Student Leadership Programme
Student Leadership Development (SLD)
- To equip each WRS student with leadership skills using “The Leadership Challenge” model to manage self;
- To enable WRS students to make a positive difference to others in the community;
- To provide opportunities for Student Leaders to hone their leadership skills in leading and serving the school and community.
In WRS, we believe that all our students are leaders.
First and foremost, they must be able to lead themselves before they can lead and serve others. Through their actions, they can then inspire others to follow.
That is why student leadership development in our school enables all students to be equipped with leadership skills to manage self and to make a positive difference to others.
To achieve our WRS CCE desired outcomes of Active Citizens, Vibrant Leaders, the following principles guide us.
- Set high expectations – a values-driven leadership development ground leadership in sound values and ensures that these future nation contributors would ethically achieve goals.
- Teach Lifeskills – a student-centric leadership development caters to differentiated groups of leaders and provides them with an authentic experiential learning environment to hone their 21CC & SEL skills.
- Provide Opportunities – numerous platforms for Student Leaders to initiate and take the lead in planning and executing level-wide or school-wide events.
All these are done by leveraging students’ voice, role modeling and community partnership.
Tiered Approach to SLD
Level 1 – Leading Self
- Learning for Life Programme (LLP) for all Lower Secondary students
The LLP is a 10 weeks programme per level where students learn the three practices of TLC (Model the Way, Enable Others to Act and Encourage the Heart) through real-life experiential learning.
Level 2 – Leading Peers
- Class Leaders Learning Circle
- SLD Workshop for newly appointed S1 Student Councillors
- TLC Camp for S2 Student Leaders
Level 3 – Leading Student Population
- Opportunities to plan and execute level-wide/school-wide events
- S3 Inter-class Game during Teach-the-Child Programme
- Total Defence Week
- Class Leaders’ Investiture
- S2 Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) Camp
- Student Leaders’ Investiture
- Racial Harmony Day
- National Day
- Teachers and Staff Appreciation Day (TASAD)
- Global Classroom Experience (Overseas Community Involvement Project) in Thailand
- S1 Registration Day
- S1 Orientation Programme
- An Evening with Parents (termly)
Level 4 – Mentoring others
- S4 Student Leaders Council (Executive Committee)
The Leadership Challenge Model
The student leaders are trained using “The Leadership Challenge” model, a leadership development programme created by bestselling authors James Kouzes and Barry Posner. Through their extensive research, five fundamental practices common to extraordinary leadership achievement emerged. These five practices continue to prove its effectiveness in cultivating and liberating the leadership potential in anyone – at any level – who chooses to accept the challenge to lead.
|Model the way||Clarify values by finding your voice and affirming shared ideals.
Set the example by aligning actions with shared values.
|Inspire a shared vision
|Envision the future by imagining exciting and ennobling possibilities.
Enlist others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations.
|Challenge the process
|Search for opportunities by seizing the initiative and by looking outward for innovative ways to improve.
Experiment and take risks by constantly generating small wins and learning from experience.
|Enable others to act||Foster collaboration by building trust and facilitating relationships.
Strengthen others by increasing self-determination and developing competence.
|Encourage the heart||Recognise contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence.
Celebrate the values and victories by creating a spirit of community.