Leadership programs pose a number of challenges at F.S.C.
• The campus students only have three terms to get to know each other before electing student leaders.
• There are over 250 students in any year group.
• Students need to consider the benefits of leadership while at the same time, not losing sight of the academic goals they may have set for themselves.
How do we meet these challenges?
• Students are encouraged to become involved in campus activities: STA, Charity drives, Debating, the Student Association and other activities run for students.
• Students are encouraged to be positive and active in mentoring- show other students that they have ideas, goals and offer support for other students.
• Students should take any opportunity offered to them - Women’s Leadership Days, community leadership opportunities and school assemblies.
• Students are given organisational skills such as time management, personal learning programs and self-directed learning skills.
These allow our senior leaders to be active in campus life in many areas: organising major campus ceremonies such as Prize Giving, carnivals, charity events, Year Assemblies and “Freshie Idol”.
The highly structured selection procedures allow any student to take part in the leadership group and develop their skills in public speaking, interview techniques, CV writing and project management.
Once elected, the small body of around 10-12 students are then entrusted with many leadership roles that they can successfully manage while maintaining academic standards. Although the demands of leadership can be quite high, the personal growth stemming from this role is outstanding.
STA – Students Take Action
STA is coordinated by Mrs Herrmann the schools languages coordinator and every year an outstanding group of students who think of others rather than themselves get involved in many activities to assist the local community. Many of the students having gained valuable team work skills by being involved in STA become involved in our Year 12 Leadership Program.
Our STA group aims to:
• Provide for those less fortunate than us in our local community and around the world
• Make a big differences through small contributions
Our mission statement is:
“We reach out to our community to enrich all of our lives.”
Our projects, past and present have included:
• visiting Chesalon Anglican Nursing Home in Harbord
• giving Christmas presents to the Royal Far West Children’s Health Scheme in Manly
• supporting an African child through world Vision
• giving Eater gifts to people at Mona Vale Hospital
• supporting various other local and international charity organisations, eg AIDS Red Ribbon, Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon, Jeans for Genes, 40 Hour Famine. In 2005 STA provided a $1000.00 towards the establishment of a computer facility in a remote village school in Tanzania.
Many of our students having gained valuable team work skills by being involved in STA become involved in our Year 12 Leadership Program.