Developing student leadership is an important part of the Pastoral Care Program at St Laurence’s. Throughout their time at the College students are taught the value of good leadership skills and the essential role they play in promoting the Edmund Rice ethos. The Seniors particularly have a key responsibility within the College.
In Year 11, leadership training is conducted to prepare them for their role in Year 12. Students are taught that all members of the Senior School have a responsibility to the younger students of the College and the school community at large. The Year 11 Leadership Camp is the highlight of the training program for many of the students and staff, with many parents sharing part of that experience. The formal selection process for the College Student Leaders and the Peer Mentors occurs in Term 4 of Year 11.
In Year 12 all Seniors put on the white shirts and Senior ties and keenly take on their role as the Senior Leaders. Throughout the year they carry out their duties under the direction of the College Captain, Vice-captains and Prefects with the assistance and mentoring of the Dean of Pastoral and Head of Year. Key responsibilities of the Seniors include:
- Running of the Senior committees;
- Role-modelling appropriate academic rigor, personal behaviour and dress;
- Getting involved in all aspects College life;
- Developing school spirit; and
- Supporting and mentoring the younger students of the College.
Two key means of support to younger students occur through the Peer Support Program and the Big Brother Program.