Students at West Melton School have many opportunities to develop their leadership skills through a variety of roles and responsibilities. Check out the information on this page for more information on each role.
The library at West Melton School is open Monday - Thursday at lunchtime and is a well-resourced learning centre. It is equipped with high interest and age appropriate material that is constantly evolving. There are five I-pads for all students to use during lunchtime and class library time. Recently some board games were purchased and these are proving to be popular. The Year 5 & 6 students are the librarians and this forms part of their school responsibilities. The Year 7 & 8 students are senior librarians and they help with the planning of themed events, helping the younger librarians and liaising with teachers and other library staff.
At West Melton School the Year 5 - 8 students have the opportunity to become Peer Mediators. These students have regular meetings and support; to learn the skills involved in being a mediator. Once trained they are able to assist learners and teachers with minor conflict resolution in the playground. This is a great opportunity for learners to improve their communication skills, both with other learners and teachers.
Students from our Year 6 - 8 classes, who travel on the school buses, have the option of undertaking the important role of School Bus Monitor.
Bus Monitors act as models for safe behaviour on the buses, and they remind other students of bus rules and expectations for appropriate behaviour. They report to the bus drivers and school staff any matters of concern.
The PAL programme is adaptable and designed to suit the needs of our students. It gives senior students responsibility and an opportunity to be seen in a leadership role. At the same time, the programme helps to encourage students’ participation in sport and physical activity and contributes to their 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
Being a PAL gives the students within our school a sense of pride and satisfaction as well as an opportunity to develop a role model status.
Some benefits we have noticed while running PAL include:
● Students develop personal leadership skills
● Students have an opportunity to accept more responsibility, appreciation, and respect from teachers and students
● Students gain a sense of satisfaction for helping the enjoyment of others while working towards a happier, healthier, more physically active life!
● Provides a great teaching and learning opportunity in leadership, sportsmanship and teamwork.
Physical Activity Leaders (PALs)
Sport Shed Monitors
At West Melton School we are lucky to have a well-resourced sports shed. This shed is open every lunch break (weather dependent) and our learners can use a range of different sports equipment.
The shed is managed by Year 5 & 6 children, who run the sports shed as part of their school wide responsibilities.
In addition to the sports shed equipment each class has its own set of sports gear that can be used during breaks.
There are also bikes and helmets that are issued for the bmx track, through the sports shed during lunchtime breaks.
As part of the monitors responsibility they check classroom issued equipment, inflate balls and make sure the equipment is returned correctly.
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West Melton School has six whānau groups; Hill, Ross, Langdale, Selwyn, Trickett, and Newton. Each whānau has two year 7 or 8 leaders who are elected at the beginning of the year. Their responsibilities sit just below the School Ambassadors.
Our Year 5 - 8 learners, have the opportunity to take the lead in Jump Jam dance/exercise routines for the whole school on Friday mornings. Students can also audition for place in school teams to participate in annual regional and national Jump Jam competitions.
The Eco-Warriors maintain the gardens, the worms and the recycling. We have five gardens in the school that we use to grow fruits and vegetables. Once a week the recycling team goes out and collects all the recycling bins from the communities.
At West Melton School we offer students a variety of student leadership roles.
The leadership roles offered are:
● 4 x School Ambassadors (Year 8)
● 12 x Whānau Leaders (Year 7 & 8) - top 2 per whānau
● 30 x Librarian
● 30 x Eco Warrior
● 10 x Office assistant
● 20 x Sport Shed Monitor
● 15 x Peer Mediator
● 14 x Bus Monitor
● 20 x Road Patrol
● 4 x Flag/bell Monitor
● 12 x Technicians
● 4 x Reporters
● 12 x Student Exec
● 2 x Kapa Haka Leaders
● 2 x Librarian Leaders
● 2 x Choir Leaders
We encourage and support these leadership roles in the safe primary school environment with the hope that the students will take on leadership roles at high school and in the community. The students attend leadership develop training throughout the year.
All positions are advertised at the start of the year. If students are interested in a role they can download a job description and complete it to apply. Applications can take on any format such as digital, written or spoken.
Successful students are trained and issued with a contract and their badges, which are worn with pride. It is an honour to be a West Melton Leader.