Leading with Purpose and Promise

The school's core values underpin motives of our new student leaders
The school's core values underpin motives of our new student leaders

Diana and Abrahamani are St Jude’s new school prefects. As Head Girl and Head Boy, they personify the school’s core values: respect, responsibility, honesty and kindness, and are already making a difference as young leaders. 

Both students joined St Jude’s as Standard 1 students in 2006, so they are well versed in what it takes to lead by example. 

“A good leader is confident, honest and fair. A leader who favours the few cannot lead well. It Is a privilege to help lead my fellow students.” Diana said. 

“It is true that St Jude’s values have taught us how to represent our peers. We understand that facing challenges is a part of leadership, and we are learning to solve problems in a diplomatic way,” Abrahamani added. 

Leading lady: Diana, receiving her first St Jude's uniform more than 10 years ago.
Leading lady: Diana, receiving her first St Jude’s uniform more than 10 years ago.

During their one year term as school leaders, Diana and Abrahamani have grand plans to increase student involvement in extracurricular activities, knowing that these programs give students the opportunity to enhance life skills and broaden their networks. 

“We expect that through our leadership, more students will become involved in sports, essay competitions and motivate students to become involved with the many clubs on campus.” 

“Such activities may motivate students in their studies also, and help them improve physical activity for overall health,” the students agreed. 

Beginning the journey: Abrahamani and his mother on his first day at St Jude's.
Beginning the journey: Abrahamani and his mother on his first day at St Jude’s.

Diana and Abrahamani explained that they are inspired by student leaders who had come before them to apply for the school’s top democratically elected positions.

“We know that we can do a good job, just as those before us did. We also have a lot of support from academic staff. The teachers encourage us to try our best,” Abrahamani said. 

“Mr Mcharo [Smith Secondary Campus Headmaster] in particular motivates us. He is a good listener and helps in every way he can. He works very hard to make sure our feedback is addressed,” Diana shared. 

“As for me, I have learnt to be more confident. I can speak in front of large audiences, and even to groups of teachers when representing the students. It is very empowering,” she added. 

A new chapter: ...And at Form 4 Graduation in April 2018.

“In my case, the experience is teaching me to mature,” Abrahamani said. 

“I know that we have the potential to be leaders not only in our school community, but to be inspiring role models for the wider community as well.”

You can nurture the growth of leaders like Diana and Abrahamani by sponsoring an academic scholarship for one of our students!

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