Leadership Program | Primary Campus
The college student leadership program is based on primary and secondary students working together to serve their college and local communities. The primary campus student leadership program is aligned under the college leadership program. Students are elected into leadership positions that fall under the four college pillars: academic, cultural, sporting and community.
An integral element of the program is the cooperation and teamwork between campus leaders who meet regularly with administration and teacher mentors to identify opportunities in assisting and serving the college and local community.
Four students on the primary campus will be elected Campus Captains in Year 6 by their peers and teachers. Success in becoming a Campus Captain is through the process of written application, interview, speech and teacher/student vote.
Students who are unsuccessful in assuming a captain position are then considered for the role of Pillar Leader or Student Ambassador. Campus Captains are then responsible for leading one of the four pillars supported by Pillar Leaders and Student Ambassadors.
The leadership journey begins in Term 4 for Year 3 students who display a positive attitude, and the desire, skills and abilities of future leaders. As the students move through to Year 6 they are provided with concrete opportunities to develop and practise their leadership habits.
Ambassador Program | Secondary Campus
Great leaders are nurtured and developed by providing great opportunities for students to step forward and lead the way, to experience and be exposed to leaders in different fields and to learn how to inspire and motivate others.
Varsity College ambassadors form part of the public face of the college and are aligned with the four pillars of the school: academic, cultural, sporting and community. Being an 'Ambassador' is a great responsibility and students will have specific duties, events and activities to participate in such as Open Days, ANZAC Day, school carnivals, special events, student mentoring and various charity work. Varsity ambassadors also form an essential role in the induction of new students into the college by supporting a young adult's transition to a new environment and orientation to a new school.
The program focuses on educating students about what leadership means through the student leadership challenge and the five practices of exemplary leadership: model the heart, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act and encourage the heart. This process culminates in our official positions, Year 12 Student Leaders and College Captains.
Senior Leadership Program | Secondary Campus
Varsity College senior school leadership consists of College Captains, Pillar Captains, Pillar Leaders and House Captains. The college Senior Leaders will be responsible for working under one of the four pillars that represent Varsity College: academic, cultural, sporting and community.
Together the Captains and Senior Leaders will work with student ambassadors from other year levels to achieve student-inspired goals and objectives under the four pillars. We encourage our leaders to leave a legacy here at Varsity College, a legacy that will grow and future leaders can continue to develop.
It is important that our leaders embrace the college values and help to grow these amongst our student body.
Varsity College has multiple opportunities for students to apply for official leadership roles. However, here at Varsity, students don't have to apply to be leaders – we view every student as a leader.
Religious Instruction | Primary Campus
Queensland state schools embrace a multitude of cultural, religious and non-religious beliefs. Under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006, schools are to provide Religious Instruction (RI) if approached by a faith group seeking to provide RI and students of that faith attend the school.
RI informs students about the beliefs and values of a particular religion. It is delivered by volunteers of a faith group using instructional materials approved by that faith group. RI is required to be consistent with legislation and Department of Education policies and procedures.
All RI instructors must hold a blue card and participate in compulsory Student Protection and Code of Conduct training. RI instructors are only entitled to deliver the RI program outlined below. A school staff member will be present during the delivery of RI.
Participation in RI is not compulsory. Any student (except Prep students) may participate in RI if a parent has provided written instructions to the school.
Students are allocated to RI based on information provided by parents on the completed Application for student enrolment unless other written instructions have been provided to the school.
Note: This consent remains in effect unless the parent informs the school otherwise in writing.
A description of the RI available is provided below.
Christian Religious Instruction
Authorised program: Cooperative Christian Religious Instruction
Aims and goals: The aim of Christian RI is to inform students about the basic beliefs of the Christian faith from a non-denominational perspective.
Lesson structure: Christian RI may involve a variety of up-to-date teaching methods including storytelling, prayer, music, drama, games, quizzes, and puppet shows. Program resources are written by professional educators and are age-appropriate. This occurs for one 30 minute lesson per week.
Islamic Faith Religious Instruction
Aims and goals: Lessons focus on a theme that centres on a specific action or moral quality and relate that to Quranic stories and daily life. For example, the exemplary quality of forgiveness can be connected to the Story of Joseph and how he forgave his brothers for putting him in a well as a child. Students then describe how they can emulate these examples in daily life.
Lesson structure: 30 minute lesson per week.
Baha'i Religious Instruction
Aims and goals: The aims of Baha'i RI children's classes are to nutrient the hearts and minds of children. The emphasis of these classes is on helping children to learn to reflect on and apply spiritual principles such as love, unity, kindness, peace, and justice to their own lives and those around them, based on the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh . The classes seek to inspire in children a love of God, His Messengers and of humanity in all its diversity.
Lesson structure: Lessons feature prayers, colouring in virtues lessons, meditation, stories and music for a 30 minute session per week.
Parents of students participating in these programs will be advised if a faith group requires funds to cover the expense of materials used in RI.
Students who are not participating in RI will be provided with other instruction within their classroom. Other instruction must relate to part of a subject area already covered in class and may include:
• personal research and/or assignments
• revision of class work such as creative writing or literacy and/or numeracy activities which could include online programs currently accessed by the students of that school (i.e. Mathletics, Reading Eggs)
• wider reading such as independent reading appropriate to the student
Parents will be advised of any changes to the RI and other instruction programs to ensure they are able to make an informed decision on their child’s participation.