Balgowlah Heights Public School

Excellence and Opportunity

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Student leadership

School leaders

School leaders

The school's Student Leadership Program is aimed at providing extensive opportunities for all Year 6 students to develop skills of cooperation and teamwork to enhance personal confidence, promote high self-esteem and develop a sense of pride in oneself and the school. In Year 6, twelve school leaders are elected by their peers and perform duties such as:

  • running assemblies
  • organising Student Representative Council (SRC)
  • welcoming and thanking visitors
  • assisting staff
  • performing school duties e.g. supervision of canteen lines and lost property
  • assisting staff and executive with special days and ceremonies.

Class patrons

Another opportunity for student leadership for Year 6 students, who are not school leaders, is the role of class patron. Class patrons are chosen through an application process and are allocated classes from Years K-2 as helpers for the year. Class patrons also play an active role in SRC meetings by assisting their class representatives during the meeting.

House captains

House captains are elected by the sporting houses in the school. There are two house captains and two house vice captains per house and they perform duties on special sporting days and carnivals. House captains also organise sporting equipment, lunchtime activities and games.

Monitors

Students in Year 6 are given the opportunity to fill a variety of alternate and inclusive leadership roles with the school. These roles include library monitors, flag monitors and sound monitors. As a monitor, students and given the opportunity to develop the skills, values and attitudes needed for effective student leadership, to learn new skills, to work with others and to contribute to their school in a meaningful way.

Student representative council

The Student Representative Council (SRC) is run by the twelve school leaders and provides a forum where students K-6 can have a voice in the organisation and running of the school. Three leaders are in charge of each of the SRC committees.

  • Community Care and Charity
  • Grounds and Environment
  • Sport, Health and Safety
  • Culture, Leisure and Technology

Every class in the school is represented by two SRC members who are elected from their class. The members attend meetings in the hall where they debate and vote on suggestions made from the school student body.

Year 5 stay safe rangers

 

The objectives of Stay Safe Ranger Program are:

  • To improve kiss and drop area safety for students, particularly at home time to improve driver behaviour in the vicinity of the school.
  • To streamline traffic flow and improve local amenity.
  • To integrate with the School Leadership Program, to allow senior primary school students to observe and make recommendations on their findings, relating to road safety for themselves and their younger peers.
  • To provide a forum at which these School Leaders can discuss issues and broadcast their findings and recommendations in the School Newsletter and through other appropriate channels.

Each year about forty Year 5 students become Stay Safe Rangers. A duty roster is prepared and each afternoon the rostered Stay Safe Rangers stand inside the school fence directing students from the waiting area through the gate to awaiting cars. They also make notes on ‘observation sheets' regarding pedestrian and driver behaviour.

 

A regular forum is held to collate information from the ‘observation sheets' and make constructive suggestions on how to improve safety at the kiss and drop area.