St Francis Xavier’s aims to provide opportunities to develop and cultivate leadership qualities within all students. We aim to instil in students a strong sense of social justice through the service of others.
Students from Year 6 are all eligible to become School Leaders. In Term 3, all Year 5 students attend a Regional Leadership Forum that helps them to appreciate and understand the roles, responsibilities and expectations of a School Leader. In November, after more leadership workshops, the Year 5 students who believe they have what it takes to be a School Leader put their names forward for nomination. Six children are selected from those nominated, they present a speech to the school community and the successful four nominees are elected by a general ballot across the school. The successful students are presented with their leader badges at the opening school Mass.
The leaders perform a number of ceremonial roles on special occasions and are responsible for setting a good example of being responsible, respectful and safe at all times.
They have responsibility for representing the school at community functions – CARITAS launch, Catholic Schools Week Mass, ANZAC March, as well as school based activities such as working bees.
The leaders see a major part of their role to be problem solvers and forward thinkers. The leaders run the Mission Day activities throughout the year and other social justice initiatives as they present. They are true role models for students in younger years.