Leadership is about empowering, improving, transforming and working together. At ACG School Jakarta, we believe leadership experiences should be available to students of all ages and year levels, so even our youngest learners are offered opportunities to develop these valuable skills and abilities.
While our Middle School students have the chance to understand and build leadership qualities in the classroom, our Middle School Student Council provides further responsibilities and activities for budding leaders.
Under the guidance and mentorship of Student Council Coordinator Annie Pickering, students learn to find their voice and represent their peers. In a recent interview, council member Rashi Pandya (Year 8) shares her thoughts on being part of the leadership team for the 2021 – 2022 academic year.
How did you feel when your name was announced as a Student Council member?
I was incredibly excited when my name was announced. I really wanted to be a part of the leadership programme because I like to help people, and I wanted to experience leadership at ACG.
What qualities make a good leader?
Responsibility, assertiveness, strategic thinking, communication and collaboration. Along with the ability to stay on-task, prioritise, and be creative.
Why do you feel it’s so important for students to be involved in the leadership team?
It is very important for students to be involved in the leadership team because it allows students to be involved with making decisions about what happens at school. It also means students can help their friends become better and even become better people themselves.
What do you consider to be your primary responsibilities as a student leader?
To help others and to help make decisions about how we can continue to improve at ACG School Jakarta.
Do you have a vision for what you would like to achieve over the next school year?
Yes. I would like to come up with some new activities we could do while we are online because we might be in the hybrid learning model for a while yet.
What are your favourite subjects, and why?
I like all my subjects because I enjoy studying and I learn something new and interesting every day. However, my favourites are Mandarin, global perspectives, design and technology, science and art.
What advice do you have for students wanting to become future leaders?
My advice is to always believe in yourself and communicate with many people so you will be able to work together with new people. In addition, you need to prioritise your tasks and be adaptable to new ideas. And remember to put your ideas out there so that you can develop your thinking and know that your ideas also contribute to the task at hand.