About Leadership

SMUS’ Definition of Leadership

We believe that leadership is a process of engagement which moves people to understanding and action in an environment inspired by trust.

SMUS is committed to supporting each student in their journey to becoming a leader. Just like academics, the arts and athletics, all our students can benefit from having the experience of leadership and opportunities and training to develop their potential as a leader. The foundation of the leadership programme is based on the following four pillars:

  • Service
  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Courage

5 Streams of Leadership

The content of the program will be based on five areas that have been identified as most important in the development of good leadership.

Service – To foster a culture of service, citizenship and responsibility at SMUS. Each student from Kindergarten to Grade 12 will participate in meaningful service to others off campus. The Director of Service and Community Service Coordinator support service efforts at the school. Please refer to the Service category to see the updated service opportunities.

Sustainability – Focusing on environmental issues and increasing our awareness and decreasing our environmental impact. The school is focusing on small everyday actions and habits along with major facilities changes to improve our environmental sustainability. The Junior School has the Environment Club, and Middle and Senior Schools each have an E-Team.

Global Responsibility – Appreciating that there is a world beyond us; a world we are a part of, and one that we can – and should –  play an active role in improving. While learning about different places in the world, cultures, issues, governments, and what it means to be a global citizen, students learn the tools to be successful in the global world.

Principles of Leadership – the theoretical and ethical foundation for solid leadership practice. The Virtues (introduced at the Junior School) and the Pillars are woven through the content of chapel and school life. There are opportunities to discuss ethics, character and how to be a good leader.

Experiential Education / Outdoor Education -“Hands on learning.” Providing students with opportunities to learn through doing, to reflect on their experiences, and apply their learning to other situations in the outdoors or in the classroom. We provide many field trip opportunities, Outdoor Experiences from Grade 6 – 12, the Grade 10 Experiential Program, and Outdoor Leadership 11/12. Students in different contexts examine Self, Self and Others, and Self and the World.