Primary/Intermediate School Leadership

Our Primary/Intermediate School Leadership programmes aim to introduce students to the basic concepts of leadership and give them opportunities to gain confidence to lead younger students in a safe and supported environment. Scroll down to learn more about:

  • Hands Up 2 Step Up
  • Looking 2 Lead
  • Y-Lead
  • Physical Activity Leaders (PALs)
  • Amazing Race

Hands Up 2 Step Up

Hands Up 2 Step Up is aimed at primary school students to develop leadership pathways at an early age.​

Designed predominantly for Years 5 and 6

Learning Intentions:

  • Identifying what effective leadership can look like
  • Leading and managing themselves in a positive way
  • Working positively together, participating, and contributing
  • Become actively involved in your school community
  • Making decisions, respecting other’s opinions, and inspiring other pupils
  • Step up to help others.

The right skills can make all the difference when a child first takes on a leadership role within their school and/or community.

To find out more about this programme, contact Paula Dewar – School Programmes Manager. Phone 027 579 2680 or complete the form below.

Looking2Lead

Looking2Lead programmes are designed for young people with leadership potential who may already have started to take on responsibilities in their schools.

Designed predominantly for Years 7 and 8

Learning Intentions:

  • Identify what effective leadership is and how it could look within your school context and community
  • Determine positive leadership characteristics leaders can develop
  • Recognise the importance of communicating effectively to lead positively
  • Offer their own ideas with confidence and value the ideas of others
  • Apply knowledge of different personalities to help them to work smarter with their peers
  • Demonstrate leadership in ‘action’ by leading their peers in activities
  • Develop and display confidence in themselves to demonstrate leadership at school.

To find out more about this programme, contact Paula Dewar – School Programmes Manager. Phone 027 579 2680 or complete the form below.

Y-LEAD

Youth Leadership Exploration & Development

This collaboration day is aimed at students from Years 5-8 who have taken on Leadership Roles within their schools or for those students who have leadership potential and need a bit more development in a team situation. Schools can send two teams on either of the Leadership Days (separate days for Years 5-6 and for Years 7-8). Schools then have the option for support from WILSS throughout the year for any other student leadership development that is needed. 

What’s in it for the student?

  • Exciting experiences and activities
  • New friendships
  • Pushed outside comfort zone in a safe environment
  • Develop confidence in challenging situations
  • Effective leadership through communication
  • Explore and develop personal leadership skills
  • A range of theory and practical learning activities.

To find out more about this programme, please contact Sam Knight - Volunteer Programme Coordinator.  Phone 027 508 5508 or complete the form below.

Physical Activity Leaders (PALs)

PALs Programme (Physical Activity Leaders) - Caters for primary and intermediate students Years 5-8 and gives participants the chance to develop leadership skills, design and plan their own physical activity sessions, be excellent role models to other students and have fun. Students will look at leadership, managing an event and how to run lunchtime activities.

Physical Activity Leaders is an adaptable programme which should be designed to suit the needs of the students. Being a PAL gives the students within the school an opportunity to be seen in a leadership role.

Some noticed benefits of running the Physical Activity Leaders programme include:

  • Students developing personal leadership skills.
  • Students have an opportunity to accept more responsibility, appreciation, and respect from teachers and students.
  • Students gain a sense of satisfaction for helping the enjoyment of others while working towards a happier, healthier, more physically active life!
  • Provides a great teaching and learning opportunity in leadership, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

Examples of PALs in action within schools:

  • Running lunchtime games and activities.
  • Being responsible for and involved in the planning of school community sports and recreation events.
  • Running activity events to promote what PALs do.
  • Setting up teacher versus student challenges.
  • Creating a buddy up system with junior students.

The opportunities are limitless!

Getting started with the Physical Activity Leaders programme

Stirring interest

  • Introduce the programme in assembly with a guest speaker.
  • Promotional flyers around the school.
  • Special lunchtime coaching sessions.

To find out more about Physical Activity Leaders please contact Sam Knight - Volunteer Programme Coordinator.  Phone 027 508 5508 or complete the form below.

Amazing Race

This is a challenging and fun event held each year in Week 2 of Term 4 at the Hamilton Gardens.

Designed for Primary students Years 5 and 6, and Intermediate students Years 7 and 8

  • Teams participate in a variety of pitstop leadership challenges set within different parts of the Hamilton Gardens.
  • Each team completes as many pitstops as they can within the set time period. These pitstops are a variety of physical, cognitive and creative tasks that challenge, enthuse and motivate students.
  • Teachers and adults supporting the race teams can observe potential leaders in action, taking on and developing leadership skills, while working cohesively as a team.
  • The right skills can make all the difference when a child first takes on a leadership role within their school and/or community.
  • We help head students and young leaders become more confident and effective by developing skills that will enable them to make the biggest contribution to their communities.

To find out more about The Amazing Race, contact Sam Knight - Volunteer Programme Coordinator.  Phone 027 508 5508 or complete the form below.

Primary/Intermediate School Leadership Enquiry

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