George Emery, Annabelle Cadman, Gemma Pankhurst, Cohen Todd, Amethyst Armstrong and Ben Robinson — Kirwee Model School Student Executive Team

Students developing leadership

by Ann van Engelen

Kirwee Model School have had a very busy term and the school leaders, including the Student Executive Team, have been leading the way organising events and fun activities.

“We seek to develop students as leaders with a variety of roles and responsibilities in our school. In each learning space, tamariki have leadership responsibilities such as tech support, and as they progress into years five and six, they have the opportunity to take on additional roles and responsibilities such road patrol or bus warden,” says principal Leonie Weavers.

“Our students in leadership roles are all gaining great organisational skills and show a lot of initiative. They are very good role models for our younger children. The Student Council hold regular meetings to discuss issues around the school and then problem solve to find solutions and formulate a plan to ensure these issues are addressed. They also organise events for the school such as the recent Clown Doctor mufti day supporting the Clown Doctors’ charity.”

The Clown Doctors concept was introduced to New Zealand by Professor Thomas Petschner and Rita Noetze on September 1, 2009.

Medical Clowns provide therapeutic humour to help patients, their families and hospital staff forget about their illness and stress.

“Our student council chose this charity because they felt the doctors do an amazing job of making sick children happy.”