Hard-working students make leadership team
Fifteen hard-working students have been hand-picked by Warwick Academy staff to be a part of a student leadership team for the 2016 to 2017 school year.
Formed two years ago, the team's aims are to ensure that students excel and develop the skills and confidence to be inspirational leaders.
The group consists of Sabriyya Harvey, Kip Malpas, Charlotte Samuels, Brian Darling, Maria Puiu, Tia Froud, Frances Mussenden, Theo Wolffe, Brian Wedlich, Zach Myers, Hannah Mallon, Kate Stewart, Hannah Marshall, David Proctor and Corrie Cross.
Going into their final year of the sixth-form programme, all members have individual roles such as head boy and girl, deputy head boy and girl, student council president and vice-president, music leader, drama leader, human rights leader and sports leaders.
They were selected after submitting a letter of application and participating in an interview at the start of term three in Year 12, focusing on their leadership style, ideas and initiatives, their school record and how they would cope with the responsibility.
Zach Myers, 17, deputy head boy, told The Royal Gazette: “Being a student leader is about setting an example and making sure that whatever you do, its something that the other students are going to look up to. That's what being a Warwick Academy student is about.
“All of the deputy heads get assigned a particular area and my area is communication development, so one thing I work on is how the school can do things over social media and how it presents itself to the community. After Warwick I am looking to go to university in England and I'd like to study English.”
Brian Darling, a 16-year-old sports leader, stressed the importance of having multiple leaders in the school.
He said: “I have to collaborate with the PE teachers, make sure events and sports days run smoothly. I work with the other sports leaders to decide the sports student of the month and highlight individual performances. I play a lot of football. Outside of school I play for PHC and in school I do a lot of different sports and compete in different interschool activities.
“I'll hopefully go to the UK to study computer science but I also want to continue playing football in university and hopefully end up living in the UK. It's important to cover a broad range of areas in the school and have specialised people to work on that instead of having a general person to oversee everything because they would be able to work closer with the students.”
Soon to be principal, David Horan, said: “Leadership is an action and not defined by a job description. It is also a function which is not limited by title in that all can step up and lead in different situations.
“They work together with the student council, prefect body, principal and head of secondary to ensure the smooth running of the school, appropriate responses to concerns and the development of initiatives to enhance the school environment for all.”