Here at Leysin American School in Switzerland, we are excited to welcome this year’s student leaders to their new positions! The members of this team will work hard to enact change at our school and maintain a welcoming, supportive, and forward-looking environment. The LAS Leadership Program is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in leadership positions and regularly work with their peers on exciting projects. In addition to these formal leadership roles, a wide range of leadership opportunities are available to all students at the school, providing them with new skills over this academic year.
Leadership opportunities at LAS range from dorm work to academic involvement, student council, team captains, and service work. Official student leadership positions include prefects, ambassadors, senior proctors, dorm representatives, Student Council, Honor Council, the International Award program, and more. With regular meetings and a fantastic team, we look forward to seeing what they plan to achieve in the year ahead.
After talking to our student leaders, we are excited about all they have to offer in their roles. One senior proctor stated that they “enjoy being a part of the LAS community that speaks up for things that students wish to happen.” Another leadership team member said they were “looking forward to working on a variety of projects” and would “like to focus on receiving more input from the student body on a variety of issues.” It’s great to hear that the leadership team would like to work primarily in the student body’s interest and generate even more student involvement in the decisions that will ultimately affect them.
In addition to these roles, students can gain leadership experience through clubs, athletic teams, and events. This will help develop their organizational, teamwork, and decision-making skills and help them understand their strengths and weaknesses. Students are also encouraged to practice leadership skills in their daily school life by wearing the correct uniform, acting responsibly, and being role models to other students during class and after school.
The leadership programs and opportunities at LAS empower students to become independent thinkers who can make a positive impact within our community and beyond. We provide diverse opportunities to ensure that all students can engage in meaningful ways, cultivate their leadership abilities, and uncover their innate potential. Even if students are not part of the leadership team, we encourage them to participate in extracurricular activities and serve as role models for other students at the school.