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Student Leadership

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Every YCKSian is a Confident Leader

Mission

Growing students who are empowered to lead the self to serve their peers and the community through the provision of voice, choice, and space.

Developing the Leadership Capacity of our Students
In Yio Chu Kang Secondary School, we seek to nurture each student’s potential by providing them with ample opportunities to learn and apply their learning through a variety of leadership platforms within and beyond the school context. We adopt a progressive school-wide approach to student leadership development. 

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i.    Secondary One students learn about self-leadership through their level camp which seeks to help them affirm their strengths, needs and values, and to also apply the skills they learnt to facilitate a smoother transition from primary to secondary school.

ii.    Secondary Two students learn about peer leadership through their level camp, where they are taught to appreciate diversity through working with others. This would also help students to foster a better understanding of their peers, sharpening their teamwork, inter-personal skills, and social awareness. 

iii.    Secondary Three students have the opportunity to exercise peer- and community leadership through their Service Learning through Issues Investigation project. This requires students to conceptualise, plan and execute a project that can serve the needs of others within the community. 
       
iv.    Our alumni continue to contribute to the school even after graduation. They are grateful for the various opportunities given to them during their schooling days in Yio Chu Kang Secondary School and hence pay it forward by giving back to the school. They mentor their juniors and share valuable knowledge to help others in their CCAs, or in the various Student Leadership groups. Some alumni have also been invited to share their experiences through school-wide talks.

At all levels, students continue to have opportunities to take on informal leadership roles through projects or school events. We firmly believe that all students can be a leader as they demonstrate self-leadership through positive role-modelling.

Key Personnel IC: Ms Michelle Lim [SH Student Leadership & Student Well-Being] [ext. 135]



Additional Students Leadership Opportunities

Students who are identified with the potential and suitability to take on official appointments within the class (i.e. Class Leaders), CCA (i.e. CCA Leaders) or at school-level (i.e. Student Councillors and Sports Leaders) will be given different opportunities and platforms to develop their leadership competencies. 

The following outlines the key groups of Student Leaders in Yio Chu Kang Secondary School.

       i.    Class Leaders play an integral role in forging a strong class spirit while assisting teachers with simple administrative duties. A Class Committee is established in every class and comprises a Class Chairperson, Vice-Chairpersons, as well as Subject Representatives for each subject the class is taking (including non-examinable areas as determined by the teachers). Students will have opportunities to volunteer for an appointment in the Committee or be nominated by the teacher if they are deemed suitable for a specific role (e.g., Class Chairperson).

     ii.    CCA Leaders are appointed in each CCA. They work closely with the CCA teachers-in-charge to shape the culture of the CCA, mentor their juniors, as well as role-model positive qualities that are key to achieving success in the various CCAs (e.g., commitment, sportsmanship, discipline). Depending on the needs and profile of the CCA, CCA Leaders are often appointed at Secondary 2 and/ or 3. The appointment of CCA Leader(s) is done by the CCA teachers-in-charge after close discussion and careful deliberation.

    iii.    Student Councillors advocate for the student body on general schooling or student matters. Student Councillors work in close partnership with the school management, staff, and students to surface key concerns amongst students and propose suggested solutions. They also have opportunity to plan and implement school-wide activities and serve in key school events. This leadership opportunity is suitable for students who are keen to serve the school and student body. Interested Secondary 1 or 2 students can apply; however, only suitable students will be appointed following several rounds of selections by a team of teachers. The Student Council EXCO is the pinnacle group of Student Leaders who are voted in and selected to lead the Student Council and student body.   

    iv.    Sports Leaders are sports ambassadors and advocates of an active and healthy lifestyle. Similar to their peers in the Student Council, the Sports Leaders work in close partnership with the school management, staff, and students to plan and implement school-wide sporting- and health-related activities. They also have opportunity to support sports events beyond the school-level. This leadership opportunity is suitable for students with a strong passion for sports and sporting-related activities.  Interested Secondary 1 or 2 students can apply; however, only suitable students will be appointed following several rounds of selections by a team of teachers. 

To forge a caring school community where students feel safe and have a sense of belonging, the school has been strengthening its efforts in peer support and relationships.  To this end, students with suitable dispositions or leadership qualities have been identified and appointed Peer Support Ambassadors. Peer Support Ambassadors play a crucial role in looking out for their peers and building strong networks of positive relationships within and beyond the classroom. Currently, a student can only be appointed a PSA through teachers’ nomination.

Developing our Student Leaders

The school provides customised training for the various groups of Student Leaders, in addition to our school-wide approach. This is because the needs and skills required for each group of Student Leaders are different.

    1. Student Leaders in general may have the opportunity to attend dialogue sessions, conferences, workshops or even camps. Some of these events are organised by MOE HQ, other schools, or vendors. 

    2. Peer Support Ambassadors will be trained to hone his/ her skills in active listening, communication, and self-management, which are important qualities to prepare our students to be future-ready.  This group of Student Leaders will also be given opportunities to spearhead, plan and execute school-wide initiatives on various peer-support related topics such as mental health, cyber wellness and building friendships in school.

    3. CCA Leaders may be selected to attend camps or trainings which are useful to impart CCA-specific leadership skills and technical knowledge. Each CCA also nominates selected students to attend the Youth Leadership Development Camp, an annual leadership camp planned and executed by selected Student Councillors and Sports Leaders.

    4. Sports Leaders have the opportunity to plan and execute sporting-related activities in the school, such as a week-long Recess Challenge where students come together to do a short 1-minute sporting challenge.  Sports Leaders also assist in the execution of the school’s annual Sports Carnival.
               
    5. Student Councillors play an integral role in many school events.  They provide support through various functions such as reception, ushering or even emceeing.  Student Councillors also have the opportunity to work with teacher mentors to conceptualise, plan and execute school events such as Teachers’ Day or Secondary 1 Orientation. Some Councillors may also have the opportunity to serve as Ambassadors to carry out school-wide campaigns on themes such as Kindness or Digital Wellness. 
              
    6. The Student Council EXCO receives dedicated mentorship from teachers and are engaged in conversations involving more complex topics, such as leadership principles or suggestions for school improvement. They are responsible for the committees they lead, ensuring they set clear direction in their planning and execution to achieve desired outcomes. Some key events spearheaded by the Student Council EXCO included Teachers’ Day Celebrations and the Youth Leadership Development Camp.  This camp is held for CCA nominees, Student Councillors and Sports Leaders. Participants will hone their leadership competencies in areas such as teamwork, project management and public speaking.

Recognising our Student Leaders

The school recognises the contributions and commitment of our Student Leaders. One way is by awarding them leadership attainment levels through the LEAPS 2.0 scheme. Student Leaders are also officially invested through the Student Leaders’ Investiture, a formal ceremony which recognises the appointment of Class Leaders, CCA Leaders, Sports Leaders and Student Councillors. Certificates of Appointment and collar pins or badges are presented to the Student Leaders during the Investiture.  The event also includes a symbolic handover of leadership responsibilities from the outgoing Student Leaders to the incoming ones.

For 2020 and 2021, Peer Support Ambassadors will be awarded Values-in-Action (VIA) hours for their service to the school and others. The number of hours awarded is computed based on for instance, involvement in school-wide initiatives as well as attendance at compulsory training sessions. 

Roles & Responsibilities of the Student Council ExCo (2020)



Roles

Scope

Activities / Events

PRESIDENT

  • Manages /coordinates the daily running of student council
  • Coordinates strategic planning and execution for student council
  • Represents student council at various school events
  • Chairs student council/ ExCo meetings when necessary
  • Take charge of the training of school councillors for command of the school during flag raising ceremonies
  • Oversees the implementation of the Project X

  • Teachers’ Day Celebration
  • Project X

VICE-PRESIDENT (STUDENT MATTERS)

  • Assists President to manage /coordinate the daily running of student council
  • Assist President to coordinate strategic planning and execution for student council
  • Acts as president in any of the President’s unavailability
  • Represents student council at various school events
  • Performs flag raising ceremonies
  • Oversees development of the Discipline, Student Affairs and Council committees
  • Oversees the development and programme of the Class Exco
  • Oversees the implementation of the environmental project

  • Student for Student Forum
  • Environmental Project

VICE-PRESIDENT 
(SCHOOL MATTERS)

  • Assists President to manage /coordinate the daily running of student council
  • Assists President to coordinate strategic planning and execution for student council
  • Acts as president in any of the President’s unavailability
  • Represents student council at various school events
  • Performs flag raising ceremonies
  • Oversees development of the School Affairs, Communications, Outreach and Innovation committees
  • Oversees the implementation of the School Cyber Wellness and Digital Wellness Programme
  • Oversees the implementation of the Gratitude Project

  • Cyber Wellness / Digital Wellness Project

SECRETARY

  • Maintains minutes and agendas for ExCo and Council meetings
  • Compiles particulars of student council body
  • Carries out daily administration for student council

  • Student Council Notice Board
  • Student Council Organization Chart
DIRECTOR
(DISCIPLINE)

  • Manages a team of student councilors to perform the daily duties like keeping track of school’s “late comers”, patrolling of school compound, support the relief committee and plan the schedule of canteen duties.
  • Plans and supports the ushering duties for school events like Speech Day, PTM, Secondary One Registration

  • Duty Rooster for the Daily Duties
  • Canteen duty schedule
  • Ushering Duties
DIRECTOR
(STUDENT AFFAIRS)

  • Manages a team of student councillors to gather feedback from the student body via the students’ suggestion box
  • Collates and presents the findings of the feedback from the student body to the students and staff
  • Oversees the development and programmes of the Class Exco
  • Oversees the implementation of the Students for Students Forum

  • Students for Students Forum
  • Students’ Suggestion Box
  • Chairs Class Exco Meeting

DIRECTOR
(COUNCIL AFFAIRS)

  • Manages the council’s inventory
  • Conducts the induction programme for the Junior Councilor or new Councillors
  • Plans and executes the Junior Councilor Recruitment Drive
  • Plans and executes termly appreciation meal/gathering
  • Plans and executes termly bonding sessions

  • Induction Programme for Junior /New Councilor
  • Junior Councillor Recruitment Drive
  • Termly bonding sessions

DIRECTOR
(SCHOOL AFFAIRS)

  • Manages a team of student councillors to capture the students’ experiences in school after key school events
  • Plans and implements the school Cyber Wellness and Digital Wellness Programme

  • Cyber Wellness / Digital Wellness Programme

DIRECTOR (COMMUNICATIONS)

  • Manages a team of student councillors to track internal council announcements and updates when necessary, and to maintain the council’s notice board
  • Manages the publicity of any school and council events
  • Manages the function of the student council room so that it provides useful information for all student councillors

  • Publicity of all Council activities
  • YCKSS Student Council Facebook

 DIRECTOR
(Outreach)
  • Prepares and manages a team of student councillors to host any visitors to the school. 
  • Collaborate with the School Publicity Team to develop outreach materials that will educate, inform and advise others about the school programmes.
  • Prepares and manages a team of student councillors to conduct the school heritage tour for the new Sec 1 students, new staff or visitor. 
  • Support the publicity team in their outreach efforts to the primary schools 
  • Supports the school’s open house in hosting Primary 6 students and parents 
  • Plans and implements the school-wide programme to promote or create awareness
  • School Heritage Tour 
  • School Tour 
  • Publicity Outreach Materials 
 DIRECTOR (INNOVATION)
  • Brainstorm for possible initiatives for Project X and lead the implementation for the Project X 
  • Plan and implement the Gratitude Project for the whole school
  • Project X 
  • Gratitude Project