By Ava Wilcox and Alice Cook*
HOWRAH Primary School’s Grade Six Leadership Program is just one of the many opportunities for senior students to take greater responsibility within the school community.
All grade six students are encouraged to participate in the program that is coordinated by Howrah Primary’s assistant principal, Chris Avery.
Grade six students are given the responsibility to plan, organise and lead a range of activities for prep to grade three students at lunch times.
The younger students are surveyed by the leaders to find out what types of activities they would like to participate in.
Posters are drawn up and leaders make a commitment to promoting, organising and running these lunchtime activities.
There is always a range of activities on offer for the younger students including quiet games in the library, dancing, sport and art projects.
Participating in this program is an enjoyable and rewarding experience for the grade six students as they develop skills such as confidence, helping others and problem solving.
Ben Jackson and Mac Massie are two students who have since taken part in the program.
“Leading the younger children in activities was a unique way to interact with the younger grades,” Ben said.
“Teaching the little kids activities was really fun for them and me,” Mac said.
The program ensures the younger children have a fun and positive time in the playground.
They always look forward to the day they get to participate.
The grade five students also look forward to their chance to lead the program next year.
*Ava and Alice are grade six students at Howrah Primary School.
Caption: Back row, from left, Howrah Primary grade six students Mac Massie and Ben Jackson with prep pupils Ryan MacCrosty, April Green and Kirra McCallum.