As students move up through our school and into the Kauri Team, we encourage them to take on greater responsibilities and leadership roles. Year five and six students are appointed to carry out specific tasks to help around our school. These include; librarians, Enviro Team, dishes, messengers, hall seating, Wet Day Monitors, Jump Jam leaders, PE Shed Monitors, the Assembly Team and the Techie Team. This is part of our rich participating and contributing culture we have developed at Witherlea School.
Mr Funnell, our Deputy Principal, runs the Student Leadership Programme at Witherlea School where Year 5-6 students who display potential as leaders are given opportunities and training in the areas of; Road Patrol, Peer Mediation, Medical Monitors, and the Communications Team.
The COMs Team is chosen at the end of each year following nominations from teachers and an application process. Students need to have a significant level of Independence to be able to lead the school and be part of this group. Mr Funnell leads this group of students who organise many of the events, Flag Ceremony, Certificate Assemblies and write for the weekly post which is given out on Monday mornings.
Every year a new team of trained mediators is available in the playground at break times to help children to solve disputes. If your child tells you they have problems during these times, please encourage them to seek a peer mediator for assistance. Major problems should be taken to staff that are on duty at all times.
Every class elects a representative at the start of the year to be on the Pupil Council. Ms Harnett works with this group and each year they have a small portion of fundraising money to use; to update, upgrade facilities or purchase equipment that students across the school would like. They also take a lead role in the Matariki Community Hui.
Our Year 5-6 students become eligible for Road Patrol which is a trained job through NZ Police. Students who are in Year 4-5 in Term 4 will be asked to take home a letter which then leads to the training. After the training students will be selected for Road Patrol and need to commit for the school year at least one week per year on either the Weld Street or Wither Road Patrols. This job is for students who can turn up on time and have the confidence to control the traffic.
We are always in need of parent supervisors for the morning as the students cannot run Kea Crossings on their own.
The students who fulfil these positions are highly organised and reliable.