Opportunities for leadership in the sixth form
- Published on 19 December 2010
- Written by Mr M Alderson
We hope that you will take advantage of the many different opportunities to gain leadership skills in your two years with us. We expect the Sixth Form at Dane Court to become thoroughly involved in the life of the school and to contribute to the well-being of the younger students. As well as equipping you with valuable and transferable life skills, this is something that may make you more attractive to Universities (and employers) when you apply in Year 13. We welcome students who have transferred from local schools to our leadership teams and in the past have had some outstanding Prefects and House Captains who have been new to the school in Year 12.
18 students are elected to the role of Captains and Sports Captains for the 6 Houses in January of each year from Year 12 students. They are high-profile jobs that involve organising activities, rallying support and managing a team of younger helpers. In addition House Captains run assemblies and are sometimes required for public occasions. This is a hugely enjoyable but demanding job that requires charisma and enthusiasm! Visit the House Pages for more details.
These students are selected, after application, in March of Year 12 and serve for a year; from this group will be chosen the Head Boy and Girl and 2 Deputies. They have a range of responsibilities varying from organising 6th form activities like the Leavers’ Ball to running volunteer groups within the school like peer mentoring. They head up the following teams to which all members of Year 12/13 can belong if they wish:
- Tech Team (responsible for lighting / sound / technical support for plays, concerts etc)
- Charity Group (They have masterminded a variety of projects including Breast Cancer, Comic Relief, Make Poverty History and Ed-Aid sending resources to Africa.)
- Peer Support (offering mentoring to younger pupils)
- Learning Support (offering subject-related and organisational help to younger pupils)
- Yearbook/media (responsible for the creation and publicity behind the Leavers’ yearbook, 6th form newsletter and publicity throughout the school.)
- Sixth Form Social (who organise the Leavers’ Ball and 6th Form Christmas Revue)
- Environment (responsible for recycling and ‘green’ initiatives throughout the school)
- Display (who design and put up display work for departments around the school)
All these groups are ‘trained’ in March of Year 12 so that they can operate effectively as a group, and learn to delegate and organise effectively.
There are numerous ways in which the 6th form students help us at Dane Court from supplying refreshments at public events to helping with Open Days and tours of the school. We expect our Sixth Form to be responsible, active and committed. In return they are equipped with valuable life skills and plenty to write about themselves when they apply to University.