The Student Leadership Framework is held up by four strategic pillars – Inspiring, Developing, Evaluating and Affirming leadership. We aim to “Inspire” our students to take up various leadership roles in the different domains of school life. “Develop” involves providing our student leaders with training programmes, coupled with opportunities to exercise and hone their leadership skills to allow their potential to surface, grow and shine. “Evaluate” involves providing student leaders with assessment and feedback to allow them to work on continuously improving themselves. “Affirm” involves recognizing the efforts of our student leaders and appreciating their many contributions to the school.
The Leadership Challenges
Bendemeer adopts the widely recognised Student Leadership Challenge model by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner as our main training philosophy. Consistent with the school’s belief that each Bendemeerian has his/her unique talents and leadership potential, this model works on the basis that any student can be a leader. Grounded in over 30 years of extensive research, Kouzes and Posner have identified The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. These five practices of Model the Way, Inspired a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart also tie in with the school values of Integrity, Responsibility, Resilience, Respect, and Care.
Student Leadership Selection
Bendemeer places a strong emphasis on character development, leadership and communication. The Bendemeer leadership talent selections aim to be inclusive so that every Bendemeerian is given the opportunity to take up leadership roles and develop his/her leadership skills. The Student Leadership structure includes the Student Council, House Committee, Class Committee and CCA Leaders. By the end of his/her time in Bendemeer, every Bendemeerian learns to serve and work with others in the school and community.
Student leaders are given opportunities based on their strengths to plan, organise, lead and train others within their term of office and their many ideas and enthusiasm in carrying out their projects make the school a vibrant community.