Learning for Life Programme (Student Leadership)
Developing Confident Leaders through Mental Skills Empowerment and Values in Action
Vision: Every Xishanite, a Confident Leader with the Heart to Serve
Mission: To Nurture Xishanites to Become Confident Learners, Effective Collaborators and Servant Leaders
Motto: To Lead Is To Serve
LLP Student Leadership Framework
In Xishan Primary School, our Learning for Life Programme (LLP) develops confident leaders through mental skills empowerment and values in action. We believe that every Xishanite is capable of mastering mental skills to be an effective leader and applying values to contribute and make a difference. In line with our school’s Keep CALM and Give framework, students are given various opportunities to help them become confident leaders with the heart to serve.
Every Xishanite is a leader who will:
1. Connect – Build positive relationships and develop a sense of purpose to lead and serve others
2. Be Active – Be agents of change imbued with the belief that they can make a difference
3. Keep Learning – Acquire mental skills to strengthen their leadership competencies
4. Be Mindful – Develop strong awareness and demonstrate empathy when serving others
5. Give – Contribute meaningfully by serving their peers, the school or the community
Leadership Development Programme
Leadership development in Xishan is segmented into four tiers namely – Personal Leadership, Peer Leadership, Class Leadership and School-Level Leadership. The tiered structure aims to help students develop their leadership skills progressively and realise their optimal leadership potential. Anchored on Robert K Greenleaf’s Servant Leadership philosophy, we create ample opportunities for students to lead by serving.
Tier 1 – Personal Leadership
4 + 5 Cs Mental Skills Framework
All Xishanites undergo personal leadership modules where they are taught mental skills strategies to strengthen their personal effectiveness. These lessons equip students with the knowledge and skills to develop as self-leaders with the desire and confidence to take ownership of their learning. The mental skills – awareness, goal-setting, imagery and self-talk serve as key strategies to guide students in strengthening their leadership competencies (5Cs). The personal leadership curriculum anchors students in our school values to develop their socio-emotional skills. All in all, personal leadership lays the foundation for students to undertake greater leadership responsibilities in Tier 2, 3 and 4.
Tier 2 – Peer Leadership
Leadership development for Tier 2 leaders focuses on equipping students with the knowledge and skills to serve their peers. Students displaying strong leadership competencies (5Cs) are selected by their teachers as Peer Support Leaders (PSLs). PSLs receive training to help them understand their role to offer appropriate support to their peers in need. This leadership platform enables students to play a more active role in looking out for their peers, increasing their sense of ownership in creating a more inclusive learning environment for everyone.
Tier 3 – Class Leadership
Students who consistently demonstrate strong leadership competencies (5Cs) and exemplary behaviour are selected by their teachers as Class Monitors. Their training involves them in role-playing scenarios where they brainstorm ways to manage challenging situations that arise in class. To cater to students’ interest, teachers call upon students to volunteer as Subject Reps, Environment Reps, Cyberwellness Reps and VIA reps to serve in the areas they are passionate about. These class leaders are engaged in role specific trainings provided by their teachers. Class leadership roles are rotated every semester to provide leadership opportunities for every Xishanite to serve.
Tier 4 – School-Level Leadership
In tier 4, we plan and create opportunities for Prefects, Student Ambassadors and CCA leaders to serve the school and community. These student leaders undergo a rigorous selection process and are affirmed for their commitment to serving the school through these leadership appointments. Student leaders who display initiative and confidence in their communication are chosen to serve the school and in community outreaches to contribute back meaningfully.
These leadership trainings and platforms provide
students with more opportunities to enact good practices to sharpen their
leadership competencies (5Cs). The service opportunities inculcate in them the
spirit of serving and nurture them into confident leaders as they lead and
serve alongside one another. We
enrich Xishanite’s school experience by giving them opportunities to realise
their optimal leadership potential.