Learning by leading
Leadership: it’s about more than having a title. Our girls receive formal leadership training and are encouraged to lead within and beyond the walls of our School. Our girls learn by leading.
A Solid Foundation
An innovative leadership framework sets SCS apart. Leadership education is based on the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leaders identified by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, experts in the field, who have been working together for more than 30 years studying leaders, researching leadership, conducting leadership development seminars, and serving as leaders themselves in various capacities. SCS identifies four contexts within which students will develop and practise their leadership skills:
- among others
- leading a group
- seeking connections and relationships with other groups
The Leadership Program combines instruction and hands-on experience which spans the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. Classroom curriculum, student leadership conferences, topic-specific workshops, leadership retreats and trips, and local, national, and international service projects are all components of a student's leadership development at SCS.
Mentorship and Tutoring
The Mentorship Program and Peer Tutoring Program are just two ways that girls may be of service to their fellow students. Student mentoring begins in Grade 4, election of Junior House Heads begins in Grade 5, and the Grade 6 curriculum includes a formal leadership component. Many leadership roles allow students to have impact far beyond the walls of SCS, including student leadership conferences, topic-specific workshops, and community and international service projects.
Building leadership capabilities starts in our early grades. Components of our leadership framework are addressed early on in the Character Education program. Structured leadership opportunities begin as early as Grade 4 where students have the opportunity to mentor younger students as a reading buddy. Other early leadership opportunities are the Mentorship and Peer Tutoring programs, where girls in Grade 6 can become tutors. The program sets the groundwork to help girls recognize that leadership can be a collaborative experience.
Middle School students are encouraged to build on their leadership capabilities initiated in the Junior School by participating in student government and a wide range of special-interest clubs. Volunteers and elected representatives help lead community work, the School's EcoTeam and organize special events. Middle School students also serve as School ambassadors, and you will meet some of these young leaders when you tour SCS.
There are a wide range of student-run groups and activities providing leadership opportunities for students in a vast array of interests. Student Council, made up of representatives from Grades 7–12, is led by four students elected from the graduating class. Other elected leaders—Head Girl, Sports Captain, House Captain, Arts Captain, Prefects, and House Heads—work to inspire school spirit and lead initiatives. In her graduating year each student will hold a formal leadership role so that she can practise and refine her leadership capabilities.