The development of leadership begins when our students are young and is nurtured as part of their learning journey. Every girl is encouraged to imagine, motivate and lead change.
At the helm of the student body are the Prefects. Years 7–12 girls go to polling booths and vote for their leaders, much the same as a general election.
Each Prefect portfolio has an Executive comprising between two or three elected Year 12s. The Executives support and help them through the labyrinth of events and decisions.
There are 18 Prefects, who are assigned their portfolios after rigorous interviews with the College Leadership Team.
Student Representative Council
The Student Representative Council (SRC) Prefect has the support of the SRC which comprises three or four elected representatives from Years 6–12. It is the body through which all of our girls can have input into governance and decision making on matters related to students.
The aims of the SRC are:
- To make recommendations on matters which affect student activities;
- To provide the ultimate forum for student opinion, enabling the SRC to make suggestions on behalf of the girls and in the best interests of the College;
- To act as a co-ordinating body for groups involved in co-curricular activities; and,
- To form sub-committees to deal with particular aspects of school activities.
Walton Leadership Institute
MLC's unique Walton Leadership Institute (WLI) is an initiative which encourages all students to improve their leadership skills and develop self-belief in their ability to be leaders, both within and beyond the College. It is named in honour of MLC’s long-serving Principal, Gertrude Walton.
It was established to enable girls to imagine, motivate and lead change. It focuses on the development of the character strengths, understandings and skills that contribute to growing every student’s capacity to be an effective leader by participating in developing their leadership skills within and external to the College.
Student Leadership Committee
The Student leadership Committee (SLC) comprises four elected representatives from Year 6 and three representatives from Senior Years. The main role of the SLC is to allow student input in the development of the Walton Leadership Institute programme (WLI) and encourage the entire student body to develop leadership skills through various activities.
The SLC meets fortnightly to discuss ways to promote WLI and plan activities to promote leadership, such as International Women’s Day and the Year 11 Mentor Day. This committee has an integral part in the development of the WLI.
Outside of the Student Representative Council, our Junior Years’ girls take responsibility in roles that include College Houses, Assemblies and the Year 6 Leadership Committee.
Throughout the Senior Years, leadership opportunities expand, and include roles as Sports Team Captains, Coaches and Music Ensemble Leaders. Reflection upon these early experiences, guided by their mentors in a safe and supportive environment, helps to shape and refine their developing leadership skills.