There are many opportunities for students to take on leadership at Suzanne Cory High School. The school aims to cultivate student engagement in the operation of the school, and in contributing to the broader community.
Our approach to Student Leadership at SCHS is focused on strengthening student voice throughout the school and the broader community. When designing the model of student leadership, much consideration was made of our school’s core values – respect, aspiration and contribution – and how the model could support and enhance the promotion of those values.
We aim to empower students to aspire to take on roles of leadership and responsibility that will equip them to continue to contribute to their communities at the conclusion of their time at the school. We also aim to foster enhanced student respect for themselves, their school community and the broader community by encouraging their involvement in the many diverse elements of each of those communities.
The student leadership model at Suzanne Cory High School has been developed with considerable input from the student body. In early 2014, a number of year-level based Student Forums were conducted, where student opinion on leadership opportunities and ideas for models of leadership structures were canvassed. As a result, the following are the key features of the SCHS Student Leadership Model commencing in 2014.
(In addition to school-wide leadership roles, SCHS also offers numerous leadership roles within the School’s House structure. These are discussed on the House page. The two models are designed to work in a complementary way, to allow maximum student leadership opportunities.)
Home Group Captain
Each Home Group elects a male and a female Home Group Captain
The role of the captain includes:
- Assisting the Home Group teacher during Home Group time and Tutorial sessions
- Promoting Home Group ‘spirit’ and cohesion. In some cases that may involve developing a Home Group project or event for the year.
- Liaising with the House Captain/s or House Co-Curricular Leaders on behalf of the Home Group regarding participation in House events.
- Reading the Bulletin, collecting and returning the Home Group folder each day to the Front Office
Students are also welcome to initiate interest groups which are overseen by a particular teacher, but organised and run by student leaders. These student leaders are either founding members of the group or elected by members of the group.
Groups such as the Social Justice Group and a newly formed Anime Club have been started by enthusiastic students who get together regularly to meet with peers who have similar interests, feel safe and free to discuss their views and ideas and organise special events.