Student Leadership

At Canterbury Girls High School leadership opportunities are developed from early in the junior years.  Engaging in the life of the school community supports successful development as a life-long learner and as a positive participant in the wider civic life of the community.

A range of opportunities are made available for students to contribute to the school community in leadership roles. These include School Prefects, Student Representative Council, Environmental Ambassadors and Mentoring.

School Prefects

The prefect body is elected annually in Term 3.  Students complete a nomination form which must be endorsed by two teachers and two of their peers. Students' attendance record, participaton in extra-curricular activities and engagement with leadership opportunities throughout Years 7-11 are considered when making a decision about the suitability of a student for the position of prefect. Students in Years 10 and 11 as well as the staff participate in the voting process to arrive at a final group of 20.  From this group, students may elect to be interviewed for the role of Co-Captain.  Interviews are conducted by a panel including the Principal, a Prefect Co-ordinator, the Year Adviser and an outgoing Co-Captain.

Four Co-Captains lead the Prefect body each year:

- chairing formal assemblies

- representing the school at official functions

- leading communication between the senior student body and the school executive

- participating in community service. 

The position of Prefect or Co-Captain is extremely important in terms of being a senior role model, leading by example and upholding the good name of the school.  The prefect body works together on a variety of projects which develop the skills of leadership, teamwork and collaboration.

Student Representative Council (SRC)

The SRC is an active and committed organisation within the school.  The SRC:

- is the elected student voice which communicates between students, teachers and the community

- provides opportunity for involvement in leadership and participation within the school and representation of the school at District, Regional and State level. 

Past school captains have often had a history in SRC in and beyond the school. SRC provides opportunities to be involved in decision making and goal setting on issues which matter to students, such as school environment, uniform and inter-school activities. SRC representatives work in partnership with primary schools to contribute to leadership development in Years 5 and 6 students.

Students elect their SRC representatives each year. One representative is elected for every 25 students in the Year. After the elections each year, representatives are inducted at a full school assembly in Term 3 alongside the Prefects and Co-Captains.  Office bearers for the SRC are chosen following leadership training in meeting procedure and roles and responsibilities within the Council.

Students who wish to stand for election are required to complete a nomination form signed by themselves, a staff member and 2 students from their Year. At a Year Meeting all candidates will speak about their experience and plans for contribution to the school community if elected. This process ensures highly suitable candidates with genuine commitment to the school community and the role of leader are elected.

A Message from the Students in the SRC:

    The Canterbury Girls Student Representative Council (SRC) is a leadership program run by Secondary Students for Secondary Students. It is a forum where issues that affect the school and its community are raised, discussed and acted upon in a safe environment.
    The SRC representatives consist of peer-elected members. The elections occur annually where four representatives from each grade year are selected to be a voice for their respective year groups. Girls who display leadership qualities of responsibility, reliability, integrity, honesty and loyalty are elected by their peers to the SRC. Their excellent interpersonal and communication skills, behaviour and conduct enable them to proudly represent their school.
    Canterbury Girls SRC participate in the wider community, attending meeting and conferences in the Sydney Region, in order to share ideas on how to improve schools’ SRC programme, improve communication  and help with issues that may affect the local community.
    It is a great place to learn leadership skills and give back to our school community in a positive way. The students are encouraged to become involved in worthwhile causes within the school and its community.

Respect, fairness and a wonderful democratic process within the SRC enable the girls to develop enhanced leadership skills and a sense of achievement in supporting others in our communities.

School Environment Ambassadors (SEA) DEAR

At Canterbury Girls High School we boast a long and proud commitment to helping the environment and developing more sustainable practices. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the activities and projects overseen by our award winning environmental group ‘SEA DEAR’. Members of this group are provided with opportunities to apply and develop their leadership skills through promoting environmental awareness and improving the school’s environmental amenities. In 2013 the group was responsible for the implementation of the ‘2193, plastic bottle free’ commitment in our local schools as well as a grass roots campaign to promote support for a national Cash for Containers scheme.

In 2018, SEA students combined with 2 students from the Indigenous Leadership Group and worked on a project called Gen2Gen. Their focus was to publish two digital stories. The first digital story published exposes the aboriginal history and culture of the Cooks River and the environmental impact people have made from past to present generations. The second digital story published is called Recipes For Life where they worked with seniors from the Earlwood Community Centre. They interviewed seniors from various cultural backgrounds discussing and sharing their recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.

SEA DEAR meets twice a week to help plan and co-ordinate its activities. However, throughout the year there are also numerous opportunities for students to engage with the wider community, attend environmental workshops and seminars, network with other schools and take part in local ‘clean-up’ initiatives. For any student who has a passion and appreciation for the environment, and wants to have fun while making a difference, SEA is for you!Green DEAR is a group of students who meets once a week during school hours to help plan and co-ordinate its activities. However, throughout the year there are also numerous opportunities for students to engage with the wider community; attending environmental workshops and seminars, networking with other schools and taking part in local 'clean-up' initiatives.

For any student who has great ideas and initiatives and wants to do something fun that really makes a difference, this is a great group to join.


Our mentoring program dates back to 2001, when the school worked in partnership with NSW Health to introduce the positive mental health concepts of resilience, coping, anti-bullying and seeking help to the student welfare program, as part of the Mind Matters package developed for schools. 

Students in Years 8 and 9 each year have the opportunity to train as student mentors over two days of in-school workshops.  They then welcome the new Year 7 students to the school when they act as Year 9 and 10 mentors the following year. 

New Year 7 students complete a series of workshops run by the trained mentors to help them settle into high school which include games, discussions, and getting to know you activities based on settling in, finding your way around, meeting new people, making friends, anti-bullying, goal setting and study skills for high school. 

Many senior members of the SRC and elected Prefects started their leadership careers as mentors in Years 9 and 10.  Participation in the mentor program is an ideal way to develop skills of cooperation, teamwork, helping others and showing commitment.

NSW Premier's Student Volunteering

The volunteering program is aimed at students in Years 9 and 10. It aims at students' civic responsibility and citizenship through direct community involvement. Students help out at a range of locations including aged-care facilities, local primary schools, at the RSPCA and with sports coaching. This program instils a sense of community pride and respect among our students.

Research tells us that volunteering has positive impacts on student engagement and academic achievement; nurturing in students a sense of civic responsibility for the communities they live in. Adolescence is a time in which students' primary focus is on their image and themselves. Balancing their focus on themselves with attitudes and opportunities to do somethng to help others, builds interdependent, reflective and collaborative habits in them.

Volunteering time to assist others and make the world a better place, is a pursuit that will benefit student personal growth considerably. Raising their awareness for, and curiosity about, volunteer organistations which devote their energy to helping others and then investigating them further is a worthwhile opportunity.

Last updated August 2019