Leadership & Service
At Kristin, leadership and service are two sides of the same coin. Students in the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools are presented with a myriad of opportunities to serve their community and support their peers through a range of leadership roles and service groups.
From Year 7, students in the Middle School have the opportunity to be nominated as Class Captains. Class Captains meet regularly with their Dean to plan year level activities, provide feedback and gather information that is to be distributed to their peers. They also have the responsibility of representing their class on the Middle School Council, which meets once a term to look at all aspects of Middle School student life. These students are mentored by the Year 10 Student Council; one of the senior student leadership teams in the Middle School.
As well as the Student Council, Kristin Middle School is host to a large number of Year 10 Leadership teams, offering all students who wish to get involved with their community a means to do so. The students in these teams are responsible for organising many Middle School events, activities and programmes including assemblies, rock bands, fundraising activities, sporting events, recycling initiatives, lunchtime programmes and technical support for the wider school community to name a few.
Over 90% of Year 10 students in Kristin Middle School hold a voluntary position on a leadership team.
Students who wish to assume a leadership role at Kristin must understand that in doing so, they are committing themselves to working for other people, rather than for their own personal glory.
Aims of the programme:
- To provide students with a wide range of activities beyond the classroom.
- To foster student responsibility.
- To build and develop relationships with the Junior and Senior School as well as agencies in the wider community.
- To encourage student participation in decision-making.
- To allow students to deal with and have ownership of 'here and now' matters.
- To develop students interpersonal skills as they work in teams to achieve definite outcomes.
- Students develop a strong sense of pride and belonging.
- Formal leadership roles provide an avenue for students with leadership potential to develop their skills in a positive and rewarding way.
- Students develop high self-esteem and self-confidence through achieving success.
- Students build strong bonds with the student mentors and the staff facilitators attached to the teams.
- Teachers have reported a number of students who are part of this programme making major changes in their behaviour and schoolwork. This is simply from belonging to a leadership team where they create positive outcomes for themselves.
- Feedback from students suggests that the Leadership Programme is one of the highlights of their time in the Middle School.
Our leadership programme endeavours to develop ongoing and meaningful partnerships with community organisations. More than simply fundraising, students are encouraged to develop with a more holistic understanding of giving.
For example, students visiting Ronald McDonald House will raise money to buy food, which they then use to cook a meal for the residents – thus contributing their time and interacting with the residents. Similarly, students will collect food items for the Auckland City Mission and then invest time packing boxes for disadvantaged families – again making a meaningful connection with the charity. In this way we hope that students understand that charity is far more than just donating money.
Kristin Middle School's community partners include:
- Pasifika Project
- Auckland City Mission
- Lady Allum Lifestyle Care & Village
- Ronald McDonald House Charities NZ
- Oceania Group Senior Living
- Variety – The Children's Charity
- World Vision