At SVPS we are very conscious that we are engaged during the formative years in the development of young leaders of the future. We are, therefore, firm believers in creating opportunities to enable children to develop the appropriate skills. These are embedded in our curriculum throughout the year groups. Indeed, by Year 6 our children are able to take on key positions of responsibility as a result of being well-prepared at every step of their school journey.
Leadership at SVPS includes the following:
Living out the values of our School and by showing a willingness to be of service to both our own community and the wider global community. Children are encouraged to be generous, open and compassionate. For example, at least one ‘Charity Day’ a year is initiated by the School Council and another one is organised by the Year 6 children. In 2014 every child in Years 3 – 6 took part in a First Aid Training Session.
Taking the initiative and taking risks. We believe it is important that children have opportunities to make decisions and learn from their mistakes and that they can deal graciously with both success and failure. This can be developed further on team building trips, such as the Year 4 trip to Carroty Wood and the exciting programme of CCF-type opportunities we are developing in conjunction with the Senior School from as young as Year 2.
Being able to speak up in public, deal with adults and peers with good manners and courtesy and to treat each other fairly and with honesty. For example, Prefects are proud to be touring prospective parents and other visitors to the School. They also assist with the organisation of School events and meet regularly with the Deputy Head to feed back on their observations on school life.
Acting as good role models for younger pupils and demonstrating good friend behaviour. For example, Year 5 children are paired with Year 2 children to aid their transition into the Prep department, when they move up into Year 3.
Taking responsibility for key aspects of School life. This could be as the ‘line leader’ in Reception or as a School council representative in Years 3-6. Other examples include the Year 6 Science Monitors who take care of the school animals and teach the youngest pupils all about them and the Games Captains who co-ordinate their house sports teams and inspire the house members to display a positive team spirit.