LLP - Student Leadership
History of Student Leadership Development in Hai Sing Catholic (HSC) School
HSC established itself as Service Leadership Centre (SLC) in 2002. In the spirit of service-leadership, Student leaders from Hai Sing train primary school students leadership skills with the motto “To Lead is To Serve”. At the same time, they become better leaders themselves.
In 2008, SLC was renamed Hai Leadership Academy (HLA). The motto of “To Lead is To Serve” was continued to retain the main strength of service leadership that encourages everyone to seek opportunities to both serve and lead others. The HLA instilled in all students basic leadership traits and skills of leading a team as core competencies in their formative years through a structured student leadership development programme. Every student would have the opportunity to develop their leadership traits and skills in the curriculum and co-curriculum programmes. Students who possessed strong leadership potential are recruited into 6 identified leadership tracks as part of the HLA.
From 2011 onwards, all students undergo the Hai Student Leadership Development (HSLD), a signature programme of HLA that builds a service leadership culture that is anchored on values to develop the students’ potential through a more holistic style of student leadership.
Niche Programme - Hai Student Leadership Development (HSLD)
Every student in HSC is nurtured to be equipped with skills and competencies of a leader in the 21st century, exhibiting (1) Information and Communication Skills, (2) Civic Literacy, Global Awareness and Cross-cultural Skills & (3) Critical and Inventive Thinking. HSC believes that “Every Haisian is a Leader” which is aligned to the school’s vision and mission of developing students to their potential holistically in the domains of moral, physical, social, cognitive and aesthetic.
HSC aims to equip students with the desired traits of a leader that is based on School values of integrity and Compassion; and core competencies of leading a team confidently, independently with adaptability and graciousness to nurture outstanding 21st Century Leaders. We expose all of our students to leadership opportunities through a structured student leadership development programme that offers them a head start in leading and managing successful projects.
The development of the student leadership in HSC is based on the following 7 key principles:
i. All students have the potential to develop and demonstrate leadership skills over time.
ii. Leadership development is part of a life-long learning process.
iii. Leadership potential can be developed in accordance to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
iv. Leadership is developed through learning, guidance, role models and opportunities.
v. Leadership traits, skills, knowledge, attitude and values can be encouraged and developed through a wide range of school programmes and activities.
vi. The school’s student leadership programmes and activities will be more valued and sustainable with support from the stakeholders.
vii. Student leadership opportunities and roles need to be perceived as valuable by the stakeholders.
These 7 key principles are applied into the following 4 domains of leadership development that serves as a
compass for HSLD to nurture students to achieve the outcomes of the 21st Century Competencies
i. Values and Ethics
ii. Competencies and Skills
The School uses a Hierarchy of Needs to develop all students in their leadership competencies. Hence, there are 4 phases of needs in the training plan for HSLD.
i. Basic needs – (Discovery Phase in Sec 1) Traits of a Leader
ii. Social needs – (Development Phase in Sec 2) Leading a Team
iii. Cognitive needs – (Deployment Phase in Sec 3) Coordinating Teams
iv. Self-Actualization – (Developer Phase in Sec 4/5) Advisory Role
In order for leadership to be developed progressively, the basic needs of understanding the Traits of a Leader is instilled in the students during the first year in the school. The whole cohort of Sec 1 students will attend a workshop in this area at the beginning of the year. This will enable the pupils to embrace the values and ethics of a leader in the activities and projects that they partake. As the students progress on, they should continue to exercise the Traits of a Leader, being a habit that they inculcate and eventually transform into a steadfast character of their own self.
Continuing to exercise the Traits of a Leader, the students will serve as mentors to their juniors and learn the considerations of Leading a Team and put it into practice and use during the second year. The main considerations will be defining the team’s objectives and planning considerations of manpower, logistics, time and space, available resources and support, and possible contingencies. Again, this will be a workshop, incorporated into the IPW preparatory training at the end of Sec 1. This would progress the leadership into achieving the social needs of its development, putting into practice specifically during in IPW.
As the students advance to their third year, the school environment would enable the emergence of students with strong leadership potential in respective student bodies. The Student Leaders and CCA Groups leaders will then stretch their leadership potential and learn to Coordinate Teams through experiential training and activities. This then fulfill the cognitive needs of the leadership development.
Upon achieving each level of leadership development, a student is able to exercise the Advisory Role of a mentor. In fact, those who possess strong leadership qualities are also able to train their juniors in their leadership development.
The key leadership opportunities in HSC are as illustrated below to allow all students to participate in order to develop cognitively of their leadership potential.
Key Leadership Opportunities
Nature of Leadership
Every student is a leader in their own way.
Role modelling, leading a sub-team or section
Carrying out specific school-wide tasks and
Leadership starts with oneself as a role model.
Team leader exercises Traits of a Leader & leading a Team to influence members to achieve the objective.
Students exercising Traits of a Leader. Students emerging as team leaders whenever opportunity arises.
An independent project undertaken by the student to participate in collaborative work with other teams / area of responsibilities / discipline of academic / etc. exercising self or team leadership in the process
2. House Captains
Coordinating different activities of the House Games.
3. Sports Captain
To coordinate different Sports CCA teams for training days and venues.
4. Chief of Uniformed Group (UG)
To coordinate different UGs for ushering roles, crowd control and NE programmes.
5. Arts Director
To coordinate different SYF groups for concerts and performances during school functions.
6. Societies Chairman
To coordinate different CCA society groups to participate in fringe activities during school events.
Secondary 4 & 5
7. Advisors and trainer of their juniors in respective CCA groups and Student Leader bodies
Mentor and advise juniors objectively
Base on the 4 phases of HSLD, each phase has a defined set of skills to develop the established competency. These desired outcomes are being tracked via Student Leadership Competency Tracking Tool (SLCoTT) to indicate the level of competency being observed of each student. These set of skills are being introduced progressively over the years in HSC and are tracked every year again, in addition to new set of skills acquired, to observe for improved performance.