Our leadership programme is for Year 8 students at our school.  Students are observed as they progress through the school, leadership skills are fostered and developed.  Year 7 students are given opportunities to develop their leadership skills ready for their final year.  All Year 8 students are leaders and they play an integral part in helping to run our school.

All Year 8 students take part in administration tasks such as: bell ringing, daily notices, minding the phones at morning tea, collecting and delivering lunches, and helping our caretakers at regular intervals.  They are also given the opportunity to volunteer to be Road Patrollers and to help with Junior lunch area duty.

Year 7 and 8 students practice their leadership skills by supervising classes at morning tea and lunchtime on wet or cold days.

This year a group of Year 7 students will attend the 'Grip Student Leadership Conference' at Addington Raceway and a day at Hornby High School learning from Senior Staff about what it is to be a leader.

At the end of the year the Year 7 students are surveyed and asked to choose the ten Year 7 people who show the best WISE qualities in the school - after being shared a scenario.  They are allowed to choose themselves and if they do they are asked to indicate if they would prefer to be a 'School, Peer or House' Leader.  Senior school teachers and senior management are surveyed also and then leadership decisions are made over several meetings.  The final decision is always made by the Principal.  These leaders are announced at the final school assembly and the previous year's leaders present their badges.

Specific differences between leadership roles:
All students organise events.  These have included;  cystic fibrosis house colour day, mobile phone collection for Starship hospital, Westpac helicopter appeal, Kid's Can mufti day, Sport Canterbury Top Team day, school talent quest and a year book.

School Leaders:  Run assemblies and our Senior Team Time (including interclass challenges), show new parents through the school, speak at the ANZAC day service, help run school photo day, and are ambassadors for visitors and for our Transition to School meetings.  They attend the National Young Leaders conference in April each year.

House Leaders:  Help with all sports days, announce the house shield each term, run or assist with students who need help during events.  They use the house flags and toys to build house spirit on the days.  They organise house colour events.  They get to attend the Flag Footy tournament at the end of the year.

Peer Support:  Each Junior class is assigned a 'Peer Support' leader.  They liaise with their class and help in a variety of areas.  It may be reading or spelling assistance, help during topic work or sports days.  They make a point of getting to know the students in their class and play with them in the playground.  They often give out certificates at Junior Wise Time to their classes.  At the end of the year they attend the Junior EOTC day at the Halswell domain to assist and play with their classes.

Leadership at TPS - current leader's perspectives
Did you want to become a leader?
Yes, because I wanted to do something good for the school and I thought becoming a leader would be a good way of doing this.
Yes, I definitely wanted to be a leader.  I wanted to be a leader so that I could do good things for the school.  Becoming a leader is a big part of this for me, and I am very proud to have my leadership roles.

How do you become a leader at TPS?
You definitely have to show responsibility.
You have to show leadership, and responsibility to become a leader at TPS.

What are the different roles?
Peer Support - caring for the little ones and being supportive.
School Leader - responsibility, kindness, be proud.
Road Patrol - leadership, responsibility and initiative.
House Leader - leadership, responsibility and pride.

What have you enjoyed most about being a leader?
Doing cool things and showing that I care for the school.
Doing important leadership things for the school and becoming closer with the juniors.

What have you learned about yourself during this year?
That I can do a lot of things if I try and being a leader has shown me some of these things.
That when I set my mind to do something I can achieve it.
There is a lot of pressure to always be a role model, but it is an amazing opportunity to see what you are capable of doing!

Events and Initiatives

2014 Top Team