Student Leadership & Decision Making Opportunities
The Esperance Primary School Student Council comprises of eight students who provide effective, visual leadership to the student body. Under the guidance of staff, these students regularly meet and perform numerous duties that assist in the running of everyday school procedures and allow them to prove themselves as fantastic role models for their peers. As student representatives, the Student Councillors also provide student voice as opportunities are presented.
Early this year, the Councillors participated in a Leadership Day off campus where they were able to reflect on the leadership qualities they already possess as well as identify and learn the new leadership skills which allow them to perform their role at school. Since then, students have run leadership days with fellow student leaders from other schools and will participate in more of these occasions.
Faction Captains and Vice Captains
The Faction Captains and Vice Captains have provided important leadership and their management of the school recess and lunchtime sport equipment provide many benefits to students.
The Heartbeats also promoted student leadership through their role modelling of an active healthy lifestyle, skipping workshops and demonstrations.
Buddies between classes proved to be a fun and supportive way for students to interact. Students in the older years perform many roles, including induction, reading to and generally helping their younger buddy in learning activities in a safe and supportive environment.
The Peer Support Program
The Peer Support Program, allows our Year 6 students to train as Peer Leaders. Peer Support commences in Term 2 with its focus this year being on ‘Speaking Up’ which was based on an anti-bullying approach. Students from Years 1-5 are in mixed groups and assigned up to three Peer Leaders. The Peer Leaders conducted eight 30 minute lessons on ‘Speaking–Up’ over a four month period.
The lessons focussed on teaching the skills of: decision making, problem solving, assertiveness, empathy and relationship building. Students were taught to identify bullying behaviours, develop strategies to deal with bullying, encourage the reporting of bullying and take responsibility for their role in a possible bullying situation while contributing to a positive school. As part of a Behaviour Management community session with parents and carers, the Peer Support Program was explained and discussed with interested people.