Learning for Life Programme – Community & Youth Leadership
Meridian Secondary aims to strengthen the development of character and values of all Meridians under a structured and differentiated leadership programme called Learning for Life Programme (LLP) – Community & Youth Leadership.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK
The Student Leadership Framework at Meridian Secondary is designed to be aligned with the school’s vision, values and Kouzes and Posner’s 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership.
At the core of the framework is the outcome “Leaders of Sound Character”, which is in line with the school’s vision of ‘Compassionate Leaders.’ The school believes that Meridians must first be ‘Anchored in Values’ in order to be developed into ‘Leaders of Sound Character’.
The middle ring represents the schools ‘RICH’ values on which the basic foundation of leadership development is built. The framework is encircled by Kouzes and Posner’s 5 Practices in the outermost ring. The 5 Practices constitute the outward expressions of how students live out effective leadership and altruistic service, undergirded by the school values.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP PROGRESSIVE DEVELOPMENT MODEL
Meridian Secondary adopts an age-appropriate and progressive four-stage leadership training programme:
- Self Leadership
- Peer Leadership
- People Leadership
The Student Leadership curriculum can be broadly categorised into theoretical, experiential and empowerment to provide Meridians with a range of learning opportunities. It covers areas of self-discovery and improvement, servant leadership and teamwork, as well as planning and execution of community-based, school-based and smaller scale activities and events.
PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP
The following principles guide Meridian Secondary Student Leadership Programme:
- Leadership can be taught and learned by all Meridians willing to step up and accept the challenge to lead.
- Meridians take ownership of his/her learning and development.
- Leadership development is on-going and aided through a variety of activities and learning experiences that are customised to the needs and talents of Meridians.
Meridian Secondary School adopts the Kouzes and Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership Model in our Learning for Life Programme. Its principles are based on a set of observable skills and abilities that drive behaviours. The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership are namely Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act and Encourage the Heart.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE
Cohort leadership reaches out to the masses and aims to heighten the awareness of self-leadership. Through this programme, students will learn that leadership is a process of influence that enables one to first effectively manage self, then lead and influence others through their exemplary actions. The school has designed its Cohort Leadership programme and conducts workshops and camps for all levels. Also, Meridian has conceptualised and carried out an in-house Student Leadership fortnightly lesson known as Growing Leaders specifically for all Secondary 1 students.
Secondary 2 students get the chance to participate in the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA). NYAA is a prestigious youth development programme which aims to develop personal qualities of self-reliance, perseverance and a sense of responsibility to oneself and to society. At Secondary 2, Meridians are expected to participate in the Bronze Award challenge where they are required to complete various non-competitive activities in the areas of Service, Adventurous Journey, Skills and Physical Recreation.
The programme for this group aims to equip students with skills to help organise, plan and lead at the CCA or class levels. For example, as part of the leadership programme, students attend workshops on Service Learning and learn to plan and organise community involvement projects, team bonding activities and CCA weekly training sessions.
This programme seeks to equip School-Level Leaders with skills to lead and influence at the school level. They include several programmes such as Student Council Forum, Overseas Expedition, Student Leadership Training Camp, Public Speaking, Hosting workshops and Student Council Elections. There is a total of three categories of School-Level Leaders in Meridian Secondary School. The table below describes the roles of the respective leaders:
|Category of School-Level Leaders||Role/Function|
|Student Council||· To represent the student body as the “voice”, gathering feedback and initiating changes to the school.· To ensure that the school remains a safe, secure and enjoyable learning environment.
· To assist in maintaining the discipline and tone of the student body.
|Red Shirt Leaders||· To inspire and uplift the school spirit, by mobilising others to do extraordinary things for Meridian.· To build a sense of belonging and culture of the school.|
|CCA Heads||· To work with CCA teachers to plan, organise and implement training programmes.· To mentor juniors and prepare them to take up further leadership opportunities.|