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 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 Five 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 Five Practices in the outermost ring. The Five 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:
- Leaders of Self
- Leaders of Peers
- Leaders of Community
- Mentors of Leaders
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 guiding principles behind the school’s Student Leadership Programme are listed below.
- Leadership skills can be nurtured in all Meridians who are ready to step up and accept the challenge to lead.
- Meridians take ownership of their learning and development.
Leadership development is a journey that takes Meridians through a variety of activities and authentic experiences that are customised to the needs and interests 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
The school’s Student Leadership programme reaches out to all students in the school to various degrees.
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 designs its Cohort Leadership programme and conducts workshops and camps for all levels. In addition, there is an in-house Student Leadership fortnightly lesson known as Growing Leaders specifically for all Secondary 1 students.
Secondary 2 and 3 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. Meridians are expected to participate in the Bronze Award at Secondary 2 and Silver Award at Secondary 3 where they are required to complete various non-competitive activities in the areas of Service, Adventurous Journey, Skills and Physical Recreation.
At Tier 2, student leaders undergo further training and participate in a wider range community projects to develop Group Leadership as Student Councillors, Red Shirt Leaders, CCAs Leaders, or Class Chairpersons. What is unique in our school is that students are encouraged to step forward and nominate themselves or their peers to take on these leadership roles and not wait to be selected by teachers or seniors.
|Category of Group Leadership||Role/Function|
|Student Councillors||· 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 Leaders||· To work with CCA teachers to plan, organise and implement training programmes.
· To mentor juniors and prepare them to take up further leadership opportunities.
|Class Chairpersons||· To work with form teachers to foster a sense of belonging in the classroom.
· To organise and lead the class in the various class activities and school events.
· To assist form and subject teachers to ensure that lessons run smoothly and maximum learning takes place.
At Tier 3, after student leaders have honed their skills, they now pay it forward by leading and inspiring their juniors and challenge themselves to collaborate with external partners to serve the wider community.