Positive student leadership opportunities and experiences at school assist young adults to transition into the community and the world of work and adult responsibility. As such, developing the skills and abilities that are central to successful leadership is an important part of the education process at Cannon Hill Anglican College.
The concept of servant leadership is central to the leadership program, requiring student leaders to serve the school community and focus on meeting the needs of those that they lead. In addition, leaders need to provide inspiration for others and act as quality role models in setting the standards for behaviour, attitude, academic application and personal appearance.
Student leadership development involves both formal instruction and the provision of opportunities to practise leadership skills within a supportive learning environment. These skills include project planning, self-reflection, problem solving, team building, decision making, goal setting, public speaking, time management, effective communication, project management and delegation.
Informal leadership opportunities exist at all year levels and within all classes, ranging from organising a class activity, to umpiring a sporting fixture, to other rostered duties.
Primary Leaders, House Leaders and Spiritual Leaders conduct a variety of roles within the Primary area and represent the Primary students on Assemblies and at other significant occasions.
At the Year 9 level, a number of Junior Student Representatives are appointed on a rotational basis to assist in worship services and to conduct a range of organisational and management roles amongst their peers.
A more formal program of leadership training begins in Year 10 with House Deputies and with workshops that allow students to explore the different types of leadership and their individual strengths and abilities.
In Year 11, students reflect on the elements of good leadership, and develop initiatives for their final year at school. A Leadership Camp involving all Year 11 students is conducted to further develop student skills and allow them to identify the specific roles that they intend to pursue in the final stage of their school life. Year 11 students undertake leadership roles in co-curricular committees for Social Justice, the Environment, Boys' Education and Girls' Education. The transition into senior leadership roles begins in the latter part of Year 11, as the students begin to informally fulfil many of the duties and responsibilities associated with the key Senior Leaders positions.
All Year 12 students are designated as Senior Leaders unless they express a specific desire not to be involved. All Leaders are able to nominate for a variety of specific tasks and responsibilities including College Captains, Music Captains, Sports Captains, House Captains, Junior Secondary Mentors, Primary Mentors, Arts Ambassadors, and Spiritual Leaders.
The Student Council involves students from all year levels and one of its principal aims is to provide opportunities for students to acquire skills in leadership and decision-making. As CHAC encourages student participation in the development of the College, the Student Council assumes an important role in conveying ideas for the development of the College and its environment.
The position of Spiritual Leader exists to provide student leadership in giving expression to the spiritual dimension of our College life. As members of the Campus Ministry Team, Spiritual leaders promote the spiritual and faith-based activities of the College, which are founded on Christian values and traditions of the Anglican Church of Australia. Spiritual Leaders are appointed in Year 6 and Year 12.