As students move up through our school and into the Kowhai and Kauri Teams, 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 Events and COMs Team and the Techie Team. This is part of our rich participating and contributing culture we have developed at Witherlea School.
Our Year 5-6 teachers, teachers from across the school, Ms Harnett and Mr Funnel support the Student Leadership Positions at Witherlea School where Year 5-6 students are explicitly taught the fundamentals of role modelling and leadership. We offer opportunities and training in the areas of; Road Patrol, Peer Mentoring, Medical Monitors, Enviro Team, Wet Play Monitoring, and the Events and Communications Team.
EVENTS AND COMS TEAM
The Events and COMs Team is chosen from Year 5-6 and led by Mrs PJ Muir. Students need to have a significant level of Independence to be able to lead the school and be part of this group however students can be pulled in throughout the year with specific learning in public speaking so they have the confidence and skills to lead; Flag Raising, Assembly, Charity Days, Open Days and large events.
Every year a new team of trained mentors are available in the playground at break times to help children to play kindly, safely and fairly. If your child tells you they have problems during these times, please encourage them to seek a peer mentor for guidance and/or assistance. Major problems are dealt with by Duty Teachers 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 6 students become eligible for Road Patrol which is a trained job through NZ Police. Students who are in Year 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.