School Vice Captains and Captains (boy and girl for both), members of the Student Executive, Sport House Captains, or Church Time Leaders. Beyond these formal pathways, numerous leadership opportunities exist within other school activities including: music, drama and various teams, sport, debating, mock trial, chess etc.
Our senior student executive play a vital role in building a sense of school community. They have weekly meetings with our year 12 coordinators and facilitate a range of fun activities aimed at connecting students with each other. Ongoing activities include socials, Valentine’s Day and various fund raising events. Each year our executive have attended the GRIP Leadership conference which has inspired them to be innovative and involved in making positive change in the school environment.
The House Championship and Leadership Development Program
Each year, the four school houses compete for the ‘Annual House Championship Shield’. In order to build greater unity and to encourage diversity within the school community, this competition includes events offered by every faculty within the school. For example, Science holds it’s ‘Brain Week’ trivia competitions, whilst Sport continues to offer carnivals and lunchtime competitions. Each event contributes points to a running tally, enabling students with the full range of gifts and talents to contribute.
The program has expanded the House Captain and Vice-Captain concepts to create a mentorship and development structure that will support and nurture young leaders, giving them opportunity to lead their peers in House Championship events and participate in character building development days.