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International School of South Africa

International School of South Africa

Student Leadership

An important part of what we offer as a School is the opportunity for the personal development of each student, including the development of leadership skills and the capacity of students to lead.


It is important for students to understand that there are different types of leadership, underpinned by the core concept of servant leadership – which one serves others by leading. Apart from opportunities in the School environment per se, across the whole gamut of the School’s activities, personal and leadership development are at the core of the Outward Bound Camp (Form Four), the Spirit of Adventure Camp (Form 5) and the Leadership Camp (Form 6).

There are a number of different avenues at the senior level to be explored to enable students to exercise leadership, other than the responsibilities taken on in specific activities – e.g. as the captain of a sports team. These include Prefectship, the Mentor/Mentee programme, the Portfolio system, and Parliament, a student body that falls under the School Prefect Body. In the area of Prefectship, there is a process to be followed for these appointments. In principle, the process enables input from students as well as staff before meetings as set out in the process below are held.

Leadership recognition beyond the School Prefect Body is addressed via the ‘Full Colours for Leadership’ award, outlined below. This award enables 6th Form students not on the School Prefect Body to be recognised for their leadership according to the outlined process. This underline’s the School’s belief in the capacity of students to take the lead; it takes into account also the fact that students develop at different rates. For positions such as Prefect ship, and Leadership awards, a student’s behaviour and decorum may be taken into account, and form part of discussions that are part of the process. Should an incumbent be in serious breach of the School regulations, they may face removal from a leadership position.

Portfolio System

The purpose of the Portfolio system is to provide another avenue for senior students to lead and to take responsibility, ideally in areas where they are already involved or have an interest.


We strive for high academic standards and we are proud of our good reputation in the local and wider community. Prefects will have the opportunity to share in the leadership of this school and it is a very prestigious responsibility.

Leadership Awards

The School has broadened the number of Leadership responsibilities for the 6th Form Leadership Group beyond the Prefect group through the Portfolio System and the Mentor / Mentee program.


Parliament is a student representative body established as a pilot program in 2014, and then implemented more formally in 2015. Parliament is made up of class representatives from Form 3 upwards, with AS and A Level classes having two representatives each.

Other Opportunities for Leadership

In addition to the Portfolio System, opportunities for Leadership are evident in all areas of school life. These include:

  • Involvement in Parliament, a student representative body made up of Class representatives, and falling under the Prefect body;
  • Hostel Prefects and/ or Hostel monitors
  • Captains of Sports teams
  • Custodians in Sport or other activities
  • Chairmen or leaders in Cultural activities
  • Taking the lead in any of the many other activities offered by the School.