Student leadership


​Student Leadership at Hilliard SS

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 and supporting general life skills.

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).

Year 6 Leadership Opportunities - Student Leaders

Students in formal school leadership 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. They are encouraged to self-nominate and apply in writing for these positions and a formal process is undertaken to appoint the most suitable applicants. This process takes place in Term 4, in preparation for the following year. The 16 Student Leadership positions include:

  • School Captains (4)
  • Student Leaders (12)
  • First Nations Leaders (2) NEW in 2022!

Year 5 Leadership Opportunities – Year 5 Mentor Program

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 takes place in Semester 2 each year.

Year 3-5 Leadership Opportunities – Class Leaders

Students in Years 3-5 are invited to apply for a position on one of our Student Leadership Teams (maximum of 2 student representatives for each of the three areas per class). These teams target a range of areas in school curriculum and students have an opportunity to work alongside Student School Leaders and teacher mentors as part of an effective team, implementing programs and initiating change. The Student Leadership Teams are as follows (meetings occur up to twice per term):

  • Student Council Class Leader led by Student Council Presidents
  • Environment Class Leader led by Environmental Captains
  • eLearning Class Leader led by eLearning Captains

Year 3-5 Class Teachers will appoint students in their class to these positions after receiving and considering written applications.​

Last reviewed 22 June 2022
Last updated 22 June 2022