At The King’s School we seek to provide each boy with authentic leadership development. Our approach to leadership at The King’s School is based on Robert Greenleaf’s model of the servant leadership, which acknowledges that every student has the capacity to exercise leadership. This model is one where those in leadership roles seek to enrich the experience of others through their service. The selection of this model of leadership reflects the values of our Christian Community.
The development of leadership capacity in individuals promotes excellence, authenticity and respect in larger groups and shapes our school culture. Boys at The King’s School may exercise servant leadership through a designated leadership position or exercise leadership in academic and co-curricular contexts through their ACTIONS, WORDS and CONDUCT. A school wide approach to the development of leadership provides boys with leadership opportunities from an early age, whether it be as captain of a sports team, on expedition or through cultural pursuits.
More importantly, at the core of our approach to leadership is the development of character strengths such as Humility, Compassion, Respect and a willingness to serve. There are many leadership opportunities for boys at The King’s School. Whilst Senior School students have the opportunity to exercise leadership on a broader scale through their appointment as a School Monitor, House Captain or Cadet Under Officer (CUO) younger boys have their own experiences of leadership through opportunities provided in our Service Learning, Outdoors and Co-Curricular programs.
Our Headmaster has been the driving force in propelling the School to fulfil this mission to develop leadership capacity in our students. All boys in Years 8-11 will complete the Learning Leadership series as an integral part of our character development curriculum. The Learning Leadership Program is made up of four interactive text books that are designed to develop leadership awareness and capacity. In the completion of this course boys reflect on elements of leadership including integrity, wisdom, courage and resilience, and receive instruction in a wide variety of leadership skills.
Our Centre for Learning and Leadership is the core of our unique approach to the development of leadership capacity in our students. This Centre was the first school leadership centre built in Australia and serves as a learning resource centre and library with a conference centre dedicated to training students in leadership. Whilst the Centre celebrates the leadership provided by notable old boys of the school it also highlights and promotes values based leadership through a permanent display of notable international and historical leaders.