At John Paul Academy in 2009-10 all of our Sixth Year pupils signed up for the Millennium Awards scheme. This is a national scheme which promotes and recognises goodness and service, key components of Christian Leadership.
At John Paul Academy in 2010-11 all of our Sixth Year pupils who successfully complete our Leadership Course will receive their Leadership NQ at Higher Level.
In addition in 2010-11 we are offering a new 160 hour Higher Personal Development
This will mean that you will be able to complete brilliant UCAS forms and job applications at least on a par with pupils from any other school
We will explicitly teach S6 pupils about leadership, constantly remind you that you are and will be leaders, introduce you to leaders, set up leadership experiences and invite you to reflect on and learn from these. How ?
Leadership is the key… But what sort of leadership?
Christian leadership is not about dominating others
by baptism we are made one body with Christ ..and are made sharers in the priestly, prophetical, and kingly functions of Christ Lumen Gentium 31 Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism
by confirmation we are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength…and are obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ Lumen Gentium 11 Sacraments of Initiation: Confirmation
In the Eucharist you reply “Amen” to that which you are, and by replying, you consent. For you hear, “The Body of Christ ,” and you reply, “Amen.” Be a member of the body of Christ so that your “Amen” may be true.” St Augustine Sacraments of Initiation: Eucharist
Thoughts of John Paul II “ Youth must not simply be considered as an object of pastoral concern for the Church: in fact, young people are and ought to be encouraged to be active on behalf of the Church as leading characters in evangelization and participants in the renewal of society .” CHRISTIFIDELES LAICI 46
Thoughts of John Paul II In a great many countries of the world, the young represent half of entire populations, and often constitute in number half of the People of God itself living in those countries…youth make up an exceptional potential and a great challenge for the future of the Church… In fact the Church sees her path towards the future in the youth… the Council has defined youth as "the hope of the Church" . CHRISTIFIDELES LAICI 46
Thoughts of John Paul II The Church has so much to talk about with youth, and youth have so much to share with the Church. CHRISTIFIDELES LAICI 46
In Tune With Christian Vision Of Person Key leadership qualities ( HR World, David Hakkala, Mar 2008 ) Vision Integrity Dedication Magnanimity Humility Openness Creativity Fairness Assertiveness Humour
The Challenge Tom Hunter “ It suddenly struck us – where are Scotland’s next leaders coming from? What are we doing to encourage the people who are going to lead our nation? And when we researched it the answer was a woeful nothing.” The Five Thirty Show 06/02/08
Educate Meaning ‘ to lead , draw out’ The etymological meaning of the word "education“ means to "draw out" (from the Latin "educere")...to lead, to draw out that which is within; i.e. to bring to light what is hidden, to render actual what is only potential, to develop. It also means to draw out of conditions that limit - in other words, it is the favouring of a process of growth.
In tune with Leadership for Learning “ Developing leadership is not just about honing the skills of those in the most senior positions, important though that undoubtedly is. It is also about releasing the energies of every member of staff and every learner and about giving each of them a sense that their contributions are valued. The development of such a culture is important in its own right and as a response to the pressing requirement to build leadership capacity and to develop the leaders of tomorrow.” Graham Donaldson, Her Majesty’s Senior Chief Inspector, HMIe
In tune with Leadership for Learning “ Leaders are not just at the top of an organisation. The most effective organisations have strong leaders at every level.” “ A culture of student leadership is focused on releasing the talents and energies of the leaders of the future.” “ Leadership cannot be left to chance - leaders need to learn how to lead.” From Summary of Key Messages, p. 6-7
In tune with Leadership for Learning A number of other curriculum initiatives can be clearly aligned to developing the leadership of learners, but might not normally be considered in this way. For instance, initiatives linked to the citizenship agenda such as volunteering, involving young people in organising and running conferences or workshops, charity work or buddying can all be seen as part of leadership development. Page 21
Some of what we do already … Football teams Supported study Girls Aloud Plants sale Pupils presenting Riding for Disabled Recycling God Squad Retreats Christmas parcels Eco group Group work Gartnavel carols Fruit barra Collaborative learning Breakfast club Excel Active learning Fundraising Santa dash Maths buddies Science Club Spanish Cafe School show
What we want to add… examples from 2009-10 S1 Drop in Club Inter-Primary 7’s School Football Tournament Promotional video
What we want to add… S6 leading prayers and reflections at assemblies etc S6 pupils forging new partnerships with parishes S6 pupils creating and leading Catholic ethos groups and activities within school
Another example… S1 Retreat LOOKING FOR LEADERS
What would you like to be involved in? Remember: Think - Pair - Share
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. Mother Teresa
A man would do nothing, if he waited until he could do it so well that no one would find fault with what he has done. Cardinal Newman
Theological Inspiration: Cardinal Newman “ God has created me to do Him some definite service: He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission; I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I have a part in a great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught.”
Perhaps in His wisdom the Almighty is trying to show us that a leader may chart the way, may point out the road to lasting peace, but that many leaders and many peoples must do the building. Eleanor Roosevelt American columnist, lecturer and humanitarian.
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. Mahatma Gandhi
God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try. Mother Teresa
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. Theodore Roosevelt SLT & PTs great at that – recognised even by HMI!
I define leadership as an ‘influence relationship ’. And I add the word authentic then because you can have negative influence or you can have positive influence. Patrick Duignan Ethical Leadership
This is what is needed: a Church for young people, which will know how to speak to their heart ..; a Church which will know how to invite and to welcome the person who seeks a purpose for which to commit his/her whole existence; a Church which is not afraid to require much, after having given much; which does not fear asking from young people the effort of a noble and authentic adventure, such as that of the following of the Gospel. http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/messages/vocations/documents/hf_jp-ii_mes_18101994_world-day-for-vocations_en.html