It is the hope of the school that every student will have a broad and varied experience of leadership during their time here. Many definitions and models of leadership are available. The leader as ‘the servant’ of the group is a popular one. The understanding of leadership we would hope to achieve, through participation in the broad life of the school, is leadership as a form of problem solving in which the interests of the community, and the leader, are taken into account. Leadership need also be based on sure principle. It is an understanding of leadership we would hope students would acquire through participation in the Advisory program, the sports program, participation in assemblies and effective application to their academic program. The school is committed to the idea that every student has a unique leadership contribution to make and to discovering and supporting that contribution, particularly in their Senior year.
Two Student Body Presidents – male and female - are elected, by vote from both their Senior peers and staff. Two Student Body Vice-Presidents – male and female – are elected by a vote from both their Senior peers and staff. Along with the Sports Reps, they form the Senior Leadership group within the school. Their role and responsibilities are extensive. The Senior Leadership group chairs the Secondary School and High School assemblies. They assume a senior role in all major events. Critically, they act as role models to the student population.
The purpose of this body is to develop student leadership, acquire and apply democratic decision-making principles and procedures and to provide services to the school, faculty and student population.
There are two Student Council’s in the Secondary School: the High School Student Council and the Middle School Student Council.
The High School Student Council is comprised of four committees: Administration, Celebration, Communication and Exploration. These committees serve a variety of functions which include, but are not limited to:
Secretary – Responsible for meetings, agendas, delegation of tasks and ensuring accountability, and coordination of efforts of the Student Council.
Treasurer – Responsible for the management of the financial affairs – both income and expenditure - of the Student Council – Free Dress days, bake sales, etc.
Responsible for conducting social activities and gatherings – National Day, International Night, AISAfest…
Responsible for organizing trips and activities – Desert Trip, overseas trip, local excursions…Communication
Responsible for student publications and publicizing student events – ie. newsletters, posters, etc, as well as AISAToday, website, etc
Leadership of the Student Council is vested in the Year 11 year group. Each of the four committee will have a Chairmen of Committees – one male and one female, drawn from the Year 11 year group as well as Committee Members, drawn from the Year 11 year group. They will be elected by popular ballot amongst those Year 11 students who have nominated for a position of responsibility within the Student Council.