Stu­dents step up to new lead­er­ship roles

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - JU­LIAN LEHNERT ju­lian.lehnert@cnbtimes.com.au

RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY, a will­ing­ness to help oth­ers, goalset­ting skills and be­ing pre­pared to make sac­ri­fices — these are just a few of the qual­i­ties of lead­er­ship taught to stu­dents at St Joseph’s Catholic Pri­mary School at the Year 6 Day of Ex­cel­lence.

The nine Year 6 stu­dents at the Gayn­dah school spent their Mon­day learn­ing about what makes a leader by dis­cussing lead­er­ship and look­ing at their own con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity.

As part of their fi­nal year of stud­ies at the school, the en­tire class has been de­clared school lead­ers.

“Our day was about what it means to be a leader, and what we think a leader should look like,” said Asher, one of the Year 6 stu­dents.

“(A leader should be) re­spon­si­ble and guide other peo­ple.”

Tay­lor, one of Asher’s class­mates, added: “(Be­ing a leader means) we are do­ing our jobs, like wa­ter­ing the plants, tak­ing out the bins, and tend­ing to the sports shed — help­ing out the other kids and not just slack­ing off”.

When asked by her teacher, Inge Op­per­mann, Ella ex­plained that be­ing a leader “is about goal-set­ting and how we are go­ing to man­age to do it) about lead­er­ship and tak­ing on re­spon­si­bil­i­ties”.

Ella’s class­mate Poppy stressed the im­por­tance of mak­ing sac­ri­fices.

“(Lead­er­ship is) putting the needs of oth­ers be­fore your­self,” she said.

St Joseph’s prin­ci­pal Terese Shep­hard said the Year 6 Day of Ex­cel­lence helped pre­pare stu­dents.

“We al­ways start the year with our Year 6s with a lead­er­ship day to ex­plore for them what lead­er­ship means,” Ms Shep­hard said.

“We find out what they think it means, and then ex­plain what we ex­pect of them as Year 6 lead­ers at St Joseph’s.

“It’s a lot about be­ing role mod­els — not just for the younger stu­dents, but for the whole com­mu­nity.

“We talk to them about putting the needs of oth­ers be­fore their own, and that they are go­ing to have to make sac­ri­fices by giv­ing up their time in or­der to serve the com­mu­nity.”

This, Ms Shep­hard hopes, will teach the fu­ture lead­ers valu­able skills.

“All of those skills are part of pre­par­ing them, not just for high school, but also for life af­ter school,” she said.

Pic­ture: Ju­lian Lehnert

SCHOOL LEAD­ERS: Inge Op­per­mann's Year 6 class are ready to lead St Joseph’s through 2020.

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