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Student leadership

At Sandgate State School we believe that an effective 'Student Leadership' program should include a broad range of experiences for students in year 5 and 6. Our program aims to build the understandings and skills of leadership through the curriculum and the many, varied activities of school life. In this way students develop their individual capacity to lead and influence others in a responsible manner. Student leadership activities link strongly with learning about citizenship and the processes involved in a democracy. All students should learn about, and exercise, the rights and responsibilities of participating in a community that values social justice.  

What are the key principles of the Student Leadership Framework?

  • All students have the potential to develop leadership skills over time.

  • All students have the right to develop and demonstrate leadership skills.

  • All students will have the opportunity to engage in new challenges.

  •  All students will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions.

  • Leadership opportunities should be provided within a real life, challenging curriculum.

  • Leadership experiences should build upon previous learning.

  • Leadership opportunities should provide for, and encourage, equal participation by boys and girls.

  • A range of styles of student leadership should be offered.

  • Leadership opportunities need to be offered in ways which do not unlawfully discriminate against any groups in the school.

  • Leadership roles need to be perceived as valuable by the students and the school.

  • Leadership skills, knowledge, attitudes and values are encouraged and developed through a wide range of school programs and activities.

  • Students should be encouraged to apply leadership skills to initiatives which strengthen the school community.

  • Leadership opportunities are an important strategy for promoting equity, including gender equity. It is important to understand and address invisible barriers which work against the participation of students in some groups.

Student leadership body consists of:

Student leaders - any student in their final year of primary school who demonstrates the criteria of the role of student leader.

School captain - two school captains are chosen each year through a democratic process where they deliver a campaign speech and students in the preceding two year levels along with staff vote.  

House captains - two house captains per sports house are chosen by staff.

Music captains - four-six music captains are chosen to lead the music program by staff.

Student council chairperson - this student is part of the student leadership team and chosen by staff from the remaining school captain candidates to lead the student council body and liaise with the school captains and staff.

Student council class representatives - each class in the middle and senior pods will elect a class representative to act on the student council body on their behalf.