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Student leadership

How to Help Prepare Your Child to be a School Leader.​​

At Hilliard State School, we focus on developing our students’ leadership skills through formal leadership opportunities and practical leadership experiences. Our approach recognises that students can be leaders across many different areas, and that leadership skills learnt in primary school can lay the foundations for future leadership opportunities.

Students don't have to be school captains or house captains to be considered leaders. We encourage our students to be leaders in the classroom and playground, through their support for other students, or their involvement in academic, sporting, cultural or community events and projects.

We believe that opportunities for Student Leadership help enhance a positive school culture and harmonious learning environment - making our great school even better.

Leadership Characteristics
Leaders are role models in our school. We expect that they display the following characteristics:
  • Responsibility, Confidence, Getting Along, Integrity, Resilience, Creativity, Organisation
  • Care and courtesy, and reliability
  • Positive and enthusiastic
  • Show empathy towards others
  • Show self-control of own feelings and actions
  • Openness (to new ideas and alternative points of view). 
Students are provided with support with how to become a good leader and build the necessary attributes.
Year 6 Leadership Opportunities
Students in official positions will be expected to uphold the school code of behaviour. Such students play a vital role in the school because they represent the needs and wishes of all students in a variety of formal and informal forums and meetings.
Students in Year 6 are offered an opportunity to take on a formal school leadership position. Students are encouraged to self-nominate and apply in writing for these positions. Students eligible for the role of School Captain will be invited to present a speech to the Year 6 cohort, after which, voting will occur (students and staff). Students who poll well will be invited to an interview with the Principal and Deputy Principal or delegate. This process takes place in Term 4, in preparation for the following year. The 30 Student Leadership positions include:
  • School Captains (2) and Vice Captains (2)
  • House Captains (8) and Vice Captains (8)
  • Student Council Presidents (2)
  • Music Captains (2)
  • eLearning Captains (2)
  • Library Captains (2)
  • Environment Captains (2).
Year 5 Leadership Opportunities
All students in Year 5 are invited to participate in the Year 5 Mentor program, working with students in Prep to Year 2. This program supports Year 5 students to be active role models in our school and develop valuable leadership skills. These students wear a lanyard to identify them in and around the school grounds. This program begins in Semester 2 each year.
Year 3-6 Leadership Opportunities
Students in years 3-6 are invited to apply for a position on one of our Student Leadership Teams (2 student representatives per class). These teams target a range of areas in school curriculum and students have an opportunity to work alongside Student Leaders and teacher mentors as part of an effective team, implementing programs and initiating change. The Student Leadership Teams are as follows:
  • Student Council Class Representatives  - led by Student Council Presidents
  • Library Team - led by Library Captains
  • Environment team - led by Environment Captains
  • Events and Community Team - led by School Captains
  • eLearning Team - led by eLearning Captains.

Year P-6 Leadership Opportunities
Class Teachers will provide a range of leadership opportunities for students in their class (can use the iLead@HilliardSS poster to display and promote these) including:
  • Tuckshop monitors, Messengers, Line leaders, Lights/doors/windows/fans, etc.
Other Leadership Experiences
  • Buddy Classes
  • Presenting or performing at assemblies and official functions
  • Meeting and guiding visitors around the school
  • Camps (Leadership, Teamwork, Resilience and Personal Responsibility)
  • Curriculum involvement / activities in the classroom
  • Interschool sport team captains.