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Student Leadership

Junior School

As our Junior School consists of classes from Kindergarten to Year 4, embedded in our extra-curricular program are formalised student leadership roles for Year 4 students. Student leadership roles challenge individuals to develop a sense of vision and purpose as they take on responsibilities and use decision making skills in order to carry a project through to a successful conclusion. They develop interpersonal and intrapersonal skills including communication, negotiation, teamwork and reflection. Students are given opportunities to develop the skills of active, reflective listeners who respond effectively as they work with others to determine and achieve collective goals.

A leader is not someone who simply has a badge on their jacket. At St Philip's Christian College Gosford, we believe leaders are those who want to make a difference in the lives of others through service. "Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve" (Mark 10:45), and so our leadership philosophy is based on this understanding.

Middle School

Middle School students have the chance to participate and engage in different leadership opportunities. 

Elected Students in Years 5-8 are involved in the Student Representative Council where they contribute to different development projects and initiatives within Middle School. Elected Year 8 student leaders represent the Middle School cohort. 

These students help organise and lead Assemblies, Chapels and other programs and events within the College. In addition to this, all Year 8 students participate in a Christian leadership program throughout the year.

Senior School

Leaders can be found in the classroom, on the sporting field and around the playground. However, there are a number of formal leadership opportunities available to our Senior School students. These include Student Representative Council, House Captains, Prefects and School Captains.

Characteristics and expectations of a leader at St Philip's Christian College Gosford:

  • To always set a fine example of Christian living to fellow students;
  • To actively promote school pride and participation in school activities within the student body;
  • To display honesty, integrity and humility in all that they do;
  • To represent the student body at certain functions;
  • To support teachers with playground, bus and canteen duty, Pastoral Care Class etc;
  • Assist in running of Chapel Services, College Assemblies and other College gatherings;
  • Meet with Head of Senior School on regular occasions to discuss matters pertaining to their role in the College;
  • Be prepared to act as ambassadors for the College in all facets of leadership, Pastoral Care, service, encouragement and participation.

All Year 12 students share with the Prefects a responsibility to maintain high standards of conduct and a strong community spirit in the College. The general atmosphere of the College depends on the example of leadership given by the Senior Students.