Fahan puts leadership into action

FAHAN School employs a distributed leadership model in which every year six student is afforded the opportunity to undertake specific activities that will develop their leadership skills and capabilities.

Recently, Fahan’s year six girls embarked on a special project to plan and deliver a celebratory luncheon.

As part of their undertaking, the girls formed into committees, each with a core function that included logistics, catering, theming and entertainment, and design and marketing.

Their planning involved regular meetings, liaising with many departments within the school – including maintenance, marketing, IT, food and digital technology and art – that broadened the students’ knowledge as they sought expert advice to deliver a high-quality event.

Year six teacher Kathryn Lumsden-Steel said they were incredibly proud of the girls and what they achieved.

“But more importantly, it’s the personal reward and humble satisfaction they experienced as a result of their hard work,” she said.

The girls enjoyed working in the food technology kitchen, trialling menu ideas followed by the preparation and delivery of the menu.

With the help of Junior School artist-in-residence Nic Goodwolf, they designed and produced plates during their art lessons as crockery for their guests to use.

The girls were involved in every part of the process including design and print of the invitations, theming, running order, set up and pack down.

Head of Junior School Amanda Evans said coordinating an event could be complex.

“Many competing priorities require thought out practices and processes,” she said.

“Important life skills such as project planning, time management, team building, decision making, problem solving, effective communication and managing obstacles were attained as they went through the process to deliver an event like this.”

Student Chloe Pringle-Jones said working as a team with all the year six girls boosted her confidence and understanding of what a leader was.

“As I watched it all come together, I felt proud with what we accomplished together as a group,” she said.

The year six luncheon was a great example of Fahan students successfully embracing one of the many leadership opportunities available to them.

As these girls transition into the Middle and Senior School, they have developed skills that will assist them with strengthening relationships, building positive emotions, enhancing personal resilience and encouraging cooperation.

Caption: Fahan students enjoying hosting staff at lunch in the year six classroom. Clockwise from left, Elizabeth Headlam, principal Penny Curran-Peters, Penelope Geappen, Isabel Willcox, prep teacher Tania Gath and Zoe Pitt.

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