At West Island School we believe that students should be given a wide range of opportunities to develop and practise their leadership skills in preparation for life beyond WIS. Student Leadership is an integral part of learning and development and hence there are a plethora of opportunities across the school for students to get involved, collaborate, manage and lead.
Some Student Leadership opportunities on offer include being elected as part of the Head Student Team, leading the school’s Dynasty System, membership of the school’s Student Forum and Events Council and becoming Student Mentors, Student Coaches to students in lower year groups. There is also a wide range of leadership opportunities within the school’s comprehensive Creativity, Activity and Service programme.
Many Student Leadership activities focus on strengthening the great learning that takes place at WIS in and out of the classroom, developing students’ care and compassion for the local and international community, as well as embracing the school’s commitment to Creativity, Activity and Service.
Aims of our Student Leadership Programme
- To empower students to work in partnership with staff towards shared goals.
- To enable creativity to flourish as the school community benefits from the wealth of experiences, ideas and skills that the students bring.
- To provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through a variety of inspiring, challenging and valued projects which impact positively on learning, teaching and wellbeing for both students and staff.
- To prepare students for life beyond West Island School.
Head Students 2016-2017
Board of Student Chairs
West Island School offers hundreds of extra-curricular opportunities throughout the year, from lunchtime performances to beach cleanups, sports competitions to teaching English at local primary schools. The idea of regulating and supporting the continuity of all these experiences as you can imagine is undoubtedly daunting. In the past, it relied on disparate student-led committees alongside sporadic conversations with school administration for facilities and resource usage, inevitably leading to unnecessary inefficiencies, resource wastage, and far too many emails. From my seven years at WIS, I have noticed how students could do so much more to be responsible for their own learning outside the classroom; equally from my three years in one of the aforementioned committees, I have seen numerous service projects and other great opportunities disappear simply due to a lack of sustainability.
The newly formed Board of Student Chairs ironically adds to the committee count in school, but serves a unique function: a platform for collaboration. This Board aims to bring together the various student-led committees to discuss the sharing of resources, advice and skill. In addition, this platform facilitates a new, unhindered channel for student voice to flow through, allowing us as leaders to reflect and review our practices. An ambitious project to streamline the extra-curricular management system at WIS, this initiative is spearheaded by Shreya Rane and myself, to make opportunities more accessible to the student body whilst reducing the pressure placed on staff.
My vision is simple. Continuity and sustenance are key: the more efficient and streamlined the system becomes, the better the variety and quality of extra-curricular activities, and progress can be preserved long after its founders have moved on. West Island is unique for its impeccably diverse and imaginative experiences, and I know the Board will go a long way towards maintaining this culture through the test of time.
Dustin Wong (Founder and Chair)