With plenty of formal and informal opportunities for students to develop leadership skills, our aim at Nowra Anglican College is always to partner with our students as they unlock their potential, aim high and find their place in the world.
At NAC we believe that every student has the capacity to become a leader. By helping students grow in their leadership capacity we seek to build their Competence, Confidence, Character and Connectedness to others.
Leadership is about serving others. Some students are natural leaders who love helping others, serving them like Christ served us by giving His life so that we might be saved.
Leaders are authentic. They are confident in who they are and don’t try to be someone other than themselves.
Leadership is an action. It requires thought, awareness of self, the skills and behaviours required to achieve success, interpersonal connection and the confidence to put these things into action.
Leaders require a ‘Growth Mindset’. Goal setting and reflection taps into a student's ability to develop and sustain this Growth Mindset as well as develop the metacognitive tools to achieve success.
Our ‘whole child’ approach to learning also operates as a leadership manual, giving students all the tools of leadership - resilience, decision-making, problem-solving, determination and creativity - even before they step into a formal role.
Students are selected for the role of the Junior School Captains, House Captains (Junior and Senior School), 7-11 SRC, and 11-12 Prefects. Students are able to take up opportunities for leading in sport, arts or various areas of interest including:
As we believe everyone can be a leader, Year 11 has a focus on leadership. Preparation for this occurs on Year 10 camp. The role of a leader is one that requires an investment of time and mental energy. This is best done in Year 11, where students are mature enough to take on this challenge but have more time and less pressure on them than Year 12 presents.
These leadership opportunities utilise a whole school approach to empower students to support each other and contribute positively to school life and provide students with a supportive learning environment in which to develop skills, understandings, attitudes and strategies to improve their mental, social and emotional wellbeing. Through this program, students develop friendships and confidence and learn to develop resilience, assertiveness, decision making, problem solving and leadership.