Secondary School – Student Leadership
The goal of the School Leadership Programme is to develop a diverse range of empowered young women with an in-depth understanding of leadership. The programme creates individuals with an appreciation of what leadership means to them and what kind of leader they are or would like to be. Finally, when students leave Chilton they understand how to lead and how to contribute as part of a team. They are equipped with the skills and the tools to make their impact on the world.
Years 7 ‒ 10 participate in a programme called ‘Shapes and Sizes’. During year group meetings, outdoor education and form time, students explore the concept that everyone has leadership skills. They learn to recognise value and employ leadership skills relevant to their age group.
Opportunities to attend locally run leadership programmes are a feature of the programme.
The Years 11 ‒13 Leadership Programme is designed as a series of steps resulting in the preparation of students for their final year at Chilton. The Year 11 programme begins with an introduction to leadership from within. Students consider what leadership means to them and what makes a good leader. From these discussions the students begin to focus on their role as a leader and consider the kind of leader they would like to be and the strengths that they have.
Year 12 students build on their exploration in Year 11 by striving to meet the challenges set during their week at the Outdoor Pursuits Centre. The second phase of the programme is skill-based; addressing the specific skills required moving into Year 13. These skill-based modules include Event Management and Time Management. Late in Term Three, Year 12 students are invited to submit written applications for positions on School Council and a range of leadership positions.
In Year 13 there are unique challenges faced by not only the School Council but the entire year group. The purpose of the leadership programme at this stage is to prepare these students for these challenges. The year begins with a full day leadership programme focusing on the acceleration of leadership awareness and developing a personal philosophy for leadership. This theme is re-addressed later in the first Term and provides the backdrop for all programmes supporting Year 13 to unveil their leadership potential. Each member of the Year 13 cohort identifies a Council committee that they will support.
Outside of School Council, Secondary students have the opportunity to take on or be appointed to such roles as: School Patrol Captain, Library Captain, Civil Defence Captain, Choral Captain, Orchestra Leader, Kapa Haka Captain, Captain of Sports Teams, Members of the Ball Committee and of the Memorabilia Committee.