St Stithians College Student Leadership for 2021/2022
We take pleasure in announcing the Student Leadership for the Girls' and Boys' Colleges for 2021/2022.
Our Girls' College announced their Leadership with an online celebration in Term 2 of 2021 and more recently, our Boys' College announcement took place. We share with you the details around each of the Leadership teams and wish them all well for the year ahead.
The Leadership Philosophy at St Stithians College is one which encourages our students to be Leaders One and All.
The leadership programme at St Stithians Girls’ College is based on Robert Greenleaf’s principles of servant leadership. We believe that every girl has a part to play. We endeavour to create opportunities for all girls to lead through service to the school and to the community. We embrace the philosophy of Seriti: an awareness of the shadow that we cast, the legacy that we leave and a need to treat others with dignity.
Our leadership is based on strong democratic principles. We strive to make leadership about serving a need rather than badge or position. We strive to empower and inspire our girls to become strong, confident young women, ready to take their part in shaping South Africa and the world. We are leaders, one and all.
Saints girls are servant leaders – this relies on four principles:
- Every girl is a leader
- Leadership is knowing your best self
- Leadership is all about community – the other
- Leadership is essentially about service
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.
We wish our Leaders, One and All an inspired year ahead.
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