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Student Leadership

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11th Student Council Investiture

Girls of Grace • Women of Strength • Leaders with Heart

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Introduction

At CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School, we believe not only in nurturing and producing leaders, but to nurture leaders to serve the school, community and the nation. It is the school’s desire and goal to develop and nurture that leader in every girl the moment she steps in at Secondary One. Guided by our school values of Truth, Justice, Freedom and Love, every St Nicholas student will maximise her potential and be nurtured to become a leader who has integrity, is resilient and compassionate. The students will be confident to lead and committed to serving the needs of the disadvantaged and underprivileged (in line with the IJ mission). Our students will exhibit these attributes by always upholding the school motto, Simple in Virtue, Steadfast in Duty.

 

Our school aspires to equip all students with values necessary to be better leaders by discovering and leading oneself, inspiring others and subsequently making a positive change in our community. Our school values are being explicitly taught in the formal and informal curriculum, guiding and providing the purpose for our students’ right behaviours. The St. Nicholas Leadership Programme (SNLP) is based on John C. Maxwell’s Leadership Model which equips our students with specific skills that will help them to become better leaders through formal and on-the-job training. 


St. Nicholas Leadership Programme (SNLP)

The SNLP is based on two principal provisions, the provision of ‘Trainings’ and ‘Opportunities’. The trainings consist of leadership workshops which focus on equipping and honing leadership skills and inculcating the school’s values required for students to exercise their leadership competencies and skills with excellence. Mentorship, coaching, and hands-on training are also integral parts of leadership training at St Nicholas. Supervising teachers and senior student leaders serve as mentors, coaches and facilitators to provide active consultation, facilitation, and support to empower trainee leaders with skills, knowledge and hands-on experience. Through these trainings, students will develop their individual leadership aptitude, formulate personal goals to attain, as well as to be a good team player.  


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Dialogue with Minister, Mr Lawrence Wong

Trainings

All St Nicholas’ students will go through the school’s SNLP. It is a developmental leadership training programme starting with the leadership milestone training programme, which identifies specific leadership skills to be taught to each level through workshops. There is segmented and progressive leadership development programme for student leaders such as CCA leaders, Student Councillors, NE Ambassadors and Class Chairpersons. The programme consists of 3 tiers as represented in Figure 1. In Level 100 modules, all students are equipped with the necessary skills to be proficient leaders to lead self and to serve the needs of the school. Students who display potential and ability to take on leadership roles within the school then proceed to take Level 200 modules. Outstanding student leaders are then nominated to attend Level 300 modules which will prepare them to take on greater challenges both within and beyond the school. All the trainings focus on equipping and enhancing key leadership skills and instilling the school’s values required for our students to exercise their leadership qualities, competencies and skills with excellence. 


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Figure 1. St. Nicholas Leadership Programme is tiered by student readiness

Cohort Milestone Training

At the end of the training, the following objectives should be achieved:

Secondary 1

  • To understand that leadership is an influence;
  • To understand that success depends on leadership;
  • To establish positive influence via good, consistent character and effective connection with others.
  • To understand the importance of self-leadership
  • To apply concept of self-leadership to achieve team synergy

Secondary 2

  • To understand and appreciate the concept of serving others around them
  • To know the potential impact they can make by rising to the occasion
  • To understand how to manage their insecurities in taking initiative
  • To learn to identify the needs of people around them
  • To understand the need for a shared responsibility
  • To realize the significance and benefits of having a shared team vision
  • To know how to work as a team with a shared vision

Secondary 3

  • To understand the importance of the value of innovation and creativity
  • To learn how to add and create value in what they do
  • To understand how to resourcefully and creatively solve problems

Secondary 4

  • To envision success for themselves
  • To operationalize academic success via breaking down long term goals into short term goals and prudent time management
  • To apply study skills that would enhance learning efficiency and effectiveness to achieve peak performance
  • To leverage on their social intelligence to accelerate individual and group learning


Other formal trainings

In addition to formal leadership training, there are also programmes to develop life skills and qualities we believe are essential in the development of a St Nicholas leader.
  • Managing Change workshop for Sec 1 
  • Cyber-wellness programme for Sec 1 & 2 
  • Leadership and Career Education workshops for Sec 1-3 
  • Self-awareness retreats for Sec 1–4
  • Job Attachment Programme for Sec 3
  • Motivational and Social Etiquette workshops for Sec 4 
Student Leaders undergo additional formal trainings to further support them in their respective roles and responsibilities.

Target group 

At the end of the training, the following objectives should be achieved:

Lower Secondary Student Leaders

  • To create a personal ownership and honour towards their leadership responsibilities
  • To understand that effective leadership is not about a position, but about influence
  • To understand the various approaches towards effective management of issues
  • To gain confidence in managing and engaging their audience

Upper Secondary Student Leaders

  • To develop greater sensitivity, innovative management and appreciation to others
  • To develop an awareness to enhance and build her personality strengths and weaknesses
  • To resourcefully develop her personal leadership style: communication and working styles
  • To maximize her potential towards becoming a better and interpersonally creative leader
  • To learn how to build relationships within a team
  • To understand how to build a team identity
  • To learn how to adopt a leader’s mindset and impart a winning mentality to a team
  • To develop skills in strategic planning, culture-building and people needs analysis


Informal (on-the-job) training 

Mentorship, coaching, and hands-on training are integral parts of leadership training at St Nicholas. Supervising teachers and senior student leaders serve as mentors, coaches and facilitators to provide active consultation, facilitation, and support to empower trainee leaders with skills, knowledge and hands-on experience.

Opportunities 

The school believes in empowering students and giving them a voice. Students are invited to participate actively in the life of the school and to play their part as members of the St Nicholas family. Here are some examples of leadership opportunities available in our school:
 
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Breakfast sessions with Elderly residents of Kebun Bahru


Formal leadership roles

e.g. Student Councillor, Class Chairperson & Vice-Chairperson, CCA committees, House committees, Sports Leaders


Class committees

e.g. Subcommittee Chairpersons, Subject Leaders


Class-based project roles

e.g. Values in Action Leaders, National Education Ambassadors, Environment Leaders, Project Work Leaders


Roles for instructional programme activities

e.g. Emcees/team leaders for English Language and Literature Festival (ELLF) and Mother Tongue Fortnight programme, Literature-in-English seminar, student guides for learning journeys, Science-Humanities trail


CCA-based roles

e.g. CCA fair, camps, competitions


School-based project roles

e.g. Sports Carnival, celebration of Chinese New year, Youth Day, Teachers' Day, commemoration of National Education days, Open House, Moonlight Party, Appreciation Day, SG 52 events


Student-led project roles

e.g. Student Leadership Convention, Joint IP Leadership Symposium, self-directed service learning, peer support leaders, youth environment envoys, in­formal fund-raising sales, student forums, student suggestion scheme, National Youth Achievement Award


Assessment

Students are assessed to qualify as a role model via the Conduct Grade. The rubrics of the Conduct Grade state the expectations of behaviour for every student. The school uses the Leadership Grade to give an indication of the students' level of leadership development, in terms of acquisition of skills and character, in making a positive influence in their arena.

Student Council

Established in 2008, the Student Council strives to serve the student body and to forge stronger bonds among students so as to attain greater heights within the school. The Student Council also aspires to promote the values of Truth, Justice, Freedom and Love and be exemplary role models to their peers in the school.   Key events organized by the Student Council include the Secondary One Orientation, Teachers’ Day Celebration and the Appreciation Day. The Student Council also spearheads fund raising events such as the Flower and Balloon Projects to raise funds for the underprivileged. In addition, the Student Council also supports school events such as Chinese New Year Celebrations, Moonlight Party, Open House, Primary Five Camp, SYF Showcase, Jubilate, IP Leadership Symposiums, Meet-the-Parent sessions and Parent-Teacher Conferences.   As the bridge to link the student body and the school, the Student Council constantly acts upon feedback from the student population and comes up with new initiatives such as the 9 am snack break, Colourful Friday and fun fact of the day to improve the general welfare of the students. In 2014, the councillors were also involved in the drafting of the initial proposal to the complete furnishing and naming of the students’ lounge(乐悠轩), a facility which is enjoyed by students from both secondary and primary sections. Student Council also sees to the maintenance and cleanliness of the students’ lounge.    Today, the Student Council comprises of Student Councillors from Secondary 2 to 4, led by a President, two Vice-Presidents and the Executive Committee (EXCO). The Student Council is divided into three wings, namely the Logistics Wing, Events Wing and Welfare Wing, whereby each wing is helmed by two Wingheads. Being in charge of the different aspects of the school allows the Student Council to maintain discipline and lead their school mates while striving for the betterment of the student body.

Teachers in-charge:

  1. Mrs Lily Tan
  2. Ms Vivian Foo
  3. Mrs Uma Jacob

2016-2017 Executive Committee

President

Wong Mei Mei, Hazel (4 Wisdom)

Vice-Presidents

Faith Tham Kah Mun (4 Diligence) and Chan Yi Jia (4 Truth)

Logistics Wing Heads

Alicia Lim Yenting (4 Diligence) and Tan Ying Hui Valerie (4 Diligence)

Events Wing Heads

Natalie Law Xin Ying (4 Faith) and Yong Wan Xin (4 Grace)

Welfare Wing Heads

Teo Jia Yi (4 Purity) and Rebekah Seow (4 Unity)


2017-2018 Executive Committee

President

Ryen Chua (3 Loyalty)

Vice-Presidents

Lee En Ying, Faith (3 Justice) and Sim Hsin Wei Lauren (3 Wisdom)

Logistics Wing Heads

Elizabeth Grace Low Shi Yi (3 Diligence) and Boh Tingwen, Shannon (3 Grace)

Events Wing Heads

Lim Yi Hui, Ainsley (3 Faith) and Ng Qi Xuan, Sarah (3 Purity)

Welfare Wing Heads

Kho Yun Rui, Chloe (3 Truth) and Chay Yenrue (3 Wisdom)

This page was last updated on: Tue,12/09/2017