[Student Essay] Student Leadership in Junior School

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[Student Essay] Student Leadership in Junior School

Naheun Sophie Kim (Grade 5), Branksome Hall Asia
Branksome Hall Asia Junior School has established many service opportunities for students. One of these organizations is the Junior School Student Council. This allows students opportunities to develop leadership skills while also planning activities and service projects for their school and community. The student council helps share ideas, interests, and concerns with teachers and school principal. The Junior School Student Council is the voice of the student body.
In our school, every year, students in Grade 3,4 and 5 classes each choose a representative to the Student Council. This is my last year of Junior School at Branksome Hall Asia, and I chose to run for Student Council Class Representative. Why, you might ask? I’m a risk-taker. I want to be a good leader, represent my class and my school well. Becoming a class representative is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Being a leader in Junior School is important because all the students have great ideas and things to say. I want to be respectful, listen, and help find solutions for problems students feel are important.
This year, our Council wants to think about service activities we can do with and for our school that will support all teachers and students. The first challenge we want to take on is seeing our playground become a safer and happier place to play each morning and afternoon. Our school has IB Learner Profiles, and one we think is very important, is being “principled.” This means that every student will think about their actions before, during, and after recess.  
As leaders of our school, we want to initiate a school-wide clean-up policy. Everyone should take part in caring for our toys and play equipment. It is also important that we be “principled” examples for others by putting trash in the appropriate places, recycling plastic and asking others to do the same. Other details we have discussed are planting more trees, adding more trash cans, and talking with our principal about more picnic tables and equipment for the older students.
We have many ideas for our school, but our job is to be good communicators for our classmates. To do this, we have to listen to the good and bad issues and then talk about them at our meetings. Serving our local community is also something we want to get involved in this year. Currently, we are creating a “What Do You Think?” suggestion box for students who don’t feel comfortable talking in front of others. We want everyone to be able to express their ideas.  
Being a leader is not always easy, but I think it is an important role and will help me become more responsible and more open minded as I grow and learn. Branksome Hall Asia Junior School Student Council is a great place to help me put ideas into action. I’m glad I took a risk!
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