In Pei Hwa, we aim to develop every student to be an upright, contributing leader with strength of character. We believe that every student must first learn to lead self before leading others.
As leaders, our students learnt that leadership is not about the position, power and authority. It is about serving others’ needs, growing and developing people and creating a better community to which they belong.
Our approach to leadership development is guided by the following key beliefs:·
- Every student can be developed as a leader
- Every student should be developed as a leader
- Leadership development must be intentional
- It takes a whole village to raise a child
Our Pedagogical Approach
We adopted the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z Posner in developing student leadership in all our students. Through explicit teaching of the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership yearly, we seek to inculcate in our students with the following behaviours.
The school has put in place a leadership development structure which aims to develop leadership competencies of our students through 3 levels of leadership dimensions.
Termly Leadership Lessons
Leadership lessons are either delivered through assembly talks (Primary 1 and 2) or classroom-based leadership lessons (Primary 3 to 6). Leadership knowledge and skills are imparted to students through the use of games, videos and other hands-on activities. The 6-years leadership plan is as follows.
Every Pupil A Leader (EPAL) Programme
EPAL programme is a school-wide, class-based approach to provide leadership platforms and opportunities to all students from Primary 1 to Primary 6. This programme aims to achieve the following:
- Build students’ character and develop students’ leadership skills
- Provide every student an opportunity to lead
- Identify potential leaders to lead in bigger roles and/or at a higher level
At the start of each year, the teachers will appoint students to take on different class-based leadership roles in class. These roles include monitors, group leaders, subject leaders, AV leaders and environmental captains. These roles are rotated semestrally so that every student gets a chance to assume leadership roles; and apply the leadership knowledge and skills learnt. Through guidance from their teachers, the students will learn ways to manage things at the class level and among the peers. Students with leadership potential may then be nominated by their teachers to take on greater leadership roles at the school level in the following year.
Student Leaders’ Leadership Training and Confluences
Leadership training is conducted every year to further develop our Student Leaders. During the training, the Student Leaders will acquire the knowledge and skills that are essential for them to carry out their roles and responsibilities as a leader in the next higher level. Through this platform, Student Leaders get the opportunity to learn from other external coaches and instructors.
In addition, the Student Leaders attend Student Leaders Confluences termly. Through these sessions, our Student Leaders come together to bond with their peers and discuss solutions to problems encountered in their course of duty. Teachers in-charge of the various teams will also conduct informal training and sharing with the Student Leaders.
Thinkers Today, Leaders Tomorrow (TTLT) Leadership Modules
At the end of Primary 3, a selected group of students who excels in specific disciplines and skills are offered the opportunity to sign up for a 2-year TTLT programme. Apart from the enrichment programme each specific discipline offers to further develop students’ strengths and competencies, the students are also developed in the area of leadership knowledge, skills and attitudes.
All TTLT students will go through a 2-year leadership development programme which focuses on the following through 2 leadership modules and 1 overnight camp.
Year 1: Self-Mastery (A leader’s mindset, understanding self and becoming an effective leader)
Year 2: Lead Others (A leader’s mindset, bringing out the best in others and being a leader)
The Prefectorial Board was replaced by the Student Council in 2012 to give recognition to other groups of school-level Student Leaders, such as Junior Student Leaders (P2), Junior Sports Leaders (JSLs), AV Leaders and Environmental Leaders. Together with the Prefects, these other groups of leaders formed the Student Council who work hand-in-hand to support and contribute to the school. The organization chart of the Student Council is as follows:
The Student Council has a structure to develop capable and promising leaders as they move from one level to the next higher level. Platforms and opportunities are created to allow our leaders to lead peers. For instance, selected P4 Prefects have been running Friend of Singa (FOS) projects yearly since 2010 to encourage our students to show kindness to others. The projects to date are as follows:
2010 – Graciousness Starts With Me (Gold Award)
2011 – Graciousness In The Canteen (Bronze Award)
2012 – C3 Connecting Through Care and Compassion (Merit)
2013 – Showing Graciousness On The Bus
2014 – Thank Queue
2015 – Care in the Canteen
Our Environmental Leaders also took the lead in promoting “Conserve the Earth” through assembly talk and game booths during Green Week; our JSLs support the running of the Sports Fest with teachers and parent volunteers; and our AV Leaders in heightening awareness among fellow schoolmates about cyber wellness.