Leadership: “The youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also the partners of today.”
Leadership skills are relevant to young boys’ personal development, as well as their role within a group. On a personal level, it is vital for the boys to gain insight into themselves. This helps them analyse their strengths and weaknesses and set personal and vocational goals. On a group level, they need to develop the ability to work with others to create a shared vision and to draw on the talents, skills and energy of others.
The central purpose of our leadership programme is to support the boys in taking the initiative to engage in civic and community activities in order to build on their strengths and self-esteem and to work together as a team.
The Habit of Mind, Think about our Thinking, is a vital habit in the development of leadership skills. We’re always thinking, even when we don’t think we are. Our brains are constantly working to solve problems, to remedy issues, consolidating information, and processing new knowledge. Our brains function in ways we can’t consciously comprehend, always doing something behind the scenes. By becoming more in-tune with our personal thinking patterns we can develop healthier habits of creative and productive thinking.
As part of the Leadership Programme the WHPS Grade 7 boys felt that it was important to show support for the campaign to stop global warming. This campaign, ‘Change the Rules’ is an initiative by Greta Thunberg. She is a Swedish political activist working to stop global warming and climate change. In August 2018, she became a prominent figure for starting the first school strike for climate, outside the Swedish parliament building. As a united group, the boys created a heart on the field on Friday 15 March from 08:00 – 08:30. They came up with the slogan. #HaveAHeartDoYourPart
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– Brigitte Theunissen / Deputy Head Academics