Student Leadership

Primary

In the primary school at Bishop Druitt College we recognise the importance of providing a range of leadership opportunities for students.

Opportunities are provided for our junior primary students to work with and informally mentor younger students in multi-age groups and through sporting offerings. In Years 3 to 5, students are given an increasing number of areas of responsibility, including environmental awareness, recycling, ensuring that flags are raised, that the bell is rung on time and that more than 100 laptop computers are delivered each session of the day to the appropriate classes.

School captains are elected from our Year 6 cohort after delivering an election speech to senior primary students and staff. These students have significant areas of responsibility, including representing the school at internal and external functions such as Foundation Day, Grandparents’ Day, community ANZAC Day services and Harmony Day.

School captains host weekly primary assemblies, formally report to the college community at Presentation Night, support junior primary class teachers on excursions and at other events, look after lost property and monitor and supervise canteen lines. They also represent the views and needs of the BDC Primary School student body in their weekly meeting with the Head of Primary.

The school captains join six other students to form the Student Representative Council. The SRC is an extremely active group that oversees fundraising for various local, national and international charities. This includes: ensuring that the college meets its significant commitment to sponsoring six disadvantaged children through the World Vision child sponsorship program; supporting Anglicare with their annual Christmas appeal and raising funds to support people in need throughout Australia and around the world. The SRC run the daily junior primary assembly in collaboration with the Junior Primary Coordinator.

The college’s house system also provides leadership opportunities. House captains are elected by their peers and lead their house in sporting and cultural activities. They organise distribution of sporting equipment at lunch times and supervise the sport shed. Each day they set up equipment for Junior Primary gross motor activities.

All Year 6 students attend the Student Leadership Day held annually in Coffs Harbour. Leadership qualities are recognised formally each year with the awarding of the P&F Junior Primary and Senior Primary Awards for leadership at the annual Presentation Night.

Secondary

The Bishop Druitt College vision and values document says of our departing collegians:

“Bishop Druitt college aims to develop graduates who are dynamic caring and optimistic. They will be well-rounded individuals who are grounded in the Anglican way of faith, hope and love”.

In the secondary school we actively promote ways in which students can become involved in the community, both here at school and in a broader sense. Student leadership takes the form of both formal positions and informal opportunities where they can make a difference in the lives of others.

The Bishop Druitt College Student Executive is made up of approximately fourteen Year 12 students who are elected by their peers to represent the student body. There are eight college leaders (the term ‘prefect’ is used in other schools) and six house leaders. These students focus on college fundraising activities, college event organisation (Foundation Day) and student welfare issues. They meet on a weekly basis, chair the secondary assembly and present the ‘Senior Spotlight’ at each assembly.

Year 10 students have the opportunity to become leaders for the college's peer support program for their house group. All Year 10 students are trained in peer support activities and philosophy and apply to their tutor teacher and head of house to become a peer support leader. They are responsible for the Year 7 students within each house and run a program of six peer support sessions throughout Terms 1-3. These sessions include activities based on topics such as belonging and participation.

Year 8 students elect Student Representative Committee (SRC) members from each house group and meet regularly in relation to middle school issues. They are elected by their house peers and represent the middle school for the duration of one year.

House fundraising provides opportunities for students to volunteer their time to charitable causes. Two houses per year are responsible for nominating charities to receive funds and then organising fundraising opportunities such as mufti days and food stalls.

Other opportunities for student leadership can be found through the college co-curricular program. Students can volunteer for activities such as:

  • Assembly presentations (music, drama and speeches)
  • Doorknock appeals
  • Anzac Day commemorations
  • Blood donor promotions
  • College tours
  • College events (greeting guests, performing music and hospitality service)
  • St John’s Anglican Church Op Shop
  • Chalkies Café (hospitality service)

 

 

 

 

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Providing opportunities for students to realise their own leadership potential and be positive role models throughout the college.