St Brigid’s aims to provide opportunities to develop and cultivate leadership qualities within all students. We aim to instil in students a strong sense of social justice through the service of others.
Students from Year 6 all play an important role as school leaders at St Brigid’s. Year 6 students are responsible for setting a good example of being responsible, respectful and safe at all times.
In Term 4, Year 5 students participate in a Leadership Day that provides them with information on:
- Year 6 responsibilities and expectations
- Effective strategies to assist Kindergarten students and their families in their transition to ‘big school’
- The election process for school parliament.
The election process for school parliament is as follows:
- All candidates complete and return an expression of interest/portfolio to their Year 5 teacher
- After portfolios have been submitted, successful candidates are nominated to progress to the next stage of the selection process. This selection will be made by a committee of Stage 3 staff and the Principal
- The candidates present their speeches to classes 2-6. The speeches elaborate on the comments made in their original portfolio
- Voting is conducted. Each voter (all students in Years 2 to 5 and school staff) completes the ballot paper numbered 1 through to 3
- Voting is counted
- Review of candidates, along with parent and teacher recommendations (completed by school executive team)
- 20 students are selected to form the leadership team for the following year and the Principal sends letters to all families inviting them to congratulate their child when this is announced at the end of year prizegiving and liturgy.
The leaders perform a number of ceremonial roles on special occasions. They meet and liaise often with the school executive team. Some responsibilities of Parliament include:
- Presenting information about school initiatives
- Running of the fortnightly school assemblies
- Involvement in whole school liturgies
- Representing the school at community events e.g. ANZAC Day
- Presenting certificates at morning assemblies.