The St. Margaret's Leadership Program allows our students to understand and perform service for the school community. Whether it is on the athletic field, through a school publication, in a class meeting, in the residence hall, at a Blue/Grey event, or in the classroom, every student can obtain a variety of leadership experiences. Leaders are visible throughout school life and allow St. Margaret’s to become a more cohesive community.
As leaders, students will:
- Develop self-confidence and competence
- Manage their time, energy, and efforts in order to live balanced lives
- Learn to work collaboratively with both peers and adults
- Recognize and assume accountability for their actions and decisions
- Communicate and interact effectively
- Think creatively and critically
- Consider and understand multiple perspectives
- Embrace the responsibilities associated with becoming an ethical leader
There are many opportunities for leadership:
Student Government is a policy making body which includes elected student leaders, the Head Boarding Prefect, the Head Day Prefect, and all of the class presidents. The President of the Student Body acts as a liaison between the student body and the school administration, attending many meetings, events, and speaking engagements. Her weekly visible function is facilitating all-school meeting times such as morning and lunch announcements. The Vice President of the student body assists the President in her duties and at SGA meetings, and will fulfill the duties of the President in her absence. She is the student voice for St. Margaret's weekend activities and serves as a liaison to the Activities Coordinator.
The Honor Council upholds and enforces the Honor System. It consists of five girls, elected by the student body, and two faculty members. The Head of School makes the final decision about the outcome of all disciplinary cases. All proceedings of the Honor Council are confidential. At least one member of the Honor Council, usually the Head, will also participate in every Administrative Council meeting in order to represent the Honor Code. The Head of Honor Council works with the faculty representatives to arrange meeting times and to communicate proceedings to the Head of School, as well as recommendations concerning penalties for violations.
Peer Leaders is a group comprised of senior student leaders in different aspects of school life – the President, Vice President, Head of Honor Council, Head Boarding Prefect, Head Day Student Prefect, Senior Class President, and 3-4 at-large positions. These leaders are enrolled in the Women and Leadership class for two trimesters. Peer Leaders are the visible leaders throughout the school community and work closely with our 8th and 9th graders through weekly lunch meetings.
Prefects are students chosen through an application and interview process to act as liaisons between students and faculty. Boarding Prefects are available for peer counseling and help keep residential life enjoyable for all. They also check in students at night, monitor hall chores, and help the faculty duty team each evening and weekend. The Head Boarding Prefect is a 12th grade position; she is the representative of the boarders and other prefects to the school. She leads weekly prefect meetings with the Director of Residence Life and is the student coordinator of the Residential Program. The Head Day Prefect is a 12th grade position; she works with the Day Student Coordinator, overseeing day student affairs and facilitating monthly meetings with day students. The Head Day Prefect is also responsible for creating and supervising day student responsibilities on campus.