We encourage and develop student leadership at all levels through service and example. Some of the avenues open to students to develop leadership skills are as Prefects, House Captains and captains of teams, as members of the Student Council or House Committees, as sports team and cultural activity coaches, mentors and as Peer Support leaders and Mediators. Once selected the Prefects attend a leadership seminar, leadership evenings and have a range visiting speakers.
Prefects are selected on three main criteria:
Quality of character
Support for the School and participation in School activities.
Prefects are appointed by the Principal, following canvassing of Year 13 opinion and wide consultation with staff and senior staff to help with selection.
MRGS Student Council
The Student Council consists of representatives of the student body, head prefects, students from the 5 houses and the student representative on the Board of Trustees.
The council holds meetings every Tuesday lunchtime, with the aim of discussing issues regarding student welfare and campus projects. Most issues are suggested by school students through various methods. Committee members then try to come up with appropriate solutions to the issues raised and look to act, whether it is by approaching the relevant school leaders, or in some cases, outside agencies for assistance and approval.
The council is also involved in fundraising and supporting a number of worthy causes. For example the Student Council has been involved in organising Mufti Days and the annual support of the Daffodil Day appeal, along with many projects.
This group of students aims to make Mount Roskill Grammar more accessible for students and a time in students’ lives that is enjoyable, friendly and stimulating.
MRGS Health Council
Comprised of twenty elected student representatives, the health council functions to raise awareness and create a positive health culture. The council takes responsibility for organising health promotion within the school. Council-led activities include the annual health expo and health week. Students also participate in a number of inter-school youth health forums throughout the year.
SYNC (Shakti Youth Network for Change)
The focus of this group is raising awareness of family violence and empowering Middle Eastern, Asian, African migrant (and particularly refugee) students with help seeking skills that will be useful within their community of experience.
Students receive training to support them to be advocates and leaders in their communities with a view to mobilising for social change to end violence and discrimination. SYNC student groups are well established in four other secondary schools across Auckland and are supported by Shakti Legal Advocacy and Family Social Services Inc. This group is facilitated by Counsellor, Leisa Munro.
Peer Sexuality Support Programme (PSSP)
I am a co-leader in the Diversity group (“Skittles”) and in the Peer Sexuality Support Programme. Both are collaboratively led by students and one of our Counsellors. As Skittles leaders we plan and co-facilitate lunchtime meetings. We affirm gender and sexual diversity and fight prejudice. Together we make sure everyone feels welcome, included and comfortable.
As a Peer Sexuality Support Team leader I was trained by the Auckland District Health Board. We run workshops on consent, and we help students with any questions or issues they might have relating to relationships or sexuality. Being the same age as our peers it can sometimes be easier to talk to us personal issues.
I have grown a passion for facilitating groups and helping other people. At times I have been pushed beyond my comfort zone, like talking in front of large groups, or being responsible for running activities. I now feel more comfortable being my authentic self and doing what I genuinely enjoy. I have found a massive improvement in my social confidence, I love making a positive difference in other students’ wellbeing, and supporting peers to live compassionate and authentic lives. – Jordan King
Body Image Leaders (BILS)
I am in a range of student leadership groups including Body Image Leaders, “Live for Tomorrow…” and I trained as a Peer Mediator. It has not only given me insight into my own life but I also feel able to assist my peers, family and friends and make a solid contribution to our MRGS Community. – Halym Smith
“Live For Tomorrow…”
In Year 11 I accessed support from the Counsellors which I really benefitted from. I have joined Live for Tomorrow and SYNC (Shakti Youth Leadership for Change) because I want to make sure that other students also get the help and support they might need. These group destigmatise mental health, challenge stereotypes and encourage honest conversations to build an accepting and health-seeking culture in our school. We also have fun and a sense of family in these groups! – Shameera Mohamed
Being a Mediator means being with my chosen family. A group from different religions, cultures and ages working together towards the same goal of world peace. – Mele Kaufusi
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