Student Leadership

Student leadership roles are an important part of the program at St. Michael's Primary School as they provide opportunities for students to have a ‘voice’ in what happens throughout the school as well as enabling students to develop their own leadership skills.

Grade 6 students are considered to be leaders of the school and are encouraged to interact with other students as leaders. At the end of each year, students in Grade 5 participate in a leadership program in preparation for their Grade 6 year. Students work in small groups and participate in activities that encourage them to reflect on leadership qualities and study adults who display these qualities. They also have the opportunity to discuss the roles of leaders at St Michael's, things they might wish to achieve and listen to leaders from the current Grade 6 share their experiences.

School Leaders

Students who are interested in leadership roles are encouraged to write letters of application for the positions of School Leaders. Based on these letters a short list is compiled by the Principal and Deputy with the support of Grade 5 and 6 staff.  Students present a speech to staff and their peers then students in Grade 5 and staff vote to elect the leaders.  

School Leaders are chosen to represent the student body in the following ways:

  • Regular meetings with the Principal and Assistant Principal 
  • Represent the school at outside functions (e.g ANZAC Day Ceremony)
  • Be a role model for other students and be respectful of their position
  • Be pro-active in playground issues
  • Deliver welcome and thank you speeches to special visitors and guests
  • Greet and welcome special visitors at the school gates and show visitors to the office
  • Represent the students at discussions with the staff or parent groups
  • Take a lead role in conducting the weekly assemblies
  • Lead school tours for prospective new families (open days and tours).

House Leaders

Following the election of School Leaders, students who are interested in leadership roles are encouraged to write letters of application for the positions of House Leaders. Students in Grade 5 vote for House Leaders.  A boy and girl House Leader is elected for each sports team, (Presentation, Gallagher, Casey, Flack) and vice-captains may be appointed.  House Leaders are involved in leading at school sports events as well as organising sports equipment.

House Leaders at St. Michael's will:

  • lead their team during whole school sports
  • help with the organisation of sporting events (athletics, hoop time)
  • maintain the sports shed
  • maintain the sports equipment in the school (every classroom)
  • assist with all sporting activities organised

Minnie Vinnie Leaders

Students also have the opportunity to apply to be Minnie Vinnies and Environment Leaders. These students also write letters of application and are chosen by staff members.  

The role of the Minnie Vinnies at St. Michael's is to:  

  • meet with the Religious Education Leader    
  • plan fundraising activities for Caritas during Project Compassion
  • collect and count money from Project Compassion boxes
  • record a tally of money raised
  • plan fundraising activities
  • bring awarness to social justice issue in and outside of the school community


Environment Leaders

The role of the Environment Leaders at St. Michael's is to:

  • Meet with the Curriculum Leader and/or Principal or Deputy
  • Organise regular playground clean ups
  • Plan and work towards improving school areas
  • Work with parents, staff and students in planning new garden areas or facilities for students eg. playground equipment
  • Work with the Deputy Principal on environment and sustainability projects