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Student leadership

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​​Helensvale State High School takes great pride in developing leadership attributes within each and every individual student. By nurturing leadership within our students, we believe they will be better positioned to make a positive difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

We believe that all students enrolled at Helensvale State High School can succeed and provide leadership that adds value to our school community. The attributes of leadership invested into our students centre around our core values of:

  • Respect
  • Responsibility and
  • Resilience

In 2021 we are encouraging student leadership under the banner of our theme of:

'BE COURAGEOUS'​

Students are offered various opportunities to participate in a formal leadership positions within the school, from Year 7 through to Year 12. 

 Leadership opportunities include but are not limited to: 

  • Senior Leadership team - School Captains and Vice Captains
  • Prefects
  • Student Council 
  • School Council
  • Northern Collegiate Leaders
  • Fundraising, Environment, Wellbeing and Community Projects/Groups

    School Support Statement

    The school supports student leadership through:  
  • recognition ceremonies (including badge presentations)
  • encouraging opportunities for student leadership throughout curricular, co-curricular and community activities
  • purposeful training for students in leadership skills and their application to the school community
  • the provision of teacher facilitators to manage the leadership program

​Student Leadership Structure at Helensvale State High School

SCHOOL EXECUTIVE STUDENT LEADERSHIP (four school captains)
​2021 Captains: Bella Agar, Chloe Gill, Lucy Brill, Jacob Henderson

The position of School Captain is the pinnacle of student leadership at Helensvale State High School. Our Captains represent the whole school community. They model our core values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.

Our Captains are independent and reliable leaders. They inspire others. Our Captains enjoy the confidence and respect of the school community. This is a dynamic, demanding role and, as such, requires visible participation in the school community with a need to be able to lead, organize and communicate to others in the leadership group, as well as demonstrate a real commitment to the position with honour and integrity.​

Our school captains:

  • Actively communicate with the leadership coordinator, student leaders/voice and other school staff
  • Represent the student body at formal occasions both within and outside the school, such as Anzac Day commemorations, awards nights and parent teacher evenings
  • Represent the school at official functions and are involved in a number of aspects of the school community both within the grounds and the community
  • Assist and lead the organisation of Senior/Junior school assemblies to promote the values and good name of Helensvale State High School
  • Speak to the whole school about relevant matters and encourage participation in all aspects of school life
  • Exhibit leadership and are involved in activities in and around the school
  • Speak with students from all year levels to become familiar with their needs
  • Wear correct uniform and are outstanding role models to all students within the school at all times
  • Actively participate in meetings with representatives from other year levels​

​School Captains Helensvale State High School 1990 - 2021

​​Year​
​School Captains
​Year
​School Capt​ains
​Year
​School Captains
​1990
​Nathan Balshaw
Nicole Lessio
​​2001
​Matt Ellems
Erin Carr
​2012
​Claudia Stewart
Isaac Broadbent
1991
​Mark Pallot
Helen Armitage
​2002
​Jason Taghaode
Sarah Taghaode
​2013
​Stephanie Savage
Mitchell Sandery
1992
​Luke Eccleston
Renee Graco
​2003
​Carl Kufleitner
Kaley Blount
​2014
​Abby Crone
Natalie Koh
William Marshall
Ben Chow
​1993
​Stephen Linklater
Nancy Sheldrick
​2004
​Sherri Shafi-Beigli
Simon Curwood
​2015
​Cynthia Bond
Delany Lang-Lemckert
Blake Ashby
Rory Moloney
1994


​2005
​Melyssa Atwood
Craig Folker
​2016
Yasmini Armenis
Summer Pepper
Jeylen Faifua
Valentino Beynon
​1995
​Stephen Kua
Celina Ellems​
​2006
​Terri Costello
Markus Johnston
​2017
Gabriele Cooper
Kimberley Wong
Nathan Goble
Kyle Dryburgh
​1996
​Ben Ryan
Kylie Pallot
​2007
​Kathlene Stewart
Ronny Benatar
​2018
​Deon Hunt
Armani Hollindale
Bodhi Bannister
Jaidyn Gibbs
​1997
​Andrew Stein
Amber Nicholls
​2008
​Holly James
Ben Bourke
2019​​Aaron Taplin
Lachlan Maher
Isabelle Victor
Aria Smith
​1998
​Patrick Kua
Kia Bauer
2009​​Becky Able
Ben MacLeod
2020
​Rayah Arthur
Connor Grew
Mica Robinson
Georgia Thompson
1999
​Dean Giltinan
Patricia Turk
2010​​Demi Winton
Dalton Tucker
​2021
​Bella Agar
Lucy Brill
Chloe Gill
Jacob Henderson
​2000
​Chad Lane
Nicole Bynon
​2011
​Sarah Crone
Deon Savage


​Prefects

Prefects work in conjunction with the captains and staff to represent the student body. Our prefects play a significant role in organising and running activities or events for the school community.

Prefects reflect our core values of Responsibility, Respect and Resilience. Prefects must be strong, visible role models. The role requires effective participation.

Our prefects:

  • Actively communicate with leadership coordinator, student leaders/voice and other school staff
  • Actively demonstrate, promote and encourage involvement in a positive school community
  • Initiate, participate in and encourage participation in school and community events
  • Attend regular meetings with the student leaders
  • Represent the student body at community events
  • Assist and lead the organisation of Senior/ Junior school assemblies to promote the values and good name of Helensvale
  • Speak to the whole school about relevant matters and encourage participation in all aspects of school life
  • Exhibit leadership and are involved in activities in and around the school
  • Organise and coordinate fundraisers and school-based activities
  • Wear correct uniform and act as outstanding role models to all students within the school at all times
  • Actively participate in meetings with representatives from other year levels

Northern Collegiate Leaders

Northern Collegiate is a program for our Year 10 students. It is run between all of the Northern Collegiate partner schools – Pimpama, Ormeau, Pacific Pines, Upper Coomera, Coombabah and Helensvale. The program provides places for up to ten students from each school. 

At the beginning of the year Northern Collegiate students attend a leadership camp.   This is where we teach goal setting and team building. Our students choose a charity to connect with for the year. They plan time to complete initiatives that will support items that the charities require. Northern Collegiate students participate in Relay for Life, which is a major fundraising task for the year. Proceeds from this major initiative go to the Cancer Council of Australia.

Northern Collegiate students participate in many leadership activities throughout the year. Each school takes a turn at organising and hosting activities. Students assist with running each of these experiences, which include public speaking, planning for fundraising events and interviewing techniques.

Our Northern Collegiate students also volunteer at school for fundraising and leadership roles. This has included work in the community for a diverse range of Students work at the BBQ at "The Surrounds" as well as with the Cancer Council for the "Marathon Pink" fundraising event, and Australia's Biggest Morning Tea fundraising.​

Student Council

Student Council at Helensvale State High School is the formal mechanism for the provision of student voice. Council promotes improvement in our school, drives school spirit and develops student leadership.

Council meets three out of every four weeks. It is promoted through assemblies, student notices and social media. Our student council has an Executive consisting of three chairpersons (Year 11) and two co-chairs (Year 8). Two chaired committees (Celebration and Consultation) provide formal processes for the submission of initiatives to full Council. Full Council hears, votes on and establishes processes for implementing successful proposals to improve our school.

All council meetings are supported by coordinating teachers (2). The Executive Principal attends full Student Council meetings.

Specifically, our Councillors:

  • Actively communicate with leadership coordinator, student leaders/voice and other school staff
  • Actively demonstrate, promote and encourage involvement in a positive school community
  • Initiate, participate in and encourage participation in school and community events
  • Represent the student body at the School Council
  • Exhibit leadership and are involved in activities in and around the school
  • Support the organisation and coordination of fundraisers and school-based activities
  • Wear correct uniform and be outstanding role models to all students within the school at all times
  • Actively participate in meetings through formally established processes (adhere to minutes, high performance meeting values).

In 2021 our Student Council is comprised of:

Chairpersons:         Sonya Gilson, Leah Zambon and Emma Frankis

Co-Chairs:                Mariya Budd, Izabella Wilson

Committees:           Consultation: Boston Zeng (Chair), Roxie Cunningham, Tuyen                                        Tran and Ellie Wharton

                                   Celebration: Riley Fluker (Chair), Zendrix Castanares, Tiyasha                                          Liyanage, Emma Byrne





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Last reviewed 06 August 2021
Last updated 06 August 2021