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ETHOS in PRESTIGE

How do I become a member?

Step 1
Become involved in activities. You can become an Ethos Club Member by making a difference in our school environment no matter what grade you are in. Leadership development does not ask your age. At first you might attend one of the focus groups to get background knowledge in the area you wish to serve – remember that becoming more knowledgeable is a Prestigian profile quality. Choose where you want to contribute and start making things happen. When the results in your part of the school become visible, that will separate you from the ‘wanna be’ leaders that only want to wear the badge. Your reputation for making things happen will attract likeminded people and you will create a winning culture in your group.

This is not a program that will only help others. It will help you to develop your leadership qualities. A leader ‘grows’ leaders. Your influence must reproduce other leaders. Once you have a successor in place to take over or duplicate what you have done in your group, it will prove that you have reached a level of leadership where you invested in the life of another.

Step 2
Complete your portfolio as part of the process. This will support you in reflecting on the ‘place’ where you are at now and give direction in your personal development program – that you will design yourself. At the same time it will prepare you to present yourself to the final selection committee. In the past there were members that disappeared once they were selected to be part of management; we want to avoid that. There are those that contribute with or without the badge. Once you have been selected as a prefect, an interview with the management team will take place to confirm your appointment. You have to present the evidence in your portfolio as part of the process. These interviews will be announced during the year.

Step 2
To become part of the official E-Com committee and leadership team you have to:

  • Prove yourself reliable in the group that you took responsibility for.
  • Be mentored or have another student that you mentored to take your place.
  • Present your initial SMART goal to develop the part of your profile that you did not excel in. Write reflections on how you reached your goal (reflect on your journey as you go).
  • A testimonial by the students involved in your group (2 stars and a wish cards)
  • Share your successes in the final profile submission

There are 5 areas where you can start to develop your leadership qualities:
Scorpions (discipline), Life Coaches, Tutors, Sport and Culture

Get involved, be punctual and reliable.

How to become a Scorpion
Class representatives are chosen by the class in a nomination and voting system administered by the teacher.

Process:

  • Learners can nominate themselves or be nominated by a peer.
  • The nominated persons should share with the class why he/she would be a good choice to represent the class. What would be the things that you will do –within the framework of the school – to make a difference. (Make realistic promises you can keep)
  • Secret votes by the learners in the class after nominations are done.
  • Votes counted by the teacher and 2 other learners in the class.
  • Each class can elect 2 representatives (boy and girl preferably).
  • These representatives will support each other. One will take the lead in the first part of the year and the other in the second. Depending on their strengths they can take responsibility for different tasks throughout the year.

 Requirements:

  • Must be a class representative to qualify for Ethos-Committee – an E-com member is the first level of our leadership development program.
  • Must have lost no points or less than 40 points in the previous and present year. Should you lose more than 40 points during your service period you will forfeit the privilege of presenting/serving your grade.

 Moving to the next level – becoming a prefect:

  • From the E-com members we will choose a prefect per grade.
    • The Class Reps will vote for a Grade Head Leader and the teachers will confirm the chosen person with their votes.
  • The 4 head leaders will vote for 1 x Phase Grade Leader from the 4 Phases
    • The Grade heads of each grade together with the teachers will vote for the 4 Phase Leaders.
    • Only teachers teaching that grade will be allowed to participate in the voting of that phase.

This model will be duplicated in each phase: 4 phases x 4 leaders = 16 prefects leading the Class representatives in discipline matters as the Scorpions in the whole school; across all grades.

How to become a Tutor:

  • Must have lost no points or less than 40 points in the previous and present year. Should you lose more than 40 points during your service period you will forfeit the privilege of presenting/serving your grade.
  • Give your name to your subject teacher to register as a tutor. The subject teacher will approve your application looking at the following criteria:
    • Homework done and tasks handed in on time
    • Achievement in the specific subject must be of such a standard that your knowledge will support tutoring in the subject/phase
    • Behaviour in class
  • There can be more learners per grade/subject. We will let create the subject tutors list and place learners where they can make a difference.
  • We choose a leaders per subject/phase section to form the management of this section.

All Subject teachers can identify learners in their learning areas that excel and ask them to become part of the Tutor group.

The top 5 learners in each phase can be considered for the Head Tutor Leader in the grade. We know that there might be a top performers that does not have leadership skills or do not want to take the lead. In that case number 2 will be considered. All the Grade leader Tutors must get together and elect a Phase Head tutor from the 3 grades in the phase (which will form part of the Head Leaders in the School and the management committee)

Supporting the Tutors is our SAT committee and SBST

Teachers: PER SUBJECT arrange the names on one list per subject indicating the names of the learners and their grade. Please send these names (subject – name and grades) to Frans/Nicoline for their file.

Determine how will you best utilise this human resource that we have as part of the intervention program? During class, after school etc.

How to become a life coach
Life coaches nominate themselves by the service they provide to fellow learners. Being involved in a group with a specific function as mentor or trainee can get you started to become part of the Ethos – Life Coaches

  • Must have lost no points or less than 40 points in the previous and present year. Should you lose more than 40 points during your service period you will forfeit the privilege of representing/serving your grade.
  • Proof of registration to attend a Conflict management or Counselling course (E-com member status will be issued after successful completion of the course)
  • There can be more learners per grade. We will let learners sign up for different specialities and then choose a leader per section.

Possible Evidence to provide when entering the next level in leadership (prefects):

  • Register of your support group or case studies you were involved in.
  • Name of the person that you mentored/coached
  • Completed coaching form – what you did and the changes that took place or influenced that person/group

Positive Discipline

What does a Prestigian look like?

Risk taker Trustworthy Respectful Principled Caring Reflective Responsible Balanced Communicator Thinker Persevering Knowledgeable

As a new school in a fairly new development we face many challenges. Learners who enrolled are coming from diverse backgrounds and are confronted with many harmful elements in the community. We embrace the Positive Psychology model as developed by Martin Seligman from the University of Pennsylvania and our philosophy supports the learner to find identity, meaning and purpose in life. We aim to ensure that behavioural change is facilitated within the leaders, teachers and learners by turning trauma into growth. Many of our learners are driven by their past and not drawn by the future. Depression amongst teenagers is common in today’s society; where fifty years ago the average onset of depression was at the age of thirty; it is now at the age of 15. Teenage suicide and violence are at the order of the day. Rather than to try and repair damage after trauma happened, we realise the need to make our learners more resilient. Even our detention sessions became more positive where learners are given an opportunity to reflect on their behaviour and to discover their signature strengths and use it in new ways. Learners that lost more than 40 points on our system have to participate in a Journey to Excellence in order to redeem themselves. The principal feels that we rather have ‘punishment’ that will improve behaviour as to waste time in a negative space where learners are reminded of how ‘bad’ they are. These principals are widely used in the USA, UK and Australia with great success.

Prestige College is well known for its excellent discipline and exemplary behaviour of our learners. The code of conduct is part and parcel of the identity of our school. We focus on specific values every month. Learners are expected to make the values part of their way of living. We have a theme of the month based on Biblical principles. The theme is supported by a Prestigian profile and mindset. For example, a theme will be: FIRM DISCIPLINE AS THE CORNERSTONE. In every area of your life you should be disciplined. When you are a Prestigian your profile reflects a person who takes responsibility with a mindset of integrity. A Prestigian does the right thing even if nobody is looking.

Our learners can earn bracelets, which can be worn as part of their school uniform if they continuously display our values and ethos in their way of living.

I value principles that form my character: Red bracelets emphasize the positive choices that students at Prestige make with regards to the way they act and behave. Learners who are awarded red bracelets must be principled, trustworthy, respectful and deep thinkers.

I grow in knowledge: Green bracelets are given to learners who make an effort to engage in personal growth in different areas of their life. Learners with green bracelets are responsible, reflective and knowledgeable and often take risks inside and outside the school community.

I know myself and others: Yellow bracelets are awarded to learners who show great self-awareness, as well as awareness in their interaction with others. The yellow bracelet focuses on strengths such as balance, communication, caring and perseverance.

 We encourage learner involvement beyond the Life Orientation tasks that learners have to do as part of their assessment. Learners can make a difference in our school environment no matter in which grade they are. Leadership development has no age restriction. At first learners might attend one of the focus groups to attain background knowledge in the area they wish to serve: Tutor – academic support, Life Coach – behaviour support and emotional well-being and Scorpion – dealing with discipline matters. When the results in their part of the school become visible, it separates them from the ‘wanna be’ leaders that only want to wear the badge. A reputation for making things happen will attract likeminded people and learners create a winning culture in a group. We emphasise that a leader ‘grows’ other leaders and their influence must reproduce other leaders. Once you have a successor in place to take over or duplicate what you have done in your group, it will prove that you have reached the highest level of leadership where you invested in the life of another.

We can’t change or take away the challenges our learners face but we can give them an ‘umbrella’ that will make them more resilient to be able to stand in the rain…

Month Theme Prestigian Profile/Ethos Mindset
January Word of God as our foundation Knowledgeable Respect
February Firm discipline as the cornerstone Responsible Integrity
March Respect Reflective Cooperation
April Effective communication Communicator Creativity
May Result driven and consistency Perserves
Balanced
Independence
Tolerance
Acceptance
June Responsibility and accountability Thinker Enthusiasm
July Focus on our people Caring Empathy
August Honesty and integrity Principled Truthfulness
September Act in safe environment Respectful Appreciation
October Continuous improvement Risk taker Inquiring
November Be transparent Trustworthy Confidence
December