“A Spirit of Leadership recognises that successful leaders are driven by a desire to be of service to others and to nurture, guide, develop and help them to improve and succeed.” – Round Square
Dainfern College’s mission is to produce leaders of great calibre who will make a positive contribution to, and an effective investment into, their families, communities and nations. Our Mission reads:
“Dainfern College develops the skills for life required to unlock unique personal potential and to nurture creative thinkers with the confidence to become leaders – through the provision of an innovative, relevant and quality education.”
Teaching the skills of leadership and what it means to lead is a critical requirement of any educational institution. There are so many areas in life that require astute leadership ability and we therefore believe that it is critically important to equip our students with relevant leadership tools and skills. The concept of ‘servant leadership’ is ingrained at an early age, with students encouraged to help and support each other at every opportunity.
Leadership is one of the pillars of a Dainfern College education, one of key drivers and it is also one of the Round Square IDEALS. We therefore expose as many children as possible to leadership opportunities that may help them to develop their own unique leadership style.
Informal leadership opportunities begin in the Junior Preparatory when students are given small tasks and responsibilities in daily activities and group work. From Grade 3, leadership opportunities are more formalised in the form of captaincy of House and sports teams.
The Senior Preparatory Leadership Programme introduces more formalised leadership opportunities and training through sports and cultural captaincy opportunities, internal and interschools leadership workshops and the Learner Representative Council.
Our ground-breaking High School Leadership Academy gives every student the opportunity to develop and grow leadership skills from Grade 8 and enables them to join the Leadership Programme at the end of Grade 11, providing certain criteria are met.
All students on the Leadership Programme are given the opportunity to lead a portfolio where they can develop and use their leadership skills. Appraisals are held throughout the year and at the start of Term 3 of their Grade 12 year, students are awarded colours according to their success as leaders.