Leaders empowered in comprehensive confab
A recent meeting at Wanguri Primary School drew together the school’s 27 student leaders and four leadership groups.
At the 12 June assembly the groups mingled in a first-time simultaneous gathering of the Student Representative Council, Learning Commission, and sports’ and house captains.
Classroom teacher Angela Pickard said all the groups are functionally different, but all hold “diligence, positivity, and fierce determination as common strengths”.
“The Learning Commission receives input from students and helps make progressive changes; the Student Representative Council organises fun events; the sports captains represent our four sports houses; and the house captains are two school leaders appointed for their final year at Wanguri,” she said.
“The day tested the teamwork capabilities of the groups in a games environment, revealed their strengths and weaknesses, and identified tactics useful in reducing stress and promoting comfort.
“The students honed their collaborative skills by completing tasks such as noughts and crosses, building a marshmallow and spaghetti tower, and through icebreaker activities.
“They recognised speaking up, taking initiative and listening to others, as areas where confidence could be enhanced.
“Each student addressed to themselves a card marked with something they want to work on for the remainder of the year. They will receive these cards in Term 4 and judge if they have developed and grown.
“We also discussed deep breathing strategies, refocusing, and creating confidence through body language.”
Ms Pickard said the occasion was helpful in restarting groups suspended by COVID-19.
“The leadership day was a way to start the ball rolling again, to gather excitement, and assure the kids their roles are still important.”