The Student Leadership system at Kolbe provides all students with the opportunity to lead both formally and informally.
Underpinned by a culture of collaboration and opportunity, students are encouraged to be involved in College events and celebrations, actively contributing to the design, development and execution of activities which provide great opportunities for growth through authentic leadership experiences.
Informal leadership occurs each time that students are attentive to their duties as members of the College, by making the most of what is on offer and ensuring that their example serves as guidance for others.
Formal leadership opportunities exist for selected students who rejoice in the Student Leadership framework structuring our College leaders. Such leaders represent the student body and offer a voice to the student community.
The College community is inspired by the legacy of St Maximilian Kolbe – a story of heroism, courage and self-sacrifice; a beacon of hope for the future. Kolbe’s life and death inspires us to follow Jesus as he did; his faith, his commitment to those in need no matter what it would cost him and his passionate concern for excellence in living his faith.
Through his faith and actions St Maximilian Kolbe exemplified the model of servant leadership.
Therefore, as a College our goal is to build a student leadership structure and framework that is based on a servant leadership model. Student leaders would be recognised for their ability to demonstrate the characteristics of empathy, listening, respect, stewardship and commitment towards the growth of our College community. In doing so, all student leaders would be expected to ‘serve’ first and by serving they would truly be able to ‘lead’.
The College leaders work directly with some members of the College Leadership Team. These leadership roles are promoted and celebrated amongst the student body. There is an understanding that above all, the academic and wellbeing progression and development of the students is enhanced through the opportunity to lead and represent others.
Some common duties of College leaders include: helping with the organisation of key College events, inclusive of Liturgies and Assemblies; active participation in the implementation of initiatives at the College and extended community levels; the promotion of problem solving initiatives for issues affecting the student body; the helping with the organisation of assemblies as required with active involvement in liturgical leadership activities in liaison with the Director of Faith and Community. In addition, attendance at all College events as required, inclusive of those occurring after school.
Student leaders are expected to be humble, develop collective and personal goals, demonstrate a commitment to the student body in the role as leader, provide an appropriate attitude to promote and achieve positive outcomes by being approachable to all members of the College community, have an understanding of an appreciation for the leadership role offered by the College community and work in collaboration with peers.
Student leaders are willing to support the overall plans developed collaborative with others, are punctual, dress appropriately and follow all school rules. They display leadership skills in the classroom and self-reflect and reassess leadership personal goals for the year continually.
Currently, students have access to the following leadership opportunities:
Support for Student Leaders
The College has a Student Leadership Coordinator who works closely with the Student Leader team to assist them in developing proposals, conduction initiatives and generating new ideas and opportunities for the student body. The Student Leadership Coordinator coordinates regular meetings and collaborative digital platforms that enhance collaboration between the student leadership team. In addition, the Student Leadership Coordinator works closely with the Directors of Students and Deputy Principal to identify opportunities to foster leadership capacity in current and future student leaders.
The College Captains and Vice Captains also liaise closely with the Principal, Deputy Principal and Directors of Students, while the Ambassadors and House Captains liaise with the staff relevant to their portfolio.