Take it seriously
Teachers, parents and guardians of the prefects at Wesley Hall Junior School were advised to “go one step beyond recognising the leadership potential” of the 44 students.
General Secretary of the CTUSAB, Dennis De Peiza, yesterday urged the adults attending the installation ceremony held in the hall of the King’s Street, City school to do all in their power to encourage and support them.
His advice to the young leaders was not to abuse their power, set good examples, always admit when they make a mistake and be responsible.
“Those of you who have been selected as prefects, must understand that you will now have a leadership role to play. With this role comes responsibility. It is now your responsibility to assist your principal, teachers and other staff members in ensuring that fellow students follow the school’s rules and conduct themselves well, so as not to have members of the public speak negative things of the school.
“It is expected that you will be a role model and you are therefore required to set good examples, especially in your behaviour, dress and attitude. Your fellow students will both be watching and looking up to you. If you fail to do what is expected of you, you will certainly disappoint your principal, teachers, other members of staff, fellow students, parents and guardians, and family members.
“I anticipate that those of you who have been selected as prefects, are excited that you have been chosen. Did you individually take a moment to ask yourself the question: Why was I chosen? Do you believe it is because you are a bright, intelligent or a popular student amongst your peers? I believe that your teachers have chosen you because they see some good qualities and potential in you,” De Peiza said.
The guest speaker also told the prefects that their “superiors” had considered whether they were “pleasant or an aggressive individual, if you are loud, bad behaved, rude, impolite and one who often gets into trouble” as well as if they were often late for school or regularly absent.
“You would have been monitored to see if you are friendly, helpful, cooperative, trustworthy and most importantly, if you show respect for others,” he added.
To the students who were not selected as prefects, he said: “As you grow in life, some of you who are not now prefects, will be expected to play a leadership role; you should know that no one is a born leader, you become a leader if you do the right things. Your actions should inspire others to do the right things.” (DS)