PREFECTS’ SELECTION PROCESS
The school considers service, values, social justice and fairness as key ingredients in leadership. Leadership is inclusive; everyone is welcome on board: For a chance at governance and total inclusion, the school has junior and senior prefects.
We have eight prefectural positions and sixteen prefects. Each position has a boy and a girl.
Candidates- usually the year 11s- campaign vigorously whilst adhering to set guidelines and rules. Manifesto night is the most thrilling moment. Candidates read their manifestoes to the school body comprising of both staff and students who also get a chance to ask them questions based on their manifestos. On voting day, both students and staff members are expected to vote for various candidates of the choice.
Stage One – Nominations
In this stage, application forms will be made available to the students. The forms have to be filled and returned within the stated days, Nomination forms require recommendation by a teacher, the applicant’s Head of House and House Parent.
Stage - Two – Selection by the Scrutiny committee
This is the screening stage, which involves the gathering of feedback and comments on nominees by the scrutiny committee comprising of Heads of Houses and Senior House Parents. Reports from Leadership training programme, Heads of Department reports on students prep supervisions and the Senior Master who would have a better understanding of the suitability of the nominated students as prefects. Based on the thorough scrutiny of their past academic and behavioral records, eligible candidates will be selected.
Stage Three – Consultation with the Students’ Representative’s Body
The chairman of the scrutiny committee and the Prefects’ Liaison officers will meet with the school Prefects to discuss the deselecting process. Thereafter, those disqualified will be invited and informed of the possible reasons for their disqualification. Any student deselected through this process has the right to appeal in writing to the Principal. Such appeal should get to his office through his Secretary at designated time.
Stage Four – Campaigns start
All candidates are to work individually or in teams to actively campaign for votes. They will be allowed to use various mediums of campaign material (subject to the approved of the Prefects’ Selection Committee), and are encouraged to be creative in securing support of their schoolmates. A candidate’s success in the campaign is largely dependent on how successful he is in gathering support from the student body during his/her campaigns. If a candidate fails to adhere to the rules of the campaigning or receives adverse feedback from his/her teachers at this stage, he/she may be withdrawn from the elections.
Stage Five – Presentation Manifestoes
As part of the campaign process, candidates will have to make speeches and participate in dialogue sessions with the teachers and the student body.
Stage Six – Voting Exercise
The teachers and the Student in Years 7 – 12 will vote. The votes will be cast using ballot papers. Teachers can vote for a maximum of ten candidates while the students can vote for only five candidates.
Stage Seven – Interview
In this stage, candidates with the higher number of votes will be selected for interview by a panel. Candidates have to prove to the interview panel that they have what it takes to assume the role of being school prefects.
Stage Eight – Conclusion of the Prefects Selection
The results of the interview will be discussed with the school management. The panel members will make their individual recommendations to the principal who makes the final selection and affixes the portfolios to the prefects. The principal may choose to interview individual candidates during this process. The results of the prefect selection will be announced to the whole school during the last assembly of the term.
Successful candidates will be addressed as Newly Elected Prefects (NEPs).