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Differentiated Student Leadership Approach in CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent
In CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent (SJC), we adopt the Kouzes’ and Posner’s Leadership Challenge Model (LCM) and concepts from Everyday Leadership by Mariam G. MacGregor to spearhead the development of our student leaders by adopting a whole school approach. Under the LCM, leaders engage in Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership:
- Model the Way
- Inspire a Shared Vision
- Challenge the Process
- Enable Others to Act
- Encourage the Heart
In SJC, the guiding beliefs are every child can lead, leadership behaviour can be developed and improved with proper guidance and feedback, and leadership is a relationship. Hence, leadership is used as a platform not only to build our pupils’ confidence but also to help them seek clarity of their values, and strengthening their values and driving beliefs. We believe that with the correct Attitude, Aptitude and Application, our students will be able to serve effectively as a leader regardless where their starting point is. Hence, to cater to the different needs of the student population and student leaders, a differentiated leadership program is required to stretch the leadership competency of our students.
The leadership programme is based on a three-prong approach:
- Everyday Leadership Curriculum for the student population
- Core Modules for the student leaders
- Elective Modules for the student leaders
Everyday Leadership Curriculum for the student population
To cater to all pupils, including those without official leadership positions, modules on Everyday Leadership are incorporated into the CCE Curriculum. The lesson materials are designed and crafted by teachers and the lessons are conducted during CCE and CXT periods by the teachers in the Student Leadership PLT as well as the Form Teachers.
Every topic is conducted in a lecture and tutorial format. The lecture is first conducted by a member of the Student Leadership PLT and the ensuing lessons delivered by the Form Teachers in the classrooms who will reinforce the skills learnt and driving beliefs.
Core Modules for the student leaders
- Envisioning Workshop for CCA and House Leaders
- Student Council & Monitor Board Workshop
- Leadership Training Camp (LTC) for all Sec. 2 Student Leaders
- Train the Trainers for LTC Instructors
Elective Modules for the student leaders
- Needs-based skills (for e.g. Public Speaking, Time Management Skills, Problem-Solving Skills)
The Leadership Challenge is about how leaders mobilize others to want to get extraordinary things done in organizations. For example, as part of the leaders’ experiential learning, the LTC instructors will plan and organize the annual Sec. 1 Orientation Camp. The Leadership Challenge Model is about the practices leaders use to transform values into actions, visions into realities, obstacles into innovations, separateness into solidarity, and risks in rewards.
We believe that with the correct Attitude, Aptitude and Application, our students will be able to serve effectively as a leader regardless where their starting point is. Our integrated Leadership Programme, anchored by the teachers and alumni, is not only sustainable but also a platform for innovation as the student leaders & alumni team continue to build on the work of their predecessors, to set excellence and meet the holistic needs of our students.