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Monday, 20 February 2012

Leadership at St Zoes

The following was written by the head teacher at St Zoes.


ST ZOE MISSION REALISED IN STUDENTS’ LEADERSHIP

St Zoe primary school mission says: TO TRAIN AN ALL ROUND PERSON CAPABLE OF SELF RELIANCE.

This mission guides all courses of action at the school. All the curricular and co-curricular programs are aimed at achieving the school mission.
One of the elements through which a person could become round and self reliant is to learn leadership. The belief is that future leaders are trained right from infant stages. It is very hard to begin training leadership at a later stage. So, at St Zoe, children are given opportunities to become leaders when they are still young.

HOW WAS IT DONE AT ST ZOE THIS YEAR? PLANTING THE SEED OF DEMOCRACY
Two teachers were assigned the duty of guiding the young stars on the procedures. On 13th February 2012, an announcement was passed in the morning during the assembly. The teachers advertised several positions that required applications. Some of these included: Head prefect, Assistant Head Prefect, Sanitary prefect, Head Monitor, Dormitory Captain, Debating Prefect, Games and Sports, Welfare Prefect, Time keeper, Catering Prefect and Librarians.
Pupils were encouraged to apply on any position of one’s preference. All boys and girls were free to compete on any position and the community was to elect on merit.

THE GENERAL CAMPAIGNS
 These were held on the 16th February 2012 in the afternoon. Here a candidate was given chance to address the whole and show the others how capable he/she is in the position he/she is campaigning for.
On the 17th February 2012, the general elections were held. Eligible voters were Primary Three to Primary Seven. Lower classes did not vote just because of age.
At the end of the exercise, a lot of joy was observed and this manifested the real feeling of victory on the side of the winners. The role of the teacher at this point is to congratulate the winners, explain the role of prefects and to encourage those who have not gone through to always try again and to join hands for the greater glory of the school. Hence, St Zoe has always seen both good winners and good losers

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