Leadership development is an important part of a Columba College education with many opportunities available designed to increase self-confidence and independence, to develop personal strengths and capabilities and to provide students with ways to give back to their school through leadership and service.
Through becoming involved in leadership, students experience for themselves the close relationship between leadership and service.
Students are encouraged to suggest initiatives and new ways in which they might show leadership. The School Council is a student-led forum that meets regularly and where students (through their Years 7 to 13 Form Captains and Deputies) are able to discuss matters of interest, make recommendations and decide on the expenditure of funds raised by students.
Particular attention is paid to ensuring the close connection between the Junior School and the Senior School through providing students in Years 12 and 13 with the opportunity to be a Class Senior to a Years 0 to 8 class. Students in Years 10 and 11 are able to volunteer to assist with lunch-hour activities for the Junior School children, and the After School Care programme for Years 0 to 8 also provides opportunities for leadership and service for students in the secondary school.
For the senior girls in Year 13, there are several Prefect positions. They include: Head Prefect; Deputy Head Prefect (two positions); Head of House; Deputy Head of House; President of the School Council; three or four Prefect positions; Chapel Prefect and Deputy Chapel Prefect; Cultural Prefect and Deputy Cultural Prefect; Environmental Prefect; Health Promoting Schools’ Prefect; International Prefect and Deputy International Prefect; Head Librarian and Deputy Head Librarian; Music Prefect and Deputy Music Prefect; Peer Support Prefect and Deputy Peer Support Prefect; Sports Prefect and Deputy Sports Prefect; Technology Prefect.
Year 13 students are also elected to the positions of House Captains and Deputies for the four Houses, and selected as Year 9 Peer Support Leaders. A Year 13 Leadership Day is also held each year in which all Year 13 students participate.
Leadership opportunities are not, however, confined to Year 13 students. Many students from different Year levels are involved in the following:
After School Care programme
Buddy for a new student
Captain of a Sports team/Leadership rôle in a club or cultural activity
Class Senior (to a Years 0 to 8 class)
Coaching a Sports team
Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award
Form Captain/Deputy Form Captain
Junior School lunch-hour supervision and activities
Peer Support training
School Council representatives
Spirit of Adventure
Sports Captain (all the main sporting codes have a Sports Captain)
Stage Challenge/School Musical
Through opportunities such as these to lead and also to serve, Columba College students are equipped with the life-long skills and habits to ensure they will lead and serve in their future careers.