At Marsden State School our goal is to inspire, embrace and empower lifelong learning and ensure that, through collaboration, all students learn at high levels. Our Student Leadership Framework is based on these goals and comprises of; two school captains, two vice captains, and two First Nations captains. Our student leaders are provided with opportunities to establish a culture of collaboration and build inspiring leadership qualities in others. Our student leaders take on roles and responsibilities that include representing the school in significant events and engaging in the school community.
Leadership does not come naturally, but is developed through many activities, experiences and lessons that students are involved in at school and in the community. Our Student Leadership Framework empowers our student leaders to take ownership of opportunities to demonstrate their authentic connection to the school community. Strong leadership can be demonstrated through selfless actions and without the need of a title or the wearing of a badge. Our school fosters a leadership culture within all students and provide them with both the support and opportunities to experience and develop their leadership skills and potential. In this way, students will recognise that leadership is an ongoing learning process and one which is developed through attitude, education and experience.
Students in Years 3–6 are elected by their class group to participate in the student council as part of the school leadership program. A senior school teacher co-ordinates the student council to:
- represent the students
- participate in decision making processes
- communicate to classes
- bring issues raised by students to meetings
- fundraise for charities and school facilities
- assist with the working of the school