GSC places high priority on providing leadership opportunities for its students in a supported environment. There are many ways in which students at GSC can get involved and take on leadership roles. All roles are supported and coordinated by experienced members of staff.
Peer Support Leaders
The primary purpose of the Gisborne Secondary College Peer Support Program is to build positive and respectful relationships between students across the school. Year 11 Peer Support Leaders plan and run regular sessions with all the Year 7 students during their respective 4SP and Project classes. These sessions focus on building the personal and social skills which will help Year 7 students transition from Primary to Secondary School and foster a sense of belonging within the college. The Year 7s are supported and encouraged within the Program and with other activities offered by the College, such as School Athletics and Production. During the year, the Peer Support Leaders work in teams and build their leadership capacity through training, practice and reflection. They act as positive role models, and through their engagement with the Year 7s they strengthen and reinforce the school values of Respect, Achievement, Innovation and Diversity.
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Student Representative Council (SRC)
The Student Representative Council at GSC is made up of four representatives at each Year Level and its main purpose is to represent the views and needs of the student body. It gives students from every year level an opportunity to demonstrate leadership. The SRC generally meets every two weeks to discuss school wide issues and concerns within the school. It is run for students, by students and over the last few years has been giving students a forum to have their voice heard.
In addition to School Captain and Vice-Captain, GSC has numerous specialty captain roles for Year 12 students covering the broad range of faculties and focus areas on offer in the school curriculum, from humanities to the environment, sport to music and dance, and debating and the Chameleon (school magazine). All school captains are elected by democratic process and are expected to model positive and supportive behaviour to their peers. They meet as a group on a regular basis and have the opportunity to meet directly with the Principal on a 1:1 basis throughout the year to share ideas and discuss their progress and experience.