BIS kids learn from a very early age about how rules and consequences impact on them. It is exciting during their senior years, seeing them develop from a punitive experience of consequences to one aimed at healing rifts and building community. As students develop skills in facilitating conflict resolutions they begin to inspire younger students..
Our Student Leadership team is made up of the Dolphins Students, led by the Seniors for the year, the Otters and 4 members from the Penguins. The students meet once per week to respond to the needs of the students, requests by staff or parents and also to work on team projects. The Agenda is taken around to all the rooms before the meeting to garner any issues and then is used as the basis for their discussion. The Seniors share the outcomes of the meetings with the staff and their Basecamps to ensure that everyone knows about any changes.
Our students learn how to run meetings, inspire their peers and lead the younger students. They are our school’s future leaders and we raise them that way. By using a developmental model to understand how they understand moral dilemmas and when they need to be challenged we are always helping them develop into amazingly self responsible teens.
The students also have various responsibilities around the school. Some students help in the library, some with the pets, others in the kitchen and some to organise sport. We have a currency called the BISmark that is used to pay students for extra jobs beyond the standard expectations (washing up after a Come and See Morning Tea or babysitting at an event). All of these jobs help the students to see that they are part of the community and to have an active voice within.