Students of all ages are encouraged to develop leadership skills. Opportunities are provided for students to take on formal responsibilities as well as the informal modelling of appropriate behaviours and attitudes in daily interactions and activities. The development of ‘Student Voice’ is a key goal in St Monica’s School Improvement Plan.
Two representatives from Year One through to Year Six are voted onto the council. Year Prep are invited to send two members as observers in Semester Two. Representatives are nominated and voted into their positions by the student body. The role of the SRC is to bring student issues to school leadership and work to develop actions to help meet student, school and community need.
Senior students are expected to model excellent behaviour. They recognise that not only the younger students but the community as a whole looks to them to set the tone for the school. Year Five and Six students wear a different polo shirt to identify them as school leaders. Year Six students also receive leadership jackets after the completion of an excellent Term One.
Training and mentoring in leadership skills is provided in a number of ways. Year Six students attend the Impact Leadership Conference in March. The Student Representative Council (SRC) attends an annual forum and has a council mentor who works with the group developing leadership skills as well as providing support with SRC actions.
Each class has Sports Leaders who support the class in keeping fit and active throughout the week. The Sports Captains are responsible for sporting activity during recesses and lunchtimes. They also work with the P.E. teacher to coordinate sports days and events.