I have always been in awe of the students that nominate themselves for the head prefect role, because if short listed, they have to pitch a speech to the entire staff and the year 12 cohort. In addition, this has traditionally been done in the library. An intimate venue at best. At worst, students stand toe-to-toe with teachers as they deliver their speeches.
So this year we transferred the speeches to our auditorium. My thinking was that this would give the students the real feel of an audience. They also had the chance to ‘lean’ on the lectern as they delivered their speech. In addition, I wanted to break the ice and used this video to introduce the candidates.
We got some laughter from the staff and it did set the students up for some excellent speeches. Eight brilliant candidates who I was very proud of. All of them gained some life skills though the entire prefect selection process.