Throughout their time at Peebles High School, students are expected to embody the school values of Wisdom, Integrity, Justice and Compassion and will have had opportunities to develop leadership skills in a variety of ways in anything from; sport, Duke of Edinburgh*, work experience, music, outdoor programmes or outside participation such as guiding and scouts etc.
As students’ progress through the school these leadership skills and their general personal investment in the school will begin to be noticed and praised, or rewarded more formally through our merit system or through representation on our Student Council.
Early each session all year groups select representatives to sit on the student council that has a key voice and provides suggestions and pupils voice to all levels of school development. The school council is about to be relaunched and rebranded in 2017 which is an exciting development in the Student Leadership of Peebles High School.
In S2 a further opportunity for students to be recognised on their journey through school will be to be appointed as a school Ambassador which is recognised by the school behaviour committee and the senior management team. Nominations can be made by teachers and other adults around school, group, club or trip organisers both in school and out in the community, high street shop keepers or members of the public for any pupil in S2-S6. An Ambassador is an envoy, who represents the school, and exhibits certain values that we hold and that are shared in our community.
From S3-S6 our students can participate in the Duke of Edinburgh* scheme and we invest in providing opportunities for our students to participate in the scheme and we are delighted to say we have a significant and growing number of Gold awards at the school.
By S4, students may have also had opportunities to lead sport teams ,music events, art festivals, science projects , foreign exchanges, drama or writing events ,cooking or fashion competitions or some other projects within or outside the school in a variety of fields.
Leadership potential is then recognised again by the school community such that in 5th year we appoint 4 House Captains through application and interview which is a significant responsibility to engage in key activities within the school. 2 Senior House Captains are also selected from S6 whose leadership skills suit House responsibilities more than those of a Prefect.
As our leadership development continues for all students in 6th year for some it culminates in the S6 selection of prefects. All Students in 6th year are required to be role models to our students in all year groups and outside in our community. It is an important and challenging year but also one offering responsibilities, leadership opportunities and experiences.
Prefect roles are high profile and very demanding for students and the expectations of them are high. Our prefect team is selected through two different but complimentary processes.
Firstly all 10 subject faculties and the Learning Support Department in the school are asked to propose a Faculty Prefect that has shown leadership and commitment in the Faculty over the previous 5 years and will continue to support the team in 6th year.
At the same time as this process in underway a combination of whole staff and S6 pupil votes create a further team of 25 giving a total of 36 in our Prefect team.
Each prefect commits to at least two duties every fortnight and sign up for these in advance, as well as acccepting their leadership role in the school by attending at least one of the committees below and other school events both internally and in the wider community.
Prefects or S6 House captains that wish to put their names forward to be part of the Senior School Council are interviewed and 10 are selected in addition to the Head Boy, Head Girl, Depute Head Boy and Depute Head Girl.
Each of the following committees are then created from the Prefect team and also contain 2 members of the SSC to report back to the main council on progress. Other members of the school community are invited onto these committees as their work progresses throughout the year. The Head team will not be on any of these committees but will rotate around to provide support as needed.
- Social Events – Christmas dances, Burns supper, Halloween Dances, Graduation ceremony.
- Legacy – Yearbook, Hoodies, S6 Quiz
- PHS Ethos – Duty rotations, Charity events, S6 common room, Ambassador leadership.
- Student Voice – All year group opinions/task forces.
- School Service – Leadership and support for School Service, The Store Crew, MVP, Not Alone
*Duke of Edinburgh
The DofE is all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories. At the same time, you’ll gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, as long as you’re 14 to 24, you can choose the activities that motivate you and go on your own personal journey. We know from other participants that the DofE helps you stand out from the crowd when you apply for college, university or jobs.
For more information please contact your Pastoral Care Teacher, or visit DofE