Leadership at William Carey
The philosophy of leadership at William Carey is very different to that of leadership in many other places, as ours is based on a biblical view. Jesus was a servant who did lowly tasks to meet other people’s needs. He was also holy and, therefore, interested in right attitudes, behaviour and justice. As Christ’s servants, leaders at William Carey express the principles of the gospel to others. This is in contrast to the self-serving leader, who sees leadership positions as being ways to achieve power and benefit the leader, not the led.
Senior Leadership Council
Our Senior Leadership Council (SLC) consists of ten Year Twelve students, and four Year Eleven students. From this group two school captains, one male and one female, are elected. SLC members work in pairs in the role of relating to and being responsible to a particular year group, from Year Twelve down to Year Six.
Essentially, the council provides a forum for student discussion of student initiated issues, fund raising activities and school functions. The council meet weekly under the guidance of the Deputy Principal Senior Studies and the Pastoral Ministries Co-ordinator.
William Carey operates on an “eyes down” model of leadership. The school board seeks to serve the principal, who seeks to serve the executive, who seek to serve the classroom teachers, who seek to serve the students and their families. It is envisaged that the SLC would assist in this serving of students and their families. Ultimately, all seek to serve Christ by giving honour and glory to God and, in doing so, work in the best interest of the school community.
Whereas it is against the philosophy of the school that students should consider taking on this role for the acclaim they might receive, it is biblical to give honour to those whom honour is due. Therefore, a badge signifying council membership is given to each member, and a school captain badge is given to each of the captains. These badges also serve as markers that allow other students to identify the members of their Senior Leadership Council.
The Primary Pals system operates in a similar fashion. In the primary school, fourteen Year Six students are selected to serve as Primary Pals. In pairs, these students work together to organise events and social activities for the grade in Primary that they are responsible for.
Similarly to the members of the Student Leadership Council, Primary Pals are given a badge to wear that identifies them to other students as being members of this important group. The Primary Pals system operates with the same “eyes down” approach as all other leadership aspects of the school.