Student Leadership Development
The Student Leadership Development Committee in YTSS aims to develop all YTzens as “Confident Leaders”.
Every YTzen will be respected as a Confident Leader who displays exemplary Leadership competencies.
We are committed to providing opportunities to all YTzens to develop their Leadership competencies and become a Confident Leader.
Understanding the YTSS Student Leadership Framework
The Student Leadership Committee (SLC) strongly believes in a quote once said by John F. Kennedy, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to one another.” The alignment of our Leadership training programmes is to the “5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership” is critical in the development of our Students to become Confident Leaders.
The SLC seeks to achieve the following aims through guiding and providing resources to the multiple Student Leadership pathways in this School:
1. To provide resources, training and information to all Students and Teachers of the School.
2. To assist and implement effective and responsive processes for the functioning of Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) as well as the different Student Organisations and Committees in YTSS.
3. To raise awareness of the importance and availability of Student Leadership in YTSS through involvement in activities such as service-learning opportunities, physical endurance trainings and workshops.
Theoretical Underpinning:Every building needs a firm foundation. Therefore, to underscore the importance of our programs and processes for Student Leadership in YTSS, we sought to find academics who have researched on the subject and conducted numerous experiments to substantiate their findings. To this end, we have discovered that the deliberations and projections offered by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner in their 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership most closely align to the outcomes we desire our Student Leaders to achieve.
The 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership model was developed 3 decades ago based on exhaustive research. It has helped millions of Leaders gain clarity in their vision and purpose. It also highlights that when a Leader empowers those who follow to achieve their personal best, companies, campuses and organisations anywhere in the world can be transformed. Approaching Leadership as a measurable, learnable and teachable set of behaviours, the Leadership Challenge Framework grew out of vigorous research that first begun in 1982 when Kouzes and Posner set out to understand those times when Leaders perform at their personal best. Through hundreds of interviews and reviews of hundreds of case studies and questionnaires, emerged the 5 fundamental practices, common to extraordinary Leadership achievement. Known worldwide as the most practical model of Leadership development, the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership continues to prove its effectiveness in cultivating and liberating the Leadership potential in anyone at any level in any organisation who chooses to accept the challenge to lead.
The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®
Model The Way
Our Student Leaders create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow.
Inspire A Shared Vision
Our Student Leaders passionately believe that they can make a difference and enlist others into their dreams.
Challenge The Process
Our Student Leaders experiment and take risks to improve the Organisation.
Enable Others To Act
Our Student Leaders foster collaboration and actively involves others.
Encourage The Heart
Our Student Leaders celebrate achievements and recognize contributions that individuals make.
The SLC has adopted several methods to identify Student Leaders among our Student Body in YTSS such as:
1. Teacher Nomination
Nominations by Teachers are crucial in identifying Students who show Leadership potential through their participation in classes and Co-Curricular Activity (CCA).
2. Peer Nomination
This is an avenue where the SLOs and Teachers-in-charge are able to gain personal feedback of the Students’ perspective and opinion to better identify potential Student Leaders that are well-regarded upon by his/her peers.
3. Interview with SLO Teacher Advisors
Interviews are personally done by SLO Teacher Advisors to allow in-depth discussion with the nominated Students so as to better understand the views and opinions of these potential Student Leaders.
The Student Leadership Programme (SLP) has crafted multiple pathways for the Leadership development of our YTzens upon identification and confirmation as Student Leaders in YTSS mainly through:
· Potential Leaders developing through Aspiring Leaders.
· CCA appointed Leaders developing through Empowering Leaders.
· Yishun Town Monitor Council (YTMC) leading up to YTMC Executive Committee.
· Yishun Town Student Council (YTSC) leading up to the YTSC Executive Committee.
· Others: Secondary One Orientation, Secondary Two Adventure Camp, Secondary Three Leadership Camp, Service Learning Projects, et cetera for all Students.
YTSS STUDENT LEADERSHIP COAT OF ARMS
Understanding the Coat of Arms:
The Coat of Arms is shaped in the form of a shield to represent the strength of the community of Leaders that stand ready to answer the call of Leadership.
The Coat of Arms consists of 4 Logos, each representing the respective Student Leader Organisations and Programmes: Student Council, Monitor Council, Aspiring Leaders and Empowering Leaders.
The circle in the centre of the shield links the 4 Organisations in YTSS in a never-ending circle of trust, inter-dependency and mutual support.
The earthy tones of the background on the shield signify the wholesomeness of the community of Student Leaders in YTSS.
Furthermore, the 4 distinct Student Leadership Organisation (SLO) has specific programmes and training methods catered to the needs of the Student Organisation to mould the Student Leaders into Confident Leaders of YTSS.
1. Planning and Execution of daily duties routine School operations and School Events
2. Student Leadership Convention
3. Student Council Investitures
4. Youth Leadership Convention
1. Peacemaker Conference
2. Conflict Resolution Workshops
3. Support in School Events
4. YTMC Leadership Workshop
5. Student Leadership Community Enrichment
1. Leadership Development Programme
2. “We Cheer!” Project
3. Conflict Resolution Workshops
4. Leadership Etiquette Course
1. Leadership Development Programme
2. Leadership Etiquette Course
3. Planning and execution of School Events and activities (Leadership platforms through service to School)
Expected Outcome of the YTSS SLP
Through the specific and well-designed programmes provided by the School in the rota of the Student Leadership Programme, we strive to develop and mould our Student Leaders who upholds the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership and display the 4 School Values namely;
Integrity, Gratitude, Responsibility & Respect
to become YTzens who are