Saturday, February 17, 2018

Student Leadership Development Russell Street School - Hautūtanga 1

He Whakatauki:
Inā kei te mohio koe ko wai koe, I anga mai koe I hea, kei te mohio koe, kei te anga atu ki hea -
If you know who you are and where you are from, then you will know where you are going.

At Russell Street School, Leadership has been a concept we have been loosely following for a number of years. We have a belief that by the time children are Year 5 and 6 they will all have an opportunity to develop leadership through a responsibility in a specific area.

Some areas we have improved are
  • creating responsibilities from innovations within the school e.g. Scooter Park Squad, Moo Crew etc.
  • upskilling and uplifting the profile of Peer Mediators
  • spreading responsibility of overseeing student roles around these leadership support around the whole school e.g. Junior teachers supporting Moo Crew and Road Patrol
  • structuring the timetable and groups so that there is a House Leader / School Ambassador and a teacher co-leading the responsibility so there is a chance for tuakana / teina relationships to flourish

So what might this look like?

  • Teachers decide what area they would like to develop. Write your name in the space provided.
  • Student leaders decide what area they would like to lead.
  • Co-leaders (teachers and student leaders) meet to discuss roles, responsibilities and goals.
  • Make a plan.
  • By this time, other senior students would have chosen a leadership area e.g. Scooter Squad, Moo Crew
  • Co-leaders (teachers and student leaders) action their plan.
  • developing a timetable / expectation doc. For example,

  • Moo Crew
    Sports Crew
    Outdoor Crew
    Art Fairies
    Jada / Martin
    Cole / Lachie /Martin/ Steph
    Izzy / Lydia / Kate
    Danika / Amber / Eva
    Job description
    The Moo Crew Team need to give out and collect in the milk each day. They need to restock the fridge and flatten the cardboard boxes.
    Do they keep an eye on the bins and change the bags or advise that they are full.
    Organise games or activities at lunch times for younger children twice a week - supervise and put gear away
    Take turns to supervise a limited collection of sports gear the rest of the school borrows and returns at lunchtimes
    Job Description:
    Scooter park squad- SPS
    Alternate with the sports crew eg. Organise events like an obstacle course on the field for bikes?
    Two buddies spend 5 mins every afternoon tidying and organising the art room.
    Ordering art supplies.
    Organising art activities at lunch times.

    As we have increased our understanding of leadership, there is a real need to analyse what this looks like at Russell Street School (leadership team, teaching team, support staff team and learners)
    and thus a focused inquiry into exploring leadership is called for.

    My personal growing view is that leadership is about facilitating change towards a vision. It's not just about organising and doing stuff. This is "managing". Think about this for a moment. What's your vision? What is the "future you", you picture in your head when you close your eyes?

    My growing opinion is that we might have multiple visions for ourselves: our vision for our families, our homes, our jobs, our bodies, our minds, our lifestyles, our souls, our weekends., you get the picture. These visions are our "why's", or our "purpose". For these visions to become a reality we need to make purposeful efforts towards them otherwise we are just scrambling around "doing stuff". So what's your why?

    Hautūtanga is a form of Leadership, it’s when every person is supported to discover their own true talents, skills and passions. So they can confidently captain their own waka as they explore the world around them.

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