Developing Leaders who strive to serve their community.
School camps | GRIP Leadership Programme | Buddy Programme | Cross Trainers | Student Representative Council (SRC) | The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award | Upper Hunter Youth Council | National Student Leadership Summit | Upper Hunter Leadership Summit | Burn Bright workshops
You don’t have to wear a badge to be a leader. Leaders grow and leaders are developed. They are not just naturally born leaders. This is fundamental to our growth mindset.
Developing leadership traits parallels our Grammar Minds approach. Tapping into each individual’s interests, passions, God given talents and God-given character strengths stretches each member of our school community to lead an aspect of Scone Grammar School life that brings joy to them. This joy or positive emotion is infectious and draws other to jump onboard for the journey. It also encourages each leader to stretch themselves in a way that feels very natural due to their enjoyment.
Leadership development is the core of every aspect of our life within our Scone Grammar School community, drawing out the best in each and every one of us, whether we’re leading or drawing inspiration to follow, stretch ourselves and experience something new… to be the best learners we can be.
Aside from explicitly taught leadership skills in our weekly wellbeing programme, there are number of specific leadership development programmes in place throughout our learning community.
From Kindergarten through to year 11, each year group goes on camp and each year as they grow and develop, our students are stretched just a little beyond their comfort zone, organically developing leadership and team work skills in a secure environment of belonging.
Grip Leadership Programme
Each of our year 6 and 11 students are involved in a GRIP Leadership conference focused solely on training and developing leaders.
Each of our students from years 7 and 11 are also involved in a buddy programme, teaming a student from each together and the combined group also go on a Leadership and peer support camp. Year 6 are also buddies for Kindergarten students in a relationship they commence in the year before when they are year 5 and future Kindergarten students are still in Preschool.
Our Cross Trainers group includes a voluntary group of students from years 3-6 who work together to initiate contributions from the Primary School to chosen charities within the community.
Student Representative Council (SRC)
We have a SRC, which involves two students from each year from years 3-5 and 7-11 working together to represent our students’ best interests and draw students together within our SGS community. These students are appointed by staff each year, highlighted for leadership potential. Their shared goal is to make the school and our community a better place and an environment in which students may thrive.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
This award empowers students to explore their full potential and find their purpose, passion and place in the world. To earn an Award, each young person must learn a skill, improve their physical wellbeing, volunteer in their community and experience a team adventure in a new environment.
Upper Hunter Youth Council
A few of our Secondary students are involved in the Upper Hunter Youth Council, which involves a selection of students from each Secondary school in the Upper Hunter, working together to provide a common voice to represent youth in this area, champion causes close to their hearts, fundraise for charities and develop leadership qualities in the process. It is a great opportunity to mix with and build connections with students from other schools.
National Student Leadership Summit
Sponsored and encouraged by Upper Hunter Where there’s a Will, some Year 11 students are selected by their schools for their leadership potential, to attend the National Student Leadership Summit at St Peters College in Adelaide. Students interact with approximately 120 leaders from school across Australia throughout a day of intensive training focusing on how they can make a difference in their schools and communities as leaders.
Upper Hunter Leadership Summit
The students who attend the National Summit use the skills they have learnt, and upon return, design and deliver a Student Leadership Summit to meet the needs of 150 students in Years 10 and 11 from the five Upper Hunter Secondary schools.
Burn Bright Workshops
Engaged by Where there’s a Will, Burn Bright provides a one-day Burn Bright Workshop for students from years 8-10, selected by their schools identified as “influencers” in their year/ peer groups. For example: They might be a sporting team captain, a dance leader, a standout in the chess or computer team, an influencer in their peer group. One hundred and fifty students each calendar year are involved in a range of activities to assist in developing positive relationships between themselves, and by ripple effect, their schools, families and community.