At St Stithians Boys’ College, the underpinning philosophy of our leadership programme is the concept of serving leadership that finds its foundation in the Jesuit Leadership Principles. Furthermore, we believe that every boy has the ability to lead, and as a matric, therefore, each student is awarded a leadership tie in recognition of their role-modelling and their influence as leaders and seniors in the College.
There are a variety of areas where leadership is offered, and training is promoted through the B2K or Bezant to Knight Programme. This is a weekly lesson where teachers and students alike grapple with the nuances of leadership, from self-awareness to team building, to heroic leadership and serving leadership, to mentorship. In addition lessons, are facilitated once every two weeks by the seniors, where discussions about leadership take place from Grade 8 to matric.
Leadership tends to be a buzzword in schools and in the corporate world, and what separates St Stithians from other schools is leadership in action, or taking the theory and putting it into practice.
Leadership is offered in the following areas throughout the school:
- Prefect training and prefectship
- The Matric Committee system
- Sports captains’ training workshops
- Common Purpose Leadership Course
- Outdoor Rites of Passage Programme
Through our Leadership Programme we aim to teach balanced leadership grounded in honesty and integrity.
This system is entwined with our rites of passage, and the process of growth from receiving a symbolic bezant in Grade 8, when joining the school, to the awarding of the Saints Knight in matric. The values espoused in leadership are those that will enable our students to be responsible citizens who act and behave with a sound set of personal morals, and thereby lead by example in their spheres of influence.