St Helena Secondary College sees student voice as an integral part of its decision making process and aims to maximise it through structures that have been set up within the school community. It is the responsibility of our whole school community to create opportunities for student leadership and foster values of responsibility, respect and a commitment to achieving their personal best.
St Helena Secondary College aims to promote student leadership in areas such as:
College Captain: Two College Captains and Vice Captains are elected for the start of each school year, they are required to demonstrate a commitment to the college values, be articulate and represent the college at public events. The College Captains along with the Vice Captains lead the SRC and sit on the school council as student representatives.
Senior Student Leaders: Two Senior leaders from various domains (to be confirmed and agreed annually) are elected for the start of each school year. These student leaders serve as a link between the student body and their domain area leaders. They are required to assist in the organisation of all events relating to their domain area.
Form Captains: Two Form Group Captains are elected for each Form Group in the school, they are required to assist in the daily organisation of the school by reading out the Daily Bulletin, taking the roll, running fund raisers and assisting to build a good rapport within their Form Group. Form Group Captains also sit on the Student Representative Council.
Year Level Captains: Two Year Level Captains are elected at the start of each school year, their role is to serve as the student voice of their year level. They help run year level assemblies, organise year level events, attend student leaders meetings on a weekly basis and are expected to provide assistance to members of their year level who are in need of support and keep their Year Level Manager informed of student matters relating to their year level.
House Captains: At the start of each, two house captains from each mini school are elected for each of the four houses, they are required to run house assemblies, attend house meetings and assist with the organisation of house events across all domains.
Peer Mediators: Five peer mediators are elected from years 10 and 11 each year, they have been trained to work with students to help assist in solving disputes.
The following programs are offered to students in order to encourage and support their participation in student leadership:
- Student captains
- Peer mediators
- Peer Support Program
- High Resolves
- Student Representative Council
- Principal advisory committee
- Principal for a Day
- GRIP leadership
- House system
- World Challenge
- Peer support
- Student interest groups
- Student led forums
- Student led Youth Summit
- Balwyn High School leadership day