Head Boy, Head Girl and Prefects
As part of citizenship education, we believe that children need to experience duties and responsibilities that come with being a member of a community in order to help them prepare to play an active role as citizens. At Maundene we believe that prefects have a very important role to play in the day-to-day organisation of our school and as only Year 6 pupils are allowed to apply for this position, it is considered to be a very prestigious role.
Prefects are, in a sense, junior members of staff and are expected to take their role seriously. The position not only allows the Year 6 pupils to lead by example and demonstrate responsibility, but also enables the younger children to learn from a good example.
Every prefect has to apply for the job and their applications go through a selection process. Whilst the Junior Leadership Team members are chosen democratically by children, the senior staff and Year 6 teachers identify and encourage suitable children to apply for a prefect position. Once their application has been successful, prefects are awarded badges in a whole school assembly.
If the children wish to be a Head Boy or Head Girl, they have to also attend an interview with the headteacher and another senior leader before being selected. The Head Boy and Head Girl meet with the headteacher regularly to discuss school developments and they work together to timetable prefect responsibilities.