The 7 Habits
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People | The Leader in Me
With the support of the FranklinCovey, Le Page Primary has a laser-like focus on how we as educators can create leaders, one child at a time. The Leader in Me initiative is based on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The following Habits are embedded across all subject areas, and demonstrated and taught daily.
Take responsibility for your life. Choose to act deliberately and take responsibility for your actions. Listen to your language and be proactive rather than reactive.
Begin With the End in Mind
Define your mission and goals in life. Live with hope and purpose. Know what you want before you begin.
Put First Things First
Prioritise and do the most important things first. Make the most effective use of your time by prioritising. Work smarter, not harder.
Have an ‘everyone can win’ attitude. Build successful relationships with others by finding a solution that works for all.
Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood
Listen to people sincerely. Hear others with your eyes, ears and heart. Only 7% of communication is verbal, 93% is body language, tone and feeling.
Work together to achieve more. Two or more people can work together to create a better solution than either one could create alone. Synergy requires valuing people’s uniqueness and individuality.
Sharpen the Saw
Renew yourself regularly. Balance all four dimensions of your life: body, mind, heart and soul.
Each student has a Leadership Notebook in which personal and academic goals are written and tracked on a termly basis. Achievement charts are used to recorded progress towards goals and the management of self. The Leadership Notebook is a hands-on resource that helps staff and students practice the 7 Habits, in a relevant manner and celebrates the Victories of students. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People provides school community members with a framework of common understandings and language, which is embedded into all aspects of teaching and learning. The framework supports all discipline, communication and grievance processes in the school.
Working in Your Element and Buddies
Each week we alternate between 50-minute Working in Your Element and Buddies sessions as part of our Leader in Me program. Working In Your Element – Based on the research of Sir Ken Robinson, this program provides opportunities for children to participate in a variety of activities they are passionate about e.g. sports, arts, gardening, sewing. Grade 6 students with specific skills and passions are encouraged to facilitate elective workshops alongside their teachers.
The students in Years P-2 have Buddies in Years 3-6. Once a fortnight they spend the afternoon together, participating in activities that focus on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
To celebrate our learning about the 7 Habits, two Leadership Days are scheduled each year. On these occasions the community is invited along with teachers from other schools to learn from our students and to see the 7 Habits in action. Students have opportunities to share their passions and talents and demonstrate their Leadership skills by conducting tours, running workshops and performing.
Student Led Assemblies
Assembly takes place on Friday afternoons at 3.00pm. The students lead the assembly. It includes presentation of Leader of the Week awards for each class, Specialists awards, and information about the Habit of the Week, along with any other school community announcements.
Student Lighthouse Team (Junior School Council)
Our Student Lighthouse Team aims to shine light into the world. The student representatives are called upon to share their ideas and aspirations for themselves and for their peers, school, community and world. The Student Lighthouse team is the student voice to the staff and School Council. Each year the team prioritizes charity and community projects, with the goal of helping others.