As important members of the school community, students are valued for the contributions they can make to the school and leadership potential is encouraged and supported.
At St Patrick's, leadership is about motivating, influencing and directing people to work together to achieve goals in accordance with the school's values and beliefs. It is important for students to experience school leadership opportunities in order to learn how to build relationships, define their identity and achieve tasks effectively. Student leadership provides an opportunity to learn to identify and display effective communication and interpersonal skills.
St Patrick's is very proud of our student leaders. These students are ambassadors who embody our school values and motto. The school offers both formal and informal leadership opportunities for our students. We hope that all of our students would think of themselves as leaders through modelling appropriate behaviour, helping students needing assistance and generally exhibiting traits that set an example for others.
Formal leadership positions include School Leaders, Sport Leaders and the Student Representative Council (SRC). School leaders are elected by the student body and act as an organisational team representing all students. Four School Leaders and eight Sport Leaders are elected by students in Years 2 to 6. These students are commissioned at the Opening School Mass, receiving the symbolic ‘Light of Leadership’’ and their badges, which are blessed during the service.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
Our School Leaders take an active role in all aspects of the school community and work with others to achieve the best possible outcomes. They are approachable, reliable and trustworthy and their duties involve communication with staff and students, public speaking at assemblies and school events. Our school leaders represent the school body at Diocesan and community events and are positive role models for all students with regards to behaviour and presentation.
The role of the Sport Leader is to encourage all students to participate in sporting activities. They coordinate House events such as the athletics carnival. Sport Leaders are approachable and reliable and demonstrate enthusiasm for their House, thereby encouraging students to get involved in a range of school activities.
Student Sport Leaders for each of our Sporting Houses are elected by the student body to lead teams at large scale events including the annual swimming and athletics carnivals for Years 2-6. A highlight is the enthusiastic team war cry and the march past. These leaders also assist the coordination of the Infants Athletics Carnival for Kindergarten and Year 1 and organisation of the Sports Shed and equipment use.
Student Sport Leaders represent their Sporting House:
Lawson - BLUE
Gordon - GREEN
Paterson - RED
Kendall - YELLOW
Student Representative Council (SRC)
SRC representatives have a range of duties which include shared leadership of the school assembly, active involvement in school activities and encouraging the involvement of other students in environmental and social justice initiatives. The SRC also organises and leads charity and school events throughout the year. The SRC is chosen by class teachers, representing their grade for the term.