Leadership and Community Service
Leadership is an essential element of Sixth Form life at St. Andrew’s. Sixth Formers are encouraged to take on responsibilities across the school and outside in the wider community; we believe in our students and know that (with guidance) they have the maturity, skills, judgement and personal qualities to be able to learn through a wide variety of tasks and roles, hence why the vast majority of our Sixth Formers lead very active and busy lives, preparing them for the contributions they will hopefully make to society out in the wider world. Even before entering the Year 12, we make it clear to prospective Sixth Formers that we have high expectations of them, and that they have to live up to the high standards which our student leaders have shown through the years; every graduating class wants to be remembered as the best and not be a disappointment to those who have come before. Leadership is developed at St. Andrew’s by a variety of means, allowing students with a full range of skills and personalities to develop this vital skill:
- Community service: many Sixth Formers have regular community service commitments each week in nearby international primary schools, Malawi government schools, township charities, orphanages and many other areas. In a society like Malawi where there is a great skills short, we encourage our Sixth Formers to use their skills to help the wider community; every student at St. Andrew’s has a skill which can be put to good use.
- Mentoring: Sixth Formers play a leading role in mentoring younger students. We have recently started a process of training Sixth Form IT students as E-mentors to encourage younger students to be safe when using the internet. School Prefects act as mentors of tutor groups across the school, whilst it is common practice for Sixth Formers to act as one-to-one mentors of students with organisation, pastoral, disciplinary or special educational needs.
- Prefects: all Year 12 students can be selected as School Prefects; although a relatively small core of students are appointed – representing the finest role model attributes – they take on a demanding pastoral and disciplinary role, encompassing daily duties, running their own order meetings, mentoring, representing the school at events and leading the organisation of Sixth Form events. Each of the four school Houses also has their own House Prefect body, with students applying for these roles on an annual basis. Year 13 students assume the top leadership roles as House Captains in each House, but Year 12s also take on other House Prefect roles, each of which is clearly defined, such as that of Sports Captain or House charity Prefect. These House Prefects manage and organise teams in House competitions, lead the drive to support each House charity and help the House Manger run assemblies. Sixth Formers also take on leadership roles in boarding as Boarding Prefects and as Head Boy & Head Girl of boarding. Supervising preps, mentoring and generally acting in loco parentis in many circumstances, Sixth Form boarders are at the head of the boarding family.
- Heads & Deputies: at the top of the School Prefect team come the Head Boy & Girl, and their Deputies, aided by Senior Prefects. The team is selected from the newly appointed Prefects at the end of each school year. These demanding roles show St. Andrew’s Sixth Formers at their best, guiding and representing the entire student body, meeting regularly with senior members of staff to ensure the smooth running of the school, fundraising for school charities, and line managing the Prefects and their disciplinary roles. Such are the responsibilities and the trust placed on the Heads and Deputies that they often become almost extra members of staff.