Our current Year 6 leadership model, “Student Voice”, has seven student ministries. The initiative “Student Voice” was developed to increase involvement and engagement by Year 6 students, as individuals and collectively as a year group. This initiative allows each student of Year 6 to engage and participate as part of one of the seven ministry groups. The “Ministry Model” at St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School consists of the following ministries: Communication, Cultural, Environmental, Library, Music, Spiritual and Sport. Each ministry is mentored by a staff member and designed to be collaborative in nature. Students regularly meet with their designated staff member and Leadership to discuss topical issues, put forward by students, and occasionally staff.
Throughout the process and experience of the initiative, Year 6 students become equipped to problem solve, increase their collaborative skills, carry out tasks, understand accountability and maintain a sense of ownership between group members, the school community and the broader community. “Student voice” allows the students to feel heard, take ownership and acquire the skills and strategies that good leaders possess.