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Student Leadership

Overview

In line with the school’s philosophy of “everyone can learn, everyone can achieve, everyone can contribute”, It is our belief that every student can be a leader as each student has the power to influence in some ways at some point in life, be it in the family, in school, in one’s social circles, and one day, in the workplace. These may be formal positions with authority or informal roles with no official authority. We believe that leadership begins with self and goes beyond self (school’s motto). Hence, leadership in JVS is less about position but more on a mindset demonstrated through role modeling the school values. 

Student Leadership Framework

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The focus for leadership development is to cultivate in our students the ability to lead and inspire self and others. The JVS student leadership framework focuses on imbuing our students with the requisite skills for leadership development, in order to be caring leaders who are empowered and enlightened to lead and serve. Using the LEARN-ACHIEVE-CONTRIBUTE school-wide approach, JVS develops its students through a systematic way by using the 3 levels of leadership from Personal leadership, Team leadership to Organizational leadership through the three domains of Leadership Programme, CCA Programme and Beyond-Self Empowerment Programme. We aim to first develop the student from within and then reaching out to the people around and eventually rising up to the occasion and/or position where the student is able to impact the community and beyond. 

Level of leadership

Objectives

Competencies

 

Programmes

1 Personal leadership

(Individual level)

·         To understand that there is a leader in everyone as leadership is influence

·         To understand the importance of managing one’s own emotions and state of mind in leading self

·         To be aware of the 5 fundamentals of The Leadership Challenge

·         To understand practice of “Model the Way” and the importance of being anchored in the right values

·         To discover their personal leadership styles and strengths

Students are able to know about leadership styles, personality types, preferences and blind spots

 

Uphold school values by setting personal example

Follow through on the promises and commitments made

 

Ask for feedback about the impact of actions

 

Basic leadership workshop, Enrichment workshop, Orientation Camp

2 Team leadership

(Class level)

·         To understand and apply the leadership practices of “Enable others to act” and “Challenge the process”.

·         To be equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be a caring leader confident to lead a team.

·         To strengthen students’ confidence in leading

 

Able to facilitate group discussion as well as encouraging participation within a group of students

 

Able to foster cooperative relationships

 

Able to treat others with dignity and respect

 

Able to plan and organize class-based and school-based events

 

Able to delegate and assign roles and duties to others

 

Able to seek innovative ways to change, grow and improve

Class committee training, LEO Club,

In-house and external trainings

3 Organizational leadership

(School level)

- To enhance students’ ability to manage school and external events and projects

- To empower students with influencing and mentoring skills

- To build up task and people management skills

Able to develop action plans to achieve desired outcomes

 

Able to communicate effectively with others

 

Able to enlist others in a common vision

 

Able to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of others

 

Able to encourage, praise and appreciate the contributions of others

Student council training, service learning programme


JVS is committed to developing our students to be role models in leading and serving. This is achieved through a structured approach, which is grounded on character development and based on Kouzes and Posner's Leadership Challenge Model. The Model identifies five key leadership practices as follows:

Leadership Practices

 

Brief Description

Training Focus for the level

1    Modelling the Way

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Leaders must start first, creating standards of excellence and setting an example for others to follow.

Sec. 1

2    Inspiring a Shared Vision

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Leaders passionately believe that they can make a difference and need to communicate it effectively so others take it as their own.

Sec. 2

3    Challenging the Process

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Leaders are innovators. They are willing to challenge the norm and say ‘Why NOT?’ instead of ‘Why?’

 

 

 

Sec. 3

4    Enabling Others to  
 Act

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Leaders actively involve others and strive to create an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.

5    Encouraging the
      Heart

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Leaders must recognise contributions that others make. Always make others feel like heroes.

Sec. 4/5


Updates in 2015

Processes have been enhanced this year to maximise learning opportunities and outcomes.  

The training programme focused on event-management and effective communication while maintaining alignment with the K&P Leadership Challenge Model. We continued to organise in-house trainings and leveraged on external trainings to optimise the learning opportunities for our student leaders. A highlight this year was the inaugural Student Leaders' Camp in June, which equipped our student leaders with structured event-management skills. We also continued to leverage on the NYAA to challenge our student leaders to stretch themselves in the leadership domain.

Student leadership events were re-framed with Student Councillors fronting the events and leading other student leader groups in the process. For example, the Meet-the-Parents (MTP) sessions and the Speech Day saw our Student Councillors leading and modelling the way to other student leaders to render their services as ushers and school ambassadors. This was also the case during the Student Suggestion Drive which sought to gather feedback from the student body for improvement of school practices.