Opportunities for Leadership at YCIS Shanghai

When I began attending YCIS Shanghai in August of 2015, I was open to many opportunities for developing leadership skills. 

The first was being part of the Student Council. I ran for Student Council Representative when I was in Year 6,and got the position. I found it exciting to work with my fellow classmates and teachers to contribute to better changes for our school. 

I ran again in Year 7 and, fortunately, got the chance to work alongside the Upper Secondary students. It was a great opportunity to hear what these students had to say, their opinions, and input. I look up to these Upper Secondary students and value their insights. 

In Year 8, I decided to run once again as my class representative. Unfortunately, I didn’t get elected but I saw this in a positive light. I thought of running for something bigger, maybe Student Council president? As I was contemplating whether I wanted to go for something or not, the position for House Captain was advertised. 

By that time, I was starting Year 9 and being a House Captain sounded great. Responsibilities included helping to supervise at House events and activities, motivating students to try their best and have fun, and working with the other House captains. Luckily for me, I had developed many of these skills when I was a part of the Student Council. Applying my experience in a new context was an advantage. 

I wrote my speech to convince my peers and teachers as to why I would be a suitable fit for Lower SecondaryHouse Captain. I was ecstatic to find out I got the position! After hearing the news, I wanted to prove to my House that I was capable and that I wouldn’t let them down.  

The first semester was full of meetings on what that year looked like in terms of events, although, sadly, the majority of those plans were cancelled due to COVID-19. I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t have chances to collaborate with House Leaders and Captains. 

Now that we are back in school and finished with e-Learning, I am looking forward to what this year has in store. Considering the new rules and health and safety conditions that we have to follow, this year is going to be different, but I’m sure that we’ll find a way around it and have fun while doing so!

 

By Skylah-Rose, Year 12, YCIS Pudong Secondary

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